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Assoc Professor Fionnuala Dillane

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; periodical studies, memory studies and gender with a particular expertise on George Eliot and the periodical and newspaper press. My other main area of interest concerns the dynamic interplay of memory, genre, affect and narrative. 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. 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, republished in 2018 by Routledge; collection of essays on Ireland, Iceland and Memory with Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir (in progress). Current Leadership and Service Roles: --Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, UCD (2017-present) --Editorial Board, Journal of Victorian Culture (2020-present) --Executive Board Member, European Society for Periodical Research (2018-present) --Board Member, UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities (201 7-present) --Advisory Board Member Memory Studies Association (2016-present) --Editorial Board, UCD Press (2014-present) --Advisory Board Member, Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature (2014-present) --Board Member, Irish Memory Studies Network (2012-present) --Board of Directors, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals ( (2015-17) --Management Committee, COST action 1203, In Search of Trans-Cultural Memory in Europe ( (2013-16)


  • Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities
    University College Dublin, School of English, Drama, Film, Newman Building, Dublin, Dublin, 4, Ireland1 Apr 2017
  • Chair, Working Group on Access to Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Law
    UCD, Ireland1 Jun 2017 - 1 Apr 2018
  • Steering Group Member, Student and Academic Services Review
    UCD, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2017 - 1 Jun 2018
  • Steering Group Member, Institutional Self-Evaluation Report
    UCD, Dublin, Ireland1 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2019
  • Deptuy Chair, Review Group, Quality Review of School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences
    UCD, Dublin, IrelandFeb 2019 - Apr 2019
  • Programme Board Member
    National College of Art and Design, Ireland1 May 2018 - 1 Sep 2019


  • External Examiner
    Dublin City University, English, Dublin, Ireland1 Oct 2019 - 30 Sep 2023


  • French
    Can read, speak and understand