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Professor Frank Shovlin B.A., M.A., M.St., D.Phil.

Professor of Irish Literature in English Institute of Irish Studies


    Personal Statement

    Living and working in Liverpool since 2000, I am a native of the West of Ireland and was educated at University College Galway where I took BA and MA degrees before moving on to St John's College, Oxford where I completed my D. Phil. in 2000 under the supervision of Mr Tom Paulin. I have extensive experience of graduate student supervision and mentoring and welcome approaches from students interested in all aspects of Irish literature from the late nineteenth century onwards. I have successfully supervised 12 doctoral students on these topics:

    • Katharine Tynan, Winnifred Letts and the Irish Literary revival, 1890-1922
    • Women of the Diaspora and the Irish Novel 1890-1916
    • The Bell and its Circle 1940-1954
    • ‘The Return to the People': Empire, Class, and Religion in Lady Gregory's Dramatic Works’
    • The Argument with the Self: Individual and Community in Liam O’Flaherty, Patrick Kavanagh and John McGahern
    • The Failure of the Irish Novel 1920-1965
    • The Irish Literary Periodical 1904-1914
    • Bohemian Networks in Dublin-Belfast-London, 1945-1966
    • The Life and Work of Jim Phelan
    • Whetstone: Stanislaus Joyce and the Fraternal Relationships in Finnegans Wake
    • Finnegans Wake, Ulster and the road to Partition
    • Joyce’s Gnomen: Tracing the Geometry of Bruno in Dubliners

    Prizes or Honours

    • Overseas Conference Grant (British Academy, 2007)
    • AHRC Research Leave (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2005)
    • British Academy Small Grant (British Academy, 2005)
    • British Academy Small Grant award (British Academy, 2002)

    Funded Fellowships

    • Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship (National University of Ireland, Galway, 2013)
    • Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust, 2012)
    • Cora Maud O'Neal Fellowship at Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin (Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, 2009)
    • St John's College, Oxford visiting scholarship (St John's College Oxford, 2005)