Dr Eoghan Smith

Academic and Research Development Project Manager


Eoghan started his career in English at UCD, where he completed a BA in English and Philosophy in 2002 and the MA in Anglo-Irish Writing and Drama in 2003. He obtained a PhD in English from Maynooth University in 2009. In 2011, he joined Carlow College, St. Patrick’s as a lecturer in English, where he taught modules in Gothic fiction, literary criticism, modern and contemporary Irish writing, and creative writing. Eoghan is currently the Academic and Research Development Project Manager.

Research Interest

Eoghan’s areas of research are broadly in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish literature (particularly fiction) and culture. His current research interests lie in contemporary Irish fiction, John Banville, the literary and visual cultures of suburban Ireland, and philosophy and Irish writing. Eoghan also writes fiction and is the author of two novels.



  • Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • John Banville: Art and Authenticity (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014)

Edited journals

  • ‘The Rise of the Phoenix: Restoration and Renaissance in Contemporary Irish Edition Writing’, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman, Irish Studies Review, 31.3 (forthcoming 2023)


  • A Provincial Death (Sawtry: Dedalus, 2022)
  • The Failing Heart (Sawtry: Dedalus, 2018)

Peer-reviewed articles

  • ‘Autonomy, Naturalism and Folklore in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields’, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 40.2 (Spring 2019), 192-207
  • ‘Elemental and Plain’: Story-telling in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields’, Journal of the Short Story in English, 63 (Autumn 2014), 57-68
  • ‘‘An Infinity of Pragues’: John Banville’s Prague Pictures’, European Journal of English Studies, 17/2 (Summer 2013), 149-159
  • ‘Yeats, Beckett, Banville: Philosophical Idealism and Political Ideology in Modern Irish Writing’, ABEI Journal, 13 (São Paulo: ABEI/Humanitas 2011), 71-82

Book chapters  

  • ‘Suburbia and Contemporary Irish Writing’, in Companion to Contemporary Irish Writing, ed. by Neil Murphy, Derek Hand and Kathleen Costello-Sullivan (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, forthcoming 2022) 
  • ‘Revivalism, modernism and beyond: Scandinavian influences on Irish literature’, Ireland and the North, ed. by Fionna Barber, Heidi Hansson and Sara Dybris McQuaid (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019), 267-284.
  • ‘Introduction’ (with Simon Workman), Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 1-7
  • ‘Suburbia in Irish Literary and Visual Culture’ (with Simon Workman), Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 77-95

Articles in collections

  • ‘After Joyce and Beckett: Art, Authenticity and Politics in the Fiction of John Banville’, The Politics of Irish Writing, ed. by Radvan Markus, Michaela Marková, Hana Pavelková and Katerina Jencová (Prague: Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, 2010), 36-45

Review essays

  • ‘It’s that Man again: John Banville’s The Blue Guitar’, Dublin Review of Books (September 2015)
  • ‘Imagining the Others: John Banville’s Book of Evidence’, Dublin Review of Books (October 2013)
  • ‘Haunted by Ghosts: Joseph O’Connor’s Ghostlight’, Dublin Review of Books (October 2010) 
  • ‘The Melancholy Gods: Banville on Olympus’, Dublin Review of Books (March 2010) 

Introductions & Encyclopedia Entries

  • ‘Peter Killeen, Jakata Tales’, Exhibition Catalogue (Dublin: Solomon Gallery, 2017), 3-9
  • ‘John Banville in the Celtic Tiger Years’, Recalling the Celtic Tiger, ed. By Brian Lucey, Eamon Maher, and Eugene O’Brien (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019), 41-42
  • ‘Suburban Literature’, Recalling the Celtic Tiger, ed. By Brian Lucey, Eamon Maher, and Eugene O’Brien (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019), 309-310


