Assistant Director, Institute of Irish Studies and Senior Lecturer, School of English
(Acting Director, IIS, Semester 1, 2011-12)
Dr Hughes specialises in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies on which he has published widely. His current interests are in Irish autobiography and concepts of place in Irish writing. Alongside his undergraduate teaching in English, he also co-convenes the minor degree in Cultural and Media Studies. He is the convenor of the M.A. in Irish Writing on which he offers courses on Irish prose and drama, and has supervised research in many areas including the Revival, women’s writing, contemporary poetry and fiction, and the literature of the Troubles. As well as his academic work he also organises the English Society and has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Between the Lines literary festival since its inception.
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.
1991 (ed. & intro.) Northern Ireland: Culture and Politics 1960-1990. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
2001 ‘Fiction and Prose’ in Stephen Douds & Mark Carruthers (eds) Stepping Stones: The Arts in Ulster Belfast: Blackstaff Press, pp. 79-102
2003 ‘“the fact of me-ness”: Autobiographical Writing in the Revival Period.’ Irish University Review Special Issue: New Perspectives on the Irish Literary Revival, ed. Margaret Kelleher, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 28-45
2003 ‘”What itch of contradiction?”: Belfast in Poetry’ in Nicholas Allen and Aaron Kelly (eds) The Cities of Belfast, Dublin: Four Courts Press, pp. 101-116
2003 Edna Longley, Eamonn Hughes & Des O’Rawe (eds & intro.) Ireland (Ulster) Scotland: Concepts, Contexts, Comparisons. Proceedings of ISAI 2002, QUB 20-22 September 2002, Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics 7)
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