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Research Interests

My research interests are in Victorian, twentieth and twentieth-first century Irish literarure and culture, particulay lesbian writing, spatial theory and feminist and queer theory. 

My research examines the use and applications of space in Irish lesbian fiction ranging from the Victorian era to the present day. Taking liminality theory as my central theme and focus my work engages with notions of intersectionality, thresholds, crossings and transitions. In suggesting the overlap between the indeterminate threshold of the liminal space and its ambiguously queer potentiality my recent work examines the dynamics of space and its relationship to lesbianism. 

Recent publications have focused on the work of authors Kate O'Brien and Emma Donoghue. 


I teach on the following undergradue modules: 

ENG2081: Irish Literature


ENG1001: English in Transition 


I am the membership and liasion officer for Sibeal Feminist and Gender Studies Network, Ireland/Northern Ireland's only network for postgraduare and early career researchers working in Feminism and Gender Studies. 

In 2017 I was awareded the Helen McQuittan Prize for the study of Northern Irish Women's Literature. 

In 2017 I was selected as a junior scholar to present at Queering Ireland, a prestigious international conference of Irish queer studies in the University of South Carolina. 


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Research Output

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Liminal Space and Minority Communities in Kate O'Brien's Mary Lavelle

Finlay-Jeffrey, A., 15 May 2020, In : Journal of International Women's Studies. 21, 3, p. 36-49

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Amy Lamé. From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQI+ Movement

    Finlay-Jeffrey, A., 12 Jul 2018, In : Sibéal. 3 (Revolutionary Genders)

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Mary Dorcey's Woodshed and it's Implications for Irish Society

    Finlay Jeffrey, A., 12 Apr 2017, In : Sibeal 'invisible Lines' . 2: Invisible Lines, p. 6-15 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    AHRC Northern Bridge Studentship

    Finlay-Jeffrey, Amy (Recipient), 01 Oct 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Helen MacQuittan Prize for the study of Northern Irish women writers.

    Finlay-Jeffrey, Amy (Recipient), 05 Jul 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • University of South Carolina Travel Scholarship

    Finlay-Jeffrey, Amy (Recipient), 15 May 2017

    Prize: Other distinction


    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Hosting an academic visitor
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Diane Purkiss

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Host)

    07 Apr 201708 Apr 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Damsels in Redress

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Participant)

    07 Apr 201708 Apr 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Lesbians: Ireland's forgotten literary women

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Advisor)

    30 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Talking Bodies Conference 2015

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Advisor)

    02 Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Towards a Queer Liminality: An examination of the use of space in Irish lesbian fiction 1872-2017

    Author: Finlay-Jeffrey, A., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Sturgeon, S. (Supervisor) & Lehner, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy