Sinead Sturgeon


  • Room 03.001 - 3 University Square

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome PhD applications in the field of nineteenth-century Irish writing in English, particularly: Gothic literature, Irish Romanticism, James Clarence Mangan, and the development of the short story.


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Personal profile


My research focuses on nineteenth-century Irish writing and culture, with particular interests in the gothic and Irish romanticism, the short story, and the work of poet and translator James Clarence Mangan.

Research Statement

Before joining Queen’s, I was a researcher and writer for the Royal Irish Academy project, the Dictionary of Irish Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2009), contributing numerous articles on significant figures from Irish history across a range of fields. Since then my research has focused mainly on nineteenth-century Irish writing and culture, especially on the work of the poet and translator James Clarence Mangan. I have also published on subjects such as the significance of poitín in traditional recreational culture and its intersection with the law; the symbology of birds and birdsong in romanticism; Irish gothic; the history of Irish music and song and its literary representation. My work has appeared in a number of journals, including: The Irish Studies Review, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, The Irish Journal of Irish Gothic and Horror Studies, Éire-Ireland, and Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica. I am a regular reviewer of Irish criticism and contemporary fiction for the Times Literary Supplement.


Undergraduate Teaching: 

ENG1009 Contemporary Irish Writing 

ENG2081 Irish Literature

ENG3330 Irish Gothic (Convenor)

Postgraduate Teaching

ENG7373 Irish Women's Writing (Convenor)

PhD Supervision

Areas of interest: nineteenth-century Irish writing and culture; the short story; the Gothic.



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