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Research Interests

The canon of Irish literature, which has only within recent decades been expanded to include women writers, still privileges writing in which heterosexuality is the norm. More specifically, the history of lesbian fiction in Ireland has until recently, been largely unwritten. However, legal changes and the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland have produced a new space for lesbian writers-or those dealing with lesbian themes- to explore the “coming out” story, as well as offering new alternatives to the stereotyping that has hallmarked their liminal identification. Scholarly interest in Irish lesbian writing has been growing but there is still much research needed in this area. My thesis considers the role of lesbian identity in Irish literature from the nineteenth century to the present. It provides a historical analysis of lesbian identification in Irish fiction and seeks to discover links which have developed in representation throughout the centuries.


I have taught on the following modules at stage two undergraduate: 

ENG2081: Irish Literature. I received 4.6 out of 5 in student feedback. 


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

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

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

Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Recipient), 01 Oct 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Appointment as Membership and Liaison Officer

Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Recipient), 17 Nov 2018

Prize: Appointment

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

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Recipient), 05 Jul 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • University of South Carolina Travel Scholarship

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (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

    Lesbians: Ireland's forgotten literary women

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Advisor)
    30 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic 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

    Talking Bodies Conference 2015

    Amy Finlay-Jeffrey (Advisor)
    02 Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk