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Eamonn Hughes

Dr Eamonn Hughes

Senior Lecturer

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Eamonn Hughes has lectured in the School of English since 1990, and was made Senior Lecturer in 2001. He was appointed as Assistant Director of the Institute of Irish Studies in 2005 and was its Acting Director in 2007-8. He was one of the founders of the British Association for Irish Studies in 1985 and for the next five years was a member of its Executive Committee and established and edited its Newsletter . He co-organised the Queen's English Society for many years and sits on the management committee of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry , which now organizes literary readings and talks at Queen's. He was a member of the Combined Arts Committee of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (1990-2), for which he has also acted as a Special Advisor (serving, among other things, on numerous bursary panels), and has been on the Steering Committee of the Between the Lines Literary Festival since its inception in 1996. He is also a regular contributor to Irish cultural publications and broadcasts regularly on arts and culture on BBCNI. He is a member of the Irish Studies Research Forum and of the Postcolonial Studies Research Forum at Queen's. He has lectured on numerous aspects of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies in many countries.

Research Statement

Eamonn Hughes specialises in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies on which he has published widely. He has particular interests in prose writing, especially autobiography, and in the representation of place in poetry. He edited Northern Ireland: Culture and Politics 1960-1990 (Open University Press, 1991), and co-edited Last before America: Irish and American Writing (Blackstaff Press, 2001 - with Fran Brearton) and Ireland (Ulster) Scotland: Concepts, Contexts, Comparisons. Proceedings of ISAI 2002, QUB 20-22 September 2002 (Cló Ollscoil na Banríona, 2003 - with Edna Longley & Des O'Rawe). Recent publications include essays on William Carleton, autobiographical writing of the Irish Literary Revival Period, Northern Irish fiction, Belfast in poetry, Derek Mahon, John McGahern, Sean O'Casey and Troubles cinema.

His current major projects are a book on Irish autobiography from the seventeenth century to the present and a book on ideas of place in contemporary Northern Irish poetry.

PhD Supervision

Eamonn Hughes has considerable experience as a PhD supervisor, having seen fifteen candidates successfully through to completion on topics ranging from the Irish Literary Revival to contemporary thrillers, including theses on comparative literary studies, urban studies, aspects of gender and Irish writing, Joyce and globalization, post-colonial theory in relation to Ireland, and literature and the ‘Troubles'. Five further PhD supervisions or co-supervisions are in progress. He welcomes enquiries from prospective research students.


Eamonn Hughes teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, specialising in courses on Irish writing; he has also taught courses on Literary Modernism, Romanticism and Victorianism, and Twentieth Century Crime Fiction. As well as being Stage 1 convenor for a number of years, he was a co-founder of the Cultural Studies minor pathway on which he still teaches. He has also contributed to the teaching of the Film and Drama degrees at Queen's. He convenes the M.A. in Irish Writing and co-teaches the compulsory modules on Irish Intellectual History: Swift to the Irish Literary Revival and on Northern Ireland since the 1960s . Having taught modules on Irish Fiction and Irish Drama for many years he now teaches modules on Autobiography in Ireland and Irish Writing, 1920-60 .

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