  • ‘Eve Patten, ed., Irish Literature in Transition, vol.5, Irish Studies Review, 29.2 (April, 2021), 276-280
  • ‘Hedda Friberg, Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard; ‘Pietra Palazzolo, Michael Springer and Stephen Butler, eds, John Banville and his Precursors; Neil Murphy, John Banville’, Irish University Review, 50.2 (November 2020), 391-396
  • ‘Chris Arthur, Hummingbirds Between the Pages’, Irish Studies Review, 28.1 (January 2020), 149-151
  • ‘Hedda Friberg, Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard’, Nordic Irish Studies, 18 (2019/20), 155-159
  • ‘Reading Pearse Hutchinson, ed. by Philip Coleman and Maria Johnston (Irish Academic Press, 2011)’, ESSE Messenger, 28.1 (Summer 2019), 108-112
  • ‘Giulia Bruna, J.M. Synge and Travel Writing of the Irish Revival (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2017)’, Nordic Irish Studies, 17.2 (2019), 205-211
  • George Moore: Across Borders, ed. by Christine Huguet and Fabienne Dabrigeon-Garcier, ESSE Messenger, 27.2 (Winter 2018), 30-34

    ‘Caoimhín de Barra, The Coming of the Celts, AD 1860: Celtic Nationalism in Ireland and Wales (Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2018)’, Books Ireland 381 (September/October 2018), 39-40
  • ‘Reading 1759: Literary Culture in Mid-Eighteenth Century Britain and France, ed. by Shaun Regan’, ESSE Messenger, 27.1 (Summer 2018), 76-79
  • ‘David Tucker, Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx’, ESSE Messenger, 26.2 (Winter 2017), 68-69
  • ‘Framed on the Threshold: Jo Baker, A Country Road, A Tree’, Breac (August 17, 2017)
  • ‘Cian T. McMahon, The Global Dimensions of Irish Identity: Race, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840-1880’, Nordic Irish Studies, 15.2 (2016), 154-158
  • ‘Irish Theatre in Transition, ed. by Donald E. Morse’, Nordic Irish Studies, 14 (Autumn 2015), 153-158
  • ‘Word and Image in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, ed. by Michael Meyer’, ESSE Messenger, 23.1 (Summer 2014), 82-84
  • ‘Andrew Tate, Contemporary Fiction and Christianity’, ESSE Messenger, 21.2 (Winter 2012), 73-75
  • ‘Brian McFarlane and Deane Williams, Michael Winterbottom; Tony Whitehead,  Mike Leigh; Peter Marks, Terry Gilliam’, Film and Film Culture, 5 (April 2010), 219-223

Newspaper/Magazine reviews & articles

  • ‘A Paean to the Imagination’: Claire-Louise Bennett’s Checkout 19, Books Ireland Magazine (September 13 , 2021)
  • ‘Hard Truth and Troubling Questions: Fallen by Mal O’Doherty, Books Ireland (August 5, 2021)
  • ‘Language, Nature, Love and Grief: What Willow Says by Lynn Buckle, Books Ireland (July 14, 2021)
  • ‘Burnished Brilliance: Trouble by Philip Ó Ceallaigh’, Books Ireland (June 25, 2021)
  • ‘Anxieties of the present; horrors to come: Line by Niall Bourke’, Books Ireland (May 12, 2021)
  • ‘A Loosening and Tightening of the Knot – the artistry of Joanna Walsh’, Books Ireland, (April 18, 2021)
  • ‘A Darkness Flowing – The Beasts They Turned Away, by Ryan Dennis’, Books Ireland (March 16, 2021)
  • ‘Love, Friendship and the brutality of war: Ciarán McMenamin, The Sunken Road’, The Irish Times (Feb 27, 2021), pp. 61
  • ‘Colin O’Sullivan, Marshmallows’, Books Ireland (December 30, 2020)
  • ‘Elaine Feeney, As You Were’, Books Ireland (November 12, 2020)
  • ‘Oien DeBhairduin, Why the Moon Travels’, Books Ireland (October 5, 2020)
  • ‘Guests of a nation still fighting with itself: B.W. Black, The Secret Guests’, The Ticket, The Irish Times (Feb 8 2020), 21
  • ‘The Global Reach of John Banville’s Imagination’, The Irish Times (November 24, 2016)


2004-2009 PhD: ‘John Banville: Art, Authenticity and Epic’, Maynooth University 2002-2003 MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College, Dublin 1999-2002 BA (Hons) n English & Philosophy, University College, Dublin