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Dr Sarah Comyn


Sarah Comyn

Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow)
School of English, Drama and Film
University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Humanities Institute Ireland Belfield Dublin 4


Dr. Comyn's current research interests are in the literary culture and institutions of the long nineteenth century, settler colonial literature, and the transhistorical relationship between literature and political economy. She has recently published 'Political Economy and the Novel: A Literary History of “Homo Economicus”' (Palgrave, 2018), and 'Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere' (Palgrave, 2019; with Lara Atkin, Porscha Fermanis and Nathan Garvey). She is currently working on a monograph exploring the literary culture of the mechanics’ institute on the goldfields of Australia and is co-editing a collection, 'Worlding the South: Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture and the British Southern Colonies' (Manchester University Press, 2020; with Porscha Fermanis). Her work is also forthcoming in a number of edited collections including the 'Routledge Companion to Jane Austen' and the 'Cambridge Companion to Literature and Economics'.


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Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2020
Settler Social Identities: Rational Recreation in the Colonies in the Long Nineteenth Century
University College Dublin
UCD College of Arts and Humanities Research Funding Scheme