Dr Pádraic Whyte

Dr Pádraic Whyte
Dr Pádraic Whyte

• B.A. (Hons), English and Drama, Trinity College Dublin
• PhD, Children’s Literature and Children’s Film in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin

whytepa@tcd.ie  (as from 2010)

Following on from his Research Fellowship post at the Institute of Irish Studies (2008-2009), Dr Whyte was appointed as Lecturer in Children's Literature and co-director of the M.Phil in Children's Literature at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies (2008-2009):

Research Interests

Research interests include: Children’s literature and film in Ireland; Representations of Irish history and childhood in literature and film for children and for adults; Contemporary Irish fiction; Constructions of gender and sexuality in contemporary Irish fiction for children; Irish culture 1988-2008.

Current research

Pádraic is currently researching the construction of history and of childhood in two main areas of Irish culture: children’s films and children’s literary fictions that were produced between 1988 and 2008. The project also analyses representations of childhood and history in adult or ‘mainstream’ Irish fiction, and uses these adult texts as a point of comparison to examine the extent to which children’s texts are pioneering in their engagement with complex cultural discourses of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Ireland.

He is also working on a research project that analyses the representations of fathers and young men in contemporary teen fiction and the construction of various forms of masculinities within specific texts. The research focuses on Irish and British fiction.

Select Publications

  • Childhood, Ireland, and Heritage in John Roberts’ War of the Buttons’, in Mary Shine Thompson and Amanda Piesse (eds.) Studies in Children’s Literature; Young Irelands (Dublin: Four Courts Press, Forthcoming)
  • Teenage Tantrums and Territorial Traumas; Mark O’Sullivan’s ‘Melody for Nora’, in Valerie Coghlan and Mary Shine Thompson (eds.) Studies in Children’s Literature; Divided Worlds (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007)
  • American Dreams and Irish Myths: John Sayles’s ‘The Secret of Roan Inish’, in John Hill and Kevin Rockett (eds.) Studies in Irish Film (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006)
  • Escape From Fantasy Ireland; Martin Duffy’s ‘The Boy From Mercury’, in John Hill and Kevin Rockett (eds.) Film History and National Cinema (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005)
  • Validating The Veracity: Narrative Voice and the Construction of Authentic Histories in Joan O’Neill’s ‘Daisy Chain War’, in New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship Vol. 10, No. 1 (London: Routledge, 2004)
  • Wars of Independence: The Construction of Irish Histories in the Work of Gerard Whelan and Siobhán Parkinson, in Celia Keenan and Mary Shine Thompson (eds.) Studies in Children’s Literature 1500-2000 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004)
  • Interview with Enda Walsh, Film and Film Culture Vol. 1 (Waterford Institute of Technology, 2002). Co-authored with Niamh Thornton.
  • History for the Present, Film and Film Culture Vol. 1 (Waterford: Waterford Institute of Technology, 2002)