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Assoc Professor

Fionnuala Dillane

Associate Professor
School of English, Drama and Film
716 8256
University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I work predominantly in the field of nineteenth-century British literature and culture, in particular on the interactions of genre, affect constructions of authorship, and periodical and newspaper history. My monograph Before George Eliot: Marian Evans and the Periodical Press (Cambridge University Press, 2013) offers a reorientation of George Eliot studies, of nineteenth-century media history and of debates about the professionalization of female authorship in the nineteenth-century in its focus on the first decade of George Eliot's working life as an editor, journalist and serial fiction writer. The book is joint winner of the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize for 2014, an international award for the book that most advances understanding of the nineteenth-century British Press (See Before George Eliot was published in paperback by Cambridge University Press in 2016. My current work in this area includes book chapters and essays on genre and transmission in the periodical press.My other main area of interest concerns the dynamic interplay between of memory and narrative, particularly in contemporary British and Irish fiction. Three collaborative research projects with colleagues in the School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, Newcastle University and University of Iceland draw on these research interests (see Collaborators). Publications in this area include a collection of essays co-edited with Naomi McAreavey and Emilie Pine, The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan (2016); a co-edited special edition of the journal Slavery and Abolition (37.3, 2016) with Maria Stuart and Fionnghuala Sweeney; collection of essays on Ireland, Iceland and Memory with Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir (in progress).Research Roles and Commitments Research Society for Victorian Periodicals ( - Board of Directors for 2015-17Centre for Memory and Literature (University of Iceland) - Advisory Board MemberMemory Studies Association - Advisory Board MemberEuropean Society for Periodical Research - Interim Executive Board Member Irish Memory Studies Network ( - Board MemberUCD Press - Editorial Committee Member (2014-)COST action 1203, In Search of Trans-Cultural Memory in Europe ( - Management Committee (2013-16)


  • Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities
    UCD, School of English, Drama, Film, Newman Building, Dublin, Dublin, 4, Ireland1 Apr 2017 - 1 Apr 2020