Daniel Magennis graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA(Hons) in French and German in 2013, an MA in French in 2015, and is currently studying for an AHRC-funded PhD in French, the title of which is “Representations of the 'Troubles' in French fiction and media cultures.”
This project seeks to bring to light and investigate a distinctive and so far ignored corpus of works of popular French fiction dealing with the Troubles in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as its repercussions and fallout. Using a syncretic approach this project seeks to combine traditional methods of literary criticism and explore more novel Distant Reading approaches to better understand this distinctive literary phenomenon and its evolution over time.
The corpus includes works and authors of classic French espionage fiction (Gérard de Villers, Claude Rank, G.J. Arnaud, Pierre Nemours) as well as contemporary and modern works dealing with the divided society that is modern Northern Ireland (notably, Sorj Chalandon’s prize-winning novels Mon Traître and Retour à Killybegs).
Daniel Magennis’s broader research interests include twentieth century and contemporary popular fiction as a means of exploring popular political and ideological concerns and discourses.