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My thesis is entitled "Beyond 9/11: Counter-narratives of Loss in 'Post'-9/11 Literature" and examines the aesthetic, political, social and ethical functions of grief and abject bodies in the work of Don DeLillo, Claudia Rankine and Mohsin Hamid. It is fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Northern Bridge Consortium. 


I have taught on ENG1002: English in Context. This module interrogates a wide range of contemporary fiction, situating it within the literary marketplace and broader socio-political contexts. Based on student feedback, my overall teaching score is 5 out of 5. 


2014 - Scholarship for Masters awarded by the School of English, Queen's University Belfast. 

2015 - Honourable mention for my essay submission for the 2015 WTM Riches Essay Prize awarded by the Irish Association of American Studies. 

2016 - PhD Scholarship awarded by the  AHRC in partnership with the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training programme.

2016 - Honourable mention for my essay submission for the 2016 WTM Riches Essay Prize.

2018 - Travel Grant awarded for a research trip to Coimbra University, Portugal and participation in the International Inter-American Studies Biennial Conference. 

2018 - Funding for Conference Organisation awarded by the Graduate School, and the Centre for Americas (QUB).  


I am currently a postgraduate representative on the Executive Committee of the British Comparative Literature Association and student lead of the PGR Peer Mentoring Scheme in the School of Arts, English and Languages. From 2013 to 2015, I served as both a representative and chair of the Student Staff Consultative Committee. In 2018, I co-organised "Common Ground 2018: Divided Selves and Societies in Irish and American Literature and Culture", a conference that brought together researchers from the UK, Europe and the United States. During my time at Queen's I have also organised an interdisciplinary postgraduate workshop and participated in the Research Seminar Series, run by the Core Disciplinary Research Group in the School of Arts, English and Languages. 

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Research Output

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    The Power of Horror: Abject Art and Terrorism in Don DeLillo's Falling Man

    Donnelly, K., 31 Oct 2019, In : Contemporary Aesthetics. Special Volume 7

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

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  • (Sub)merged Worlds in Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping

    Donnelly, K., 2017, In : Irish Journal of American Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

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    AHRC Studentship

    Donnelly, Kelsie (Recipient), Sep 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Honorary Mention: WTM Riches Essay Prize 2015

    Donnelly, Kelsie (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Honorary Mention: WTM Riches Essay Prize 2016

    Donnelly, Kelsie (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • MA Scholarship

    Donnelly, Kelsie (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Research Travel Scholarship

    Donnelly, Kelsie (Recipient), Mar 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    A Work That Weeps: Claudia Rankine's Don't Let Me Be Lonely

    Kelsie Donnelly (Advisor)

    13 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    British Comparative Literature Association (External organisation)

    Kelsie Donnelly (Advisor)

    Jan 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

    Queen's University Partnership Project Review

    Kelsie Donnelly (Recipient)

    06 Feb 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate Conference

    Kelsie Donnelly (Participant)

    Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Lead Peer Mentor in the School of Arts, English, and Languages

    Kelsie Donnelly (Recipient)


    Activity: Other activity typesOther