Dr Caroline Magennis


Research Interests: Contemporary Fiction, Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Literature, Northern Irish Culture, Memory, Critical Theory, Study Abroad Pedagogy.




  • Sons of Ulster: Masculinities in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010.


Refereed Journal Articles

  • ‘“Bubbles of joy”: Moments of Pleasure in recent Northern Irish Culture.’ Études Irlandaises (2017)
  • ‘Titanic Men and Special Powers”: Re-writing Protestant History in the novels of Glenn Patterson.’ Irish Studies Review, 22.4 (2015).
  • ‘“He devours her with his gaze’: Maurice Leitch’s Stamping Ground and the politics of the visual.’ Irish University Review, 44.2 (2014).
  • ‘“Each fantasy chosen begin”: The music of The Divine Comedy.’ Irish Studies Review, 21.2 (2013).
  • ‘“What does not respect borders”: The Troubled Body and the ‘Peace’ Process in some Northern Irish fiction.’ Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 36.1 (2012).
  • ‘“[That] great swollen belly”: The Excessive Maternal in some recent Northern Irish Fiction.’ Irish Studies Review, 18.1 (2010).


Book Chapters

  • ‘Intimacy in Contemporary Northern Irish Short Fiction: The Glass Shore (2016).’ Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Literary Fiction. London: Routledge, 2018.
  •  ‘Sex and Violence in Northern Irish Women’s Fiction.’ The Handbook of Modern Irish Fiction. Ed. Liam Harte. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  •  ‘Fiction from Northern Ireland.’ A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature. Ed. Heather Ingman and Cliona O Gallchoir. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • ‘“That’s not so comfortable for you, is it?’ The spectre of misogyny in The Fall.’ The Body in Pain in Irish Culture. Ed. Emilie Pine and Fionnuala Dillane. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016.
  •  ‘My narrative falters, as it must’: Rethinking Memory in recent Northern Irish Fiction.’ Post-Conflict Literature. Ed. Chris Andrews and Matthew McGuire. Routledge, 2016.
  • ‘“The Unpleasantness”: Queer Space in Northern Irish fiction.’ No Country For Old Men: Fresh Perspectives on Irish Literature. Ed. Alison O’Malley-Younger and Paddy Lyons. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008. This was selected to be anthologised in Reimagining Ireland: A Reader (Peter Lang, 2018).
  • ‘The Unrelenting Protagonist: The Anti-Hero in the Novels of Eoin McNamee.’ Beyond the Anchoring Grounds: More Crosscurrents in Irish and Scottish Studies, edited by Shane Murphy, Johanna Archbold, John Gibney and Carole Jones. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona, 2005.


Collaborative Writing and Editing Projects

  • Invited contribution (by Prof. Margaret Kelleher) – Responding to The Glass Shore: An Anthology of Readers, Irish University Review 47.3 (Autumn/Winter 2017).
  • ‘#Agreement20: The Impact and Legacy of the 1998 Agreement’. Open Library of the Humanities, ed. and intro with George Legg and Maggie Scull, 2018
  • ‘The Melancholy Empire: Twenty-First Century British and Irish Literature.’ C21, ed. and intro with Alex Beaumont, 2017.
  • Irish Masculinities: Critical Reflections on Literature and Culture, ed. and intro with Raymond Mullen. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011.
  • A Further Shore: Essays in Irish and Scottish Studies, ed. and intro with Eadaoin Agnew, Eamonn Hughes and Christina Morin. Aberdeen: Aberdeen UP: 2008.


Peer Reviewing

  • Section Editor for Contemporary Literature for Open Library of the Humanities.
  • Editorial Board, Irish Studies Review and Irish Studies in Europe.
  • Book reviewer for Irish Studies Review and The Irish Review.
  • Peer reviewer for Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Irish Studies Review, Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Textus, Irish University Review and Journal of Art Historiography.
  • Book proposal reviewer: Palgrave Macmillan


Open Access and Blogs



Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, University of Salford (May 2014-Present)

  • Modules Convened: Theory and Practice (First Year Core), Revival and Revolution: Irish Literature 1890-1930 (Second Year Option), Alternative Ulster: Northern Irish Literature and Culture (Third Year Option), Modernism (Third Year Core)
  • Modules Taught: Literature, Culture, Modernity (MA Core), Theory, Text, Writing (MA Core), Narrative Fiction and the Novel (First Year Core), Introduction to Poetry (First Year Core), MA Dissertation Supervision
  • PhD Supervision: Amjad Ashalan (Beckett and Visual Art), 2015-2018.


Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Admissions Lead for English Literature, Language, Creative Writing and Drama (September 2016-Present), Admissions Tutor (May 2014-September 2016): recruitment marketing strategies and materials (including updating online Coursefinder), outreach activities including assessment of non-traditional applicants and programme of School and community visits, clearing and Open Days.
  • Technology Enhanced Learning Champion
  • Oversight Committee for Training, Employability and Knowledge Exchange for AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership
  • University Workplace Inclusion Committee
  • Personal Tutor to 40 students
  • Internal Examiner for PhD theses in School of Arts and Media
  • External Relations and Connections Officer, Women’s Voice, University of Salford


Professional Development

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Awarded February 2015).
  • Training completed on PhD supervision, Data Protection, Student Support and Information Systems including Hobsons/UCAS.


Training Delivered to Colleagues

  • ‘Open Access for Community Engagement’. Presentation given to University-wide Open Access Event, October 2017.
  • Training session delivered to Recruitment Team on English Literature, Language, Creative Writing and Drama degree programmes, September 2017
  • ‘Twenty First Century Texts and Networks’. Presentation given to AHRC-funded North West Doctoral Training Consortium, January 2016.
  • ‘Social Media for Academics’. Presentation given to Senior Staff Development Day, July 2015.


Teaching Fellow (Harlaxton College, June 2012 to May 2014)

  • Modules Convened: Contemporary Irish Literature
  • Modules Taught: The British Experience from the Celts to the Present, Mapping the Nation: Creating Britain, British Studies Honours


Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Liaison to the University of Evansville Curriculum Committee on behalf of Harlaxton Faculty Council.
  • Student Academic Events Co-Ordinator
  • Convenor of London Field-Trip to St Paul’s Cathedral and National Portrait Gallery.
  • Duty Tutor and Certified First Aider.
  • Personal Advisor to 10-15 students.


Teaching Fellow (University of Limerick, September 2010-May 2012)

  • Modules Convened: Critical Practice 2: Renaissance Literature (First Year Core), The Irish Literary Revival (First Year Core), Contemporary Irish Literature (Final Year Option).
  • Modules Taught: Critical Practice 1: American Fiction and Narrative Theory (First Year Core), Introduction to Literary Theory (Second Year Core), After the Revival: Studies in Modern Irish Poetry (Second Year Option), Imagined Spaces in Irish Literature and Film (Second Year Option), Gender and Sexuality in Irish Writing (MA Core), Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity (MA Core), Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision


Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Curriculum Development Committee.
  • Personal Advisor to 20 students.
  • Liaison to International Office, Curriculum Division.
  • Section Representative to Disability Services.


Teaching Assistant (School of English, Queen’s University, Belfast, February 2006-June 2010)

  • Modules Convened: Irish Fiction in the Twentieth Century (Third Year Option).
  • Modules Taught: Sounds of the City (First Year Core), Introduction to Irish Literature (Second Year Core), Northern Ireland since the 1960s (MA Option).


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast, September 2009-September 2010)

  • Funded by Irish Studies International Research Initiative
  • Manager: Prof Graham Walker (QUB, School of Politics)
  • Role: conduct research, organise events


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (University College Dublin, June-September 2009)

  • PRTLI funded Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive Project
  • PI: Prof. Gerardine Meaney (UCD)
  • Role: Digital curation and project dissemination for the Austin Clarke Virtual Library Archive.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (University College Dublin, May-November 2008)

  • AHRC funded Women in Modern Irish Culture (WIMIC) Database
  • PIs: Prof Maria Luddy (Warwick) and Prof Gerardine Meaney (UCD)
  • Role: Research and Digitising Records


Invited Teaching

  • Umeå University, Sweden (ERASMUS Exchange, December 2010) – MA Module: Irish Women Writers.
  • School of English and Drama, University College, Dublin (April 2009) – MA Module: Race, Sex and Nation



Funding Awarded:

  • #Agreement20 Project (2018): University of Salford Impact Fund (£200), British Association for Irish Studies (£200), Irish Embassy/DFA (Amount TBC)
  • Manchester Bomb Event at Irish Centre (2016): Being Human Festival Award (£1000)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship (2015): University of Salford (£2000, bidding support and mentoring).
  • Conference Travel Award (2016): Santander Bank (£500)
  • Conference Funding (2015): British Association for Irish Studies (£200)
  • Principal’s Bursary for Research (2013): University of Evansville (£1000).
  • The Wheeler Fund Prize for Library Resources (2012): University of Evansville (£500).
  • Conference Attendance (2012): Harlaxton College and University of Evansville (£1500).
  • Conference Attendance (2010-2012): University of Limerick (1300 Euros).
  • Crosscurrents in Irish and Scottish Studies Conference (2006): Arts and Humanities Research Council (£1500).
  • Margaret Cuthbert Frazer Research Bursary (2006): Queen’s University Belfast (£1500).



