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Dr Daniel O'Connor

Colm Tóibín Lecturer in Creative Writing English


    Personal Statement

    I work on contemporary literature and creative writing.

    My debut novel, Nothing, is published by W&N.

    My monograph, Ted Hughes and Trauma (Palgrave 2016), discusses humanity, nature and nationhood in Hughes's poetry, alongside theorists such as Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes and Cathy Caruth.

    I am currently working on a formally inventive novel, Now and in England, which explores class and family in North-East England. My critical research is focused 'capitalist (un)realism' in twentieth-century and contemporary literature, looking at authors from Franz Kafka to Ali Smith.

    Academic support and feedback hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 3-4 on Teams (email me first) or by appointment.

    Watch an interview about my research on the Department of English YouTube channel.