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Professor Nicholas Daly


Nicholas Daly

Full Professor Of Modern English And American Literature
School of English, Drama and Film
716 8346
University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Professor Nicholas Daly, PhD (Brown), MRIA. I came to UCD in 2005 as Chair of Modern English and American Literature, having taught for ten years at Trinity College Dublin. I have also held visiting positions at Wesleyan University, CT (Spring, 1994/5), and Dartmouth College (Fall 2003/4). Most of my work has been on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction and drama, though I have also written about early cinema and visual culture, and I have a strong interest in popular literature and culture. I would be happy to supervise graduate research in these areas. I am on the advisory boards of the Journal of Victorian Culture, Novel, and the Irish University Review. My last project was on "the demographic imagination", and it looked at the various ways in which culture responded to the population surge of the nineteenth century. It was published by Cambridge University Press as The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City. My current project examines the representation of imaginary European territories from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries. In 2019 the monograph version, Ruritania: A Cultural History will appear from Oxford University Press, and Oxford World's Classics will publish my edition of Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda.


  • Chair of Modern English and American Literature
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2005
  • Visiting Associate Professor
    Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.1 Sep 2003
  • Lecturer in the School of English
    Trinity College, Dublin1 Jan 1995
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    Wesleyan University1 Jan 1994 - 1 Jan 1995
  • Teaching Asst., Teaching Fellow
    Brown University1 Jan 1991 - 1 Jan 1994


  • BA
    University College Cork
  • MA
    University College Cork
  • PhD
    Brown University RI