  • Conference Organisation: The Melancholy Empire: British and Irish Literature in the Twenty-First Century (April 2015, funded by British Association for Irish Studies and the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford).
  • Invited Panellist for The Guardian’s Higher Education Network: ‘International students: can we do more to welcome them?’
  • Articles published in The Times Higher Education Supplement and The Irish Times.
  • Co-organiser of the public Gold Room Lecture Series at Harlaxton.
  • Curator of #femlead Twitter discussions for University of Venus, Inside Higher Ed.
  • Various media interviews including national radio to promote Irish Masculinities edited collection (2011).
  • Irish Literature and Culture Seminar Series (2011-12). Funding from University of Limerick Faculty Teaching Board (1200 Euros).



  • British Association of Irish Studies (Executive Council Member and Communications Co-Ordinator, January 2013-Present).
  • British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (Co-founded, Executive Committee Member and Publicity Officer, May 2016-Present)
  • European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (Steering Board Member and UK Representative, September 2015-Present)
  • International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.
  • American Conference of Irish Studies.
  • Northern Postcolonial Network



Invited Presentations

  • ‘Unsettling Intimacy – Northern Irish Short Fiction after the Agreement’, John Hewitt Summer School, July 2017.
  • Roundtable discussant: ‘The Borders of Irish Literature’ and ‘Rethinking the Contemporary’ at English Shared Futures, Newcastle, July 2017.
  • ‘Fleeting Attachments: The Modernist Moment in Contemporary Northern Irish Writing’, ESRC Memory and Northern Ireland Seminar, University of Ulster, June 2017.
  • ‘”Only for a moment; but it was enough”: Writing Intimacy in Recent Northern Irish Literature’. University of Cambridge Irish Seminar, March 2017.
  • ‘”I’m getting ahead of myself, I know, jumbling things up again”: The Problems and Possibilities of Memory.‘ ESRC Memory and Northern Ireland Seminar, University of Huddersfield, July 2016.
  • ‘”History exists in your body”: The Legacy of Nationalist Biopolitics in Contemporary Culture’. Rethinking the Hunger Strikes. King’s College London, June 2016.
  • ‘Untold Pleasures in Northern Irish Writing’. London Irish Seminar at Institute of English Studies, Senate House, October 2015.
  • Contemporary Historical Fiction Roundtable with Joseph Brooker and Martin Eve, Birkbeck Arts Week, May 2015.
  • Conference Keynote: ‘The Recesses of Loss: Melancholia and Futurity in Twenty-First Century Northern Irish Fiction’. The Literature of Loss, University of Limerick, February 2015.
  • ‘Bodies that Matter in Northern Ireland’. Critical Approaches to the Peace Process, Edge Hill University, January 2015.
  • ‘Beyond the Past: Theoretical Approaches to ‘Post’-conflict Culture’. University of Salford Arts and Media Research Seminar, November 2014.
  • ‘Televising the Spectre of Misogyny in the ‘new’ Northern Ireland’. Theory Seminar Series at York St John, November 2014
  • ‘The Past and Possibility in Northern Irish Fiction’. Media, Society and Post-Conflict Culture Symposium, University of Ulster, September 2014.


Conference Papers

  • ‘Moments of Being: Intimacy in Northern Irish Women’s Short Fiction’.  IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures) Conference, University of Cork, July 2016.
  • ‘Bad Timing: Failed Revolutions in Contemporary Northern Irish Fiction’. What Happens Now, University of Lincoln, June 2016.
  • ‘Now everything had changed’: Transformations in Northern Irish Women’s Fiction. British Association for Irish Studies, St Mary’s, Twickenham, September 2015.
  • ‘Feeling History in Twenty-First Century Northern Irish Women’s Fiction’. IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures) Conference, University of York, July 2015.
  • ‘“It’s harder to tell a story, though, than you’d think”: The politics of memory and narrative in ‘post’-conflict Northern Irish Fiction’. Memory Network, University of Roehampton, September 2014.
  • ‘Writing through the body: Lucy Caldwell’s All the Beggars Riding’. What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English. University of Lincoln, July 2014.
  • ‘“That’s not so comfortable for you, is it?” Sexualising Terror in The Fall’. American Conference of Irish Studies and the Canadian Conference of Irish Studies Joint Conference. University College Dublin, June 2014.