Amy Finlay-Jeffrey

    Postgraduate research student

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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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