Melissa Farrell

Postgraduate Research Student


Melissa has a 1st Class BA in Irish studies and English from the Univeristy of Liverpool. Melissa was awarded the George Huxley and David Thistlewood prizes for her Undergraduate dissertation. She then went on to attain her MA, with distinction, in Irish Studies.

Outside of her studies, Melissa has written and produced several plays including an adaptation of Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" as well as some short Irish plays which were performed at the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"'My Whetstone': Uncovering Stanislaus Joyce in Finnegans Wake."

Melissa's thesis is an in-depth analysis of the brother relationship in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (1939). Building from Michael H. Begnal’s theory of ‘interpolations’ in the book, it examines five excerpts which deviate from the foundational narrative and involve interfaces between two brothers who bear resemblance to James himself and his brother Stanislaus Joyce. The research is interdisciplinary, drawing from biographical, historical, and cultural studies. 

Research Funding

Sir Joseph Rotblat Alumini Scholarship