Centre for Studies in Literature
Dr Páraic Finnerty
- Qualifications: BA (UCD), MA in Modern English and American Literature (UCD), PhD (Kent), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Portsmouth)
- Role Title: Deputy Director of CSL and Reader in English and American Literature
- Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
- Telephone: 023 9284 6176
- Email: email@example.com
- Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
- Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
My central research interests are American literature and transatlantic literary relations. My first book, Emily Dickinson’s Shakespeare (2006), examines Shakespeare’s reception in nineteenth-century America and locates Dickinson’s allusions to his writings in this context. My second book, Dickinson and her British Contemporaries, will explore connections between Dickinson’s writings and the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, the Brontës, and George Eliot. In 2012, I was awarded an AHRC Early Career Fellowship to facilitate the completion of this project. I am also the co-author of Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson's Circle (2013) and co-editor of five journal special issues including two on nineteenth-century transatlantic celebrity culture.
I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Emily Dickinson International Society and serve on the Editorial Board of the Emily Dickinson Journal and the Advisory Board of Victoriographies.
I deliver English and American literature components of the undergraduate teaching in the School. I contribute to the following units:
- US Masculinities
- Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature
- Women's Writing in the Americas
- Poetry and Poetics
- Styles and Subversions
- Critical Thinking
Current Research Project: "Dickinson and her British Contemporaries”. This book-length project examines connections between Dickinson’s writings and the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Brontës, and George Eliot.