Niamh Campbell

Niamh Campbell


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Research interests

My doctoral research focuses on the role of ambient (environmental, spatial, architectural) poetics in the work of the novelist and short-story writer John McGahern, with emphasis on McGahern's significance as an 'official' Irish writer. 

I am also developing a working interest in (minor) architecture as a metaphysical backdrop in the intersecting phenomena of devotional culture, drama, and propaganda in post-Famine Ireland.  

Biographical details


I hold a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature from from University College Dublin (2009) and an MPhil in Anglo-Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin (2011), and commenced my DPhil at King's College London in 2011.


I am funded by KCL's Continuation Scholarship and have been in receipt of additional one-off funding from the British Association of Irish Studies, National University of Ireland Galway, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Aberdeen (Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies). 


I have experience as a graduate teaching assistant and have undertaken teacher training; I am currently working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and have designed, convened, and taught a compressed course for the KCL Summer School (2013). 


In 2013 I was selected to take part in the University of Notre Dame's "Dissertation Accelerator" programme and have contributed to an upcoming collection of essays on John McGahern (2014). I have delivered papers at academic conferences hosted by Trinity College Dublin, King's College London, the University of Aberdeen, the European Federation of Associations and Centres for Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast, and University College Dublin. 



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