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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 between 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). Current Leadership and Service Roles: Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Humanities, UCD (2017-present) Editorial Board, Journal of Victorian Culture (2019-present) Executive Board Member, European Society for Periodical Research - (2017-present) Executive Board Member, Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities, UCD (2017-present) Advisory Board MemberMemory Studies Association - (2016-present) Editorian Board, UCD Press (2014-present) Advisory Board Member, Centre for Memory and Literature (University of Iceland) - (2013-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 - 30 Jun 2020
  • 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
    University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandAug 2017 - Jun 2018
  • Steering Group Member, Institutional Self-Evaluation Report
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2019
  • Deptuy Chair, Review Group, Quality Review of School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2018 - 1 Apr 2019
  • Programme Board Member, NCAD
    National College of Art and Design, Ireland1 May 2018 - 1 Sep 2019
  • Working Group, UCD Curriculum Management System
    University College Dublin, IrelandMay 2017 - Aug 2017
  • Working Group, UCD Grading Scales
    Univeristy College Dublin, IrelandAug 2018 - Nov 2018
  • Working Group, Institutional Strategy on Career Development and Employability
    University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandJan 2018 - May 2018


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


  • French
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