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Dr Eoghan Smith

Lecturer in English


059 915 3257


First Floor, Middle House

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. Between 2004 and 2009 he studied for a PhD at Maynooth University. Eoghan joined Carlow College, St. Patrick’s as a lecturer in English in 2011. He is currently the Programme Director for the B.A. and B.A. (Honours) in Arts & Humanities.

Eoghan teaches modules in Irish writing, literary theory, eighteenth-century British fiction, Gothic fiction, and postcolonial writing. He has a special interest in modern and contemporary Irish writing and culture, and the intersections between philosophy and literature. Eoghan’s publications include the co-edited collection Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture (2018) and the monograph John Banville: Art and Authenticity (2013). He is also the author of a novel, The Failing Heart (2018).

Eoghan welcomes dissertation proposals in any of his areas of research interest.



  • 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)


  • The Failing Heart (Sawtry: Dedalus Books, 2018)

Peer-reviewed articles

  • ‘Autonomy, Naturalism and Folklore in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue Fields’, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 40.2 (Autumn 2018)
  • ‘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              

  • ‘Introduction’ (with Simon Workman), Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (forthcoming London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
  • ‘Imagining Irish Suburbia’ (with Simon Workman), Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, ed. by Eoghan Smith and Simon Workman (forthcoming London: Palgrave Macmillan,  2018)
  • ‘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, 2018)
  • ‘Failures of the Imagination: Art, Ethics and Politics in Samuel Beckett and John Banville’, Ethical Recognitions and Social Reconfigurations in Modern and Postmodern Fiction, ed. by Margret Gunnarsdottir Champion and Irina Goloubeva Rasmussen (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014), 31-55

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

Newspaper Articles     

  • ‘The Global Reach of John Banville’s Imagination’, The Irish Times (November 24, 2016)

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 & Forewords

  • ‘Peter Killeen, Jakata Tales’, Exhibition Catalogue (Dublin: Solomon Gallery, 2017), 3-9


  • ‘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’, European English Messenger, 27.1 (Summer 2018), 76-79
  • ‘David Tucker, Samuel Beckett and Arnold Geulincx’, European English 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’, European English Messenger, 23.1 (Summer 2014), 82-84
  • ‘Andrew Tate, Contemporary Fiction and Christianity’, European English Messenger, 21.2 (Winter 2012), 73-75
  • ‘Thomas Amory: The Life of John Buncle, Esq. ed. by Moyra Haslett’, puesoccurrences.com (November 2011)
  • At Swim-Two-Birds at the Project Arts Centre’, puesoccurrences.com (February 2011)
  • ‘Brian McFarlane and Deane Williams, Michael Winterbottom; Tony Whitehead, Mike Leigh; Peter Marks, Terry Gilliam’, Film and Film Culture, 5 (April 2010), 219-223
  • ‘Giulia Bruna, J.M. Synge and Travel Writing of the Irish Revival (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2017)’, Nordic Irish Studies (forthcoming Autumn 2018)
  • Reading Pearse Hutchinson: From Findrum to Fisterra, ed. by Philip Coleman and Maria Johnston, European English Messenger (forthcoming)
  • George Moore: Across Borders, ed. by Christine Huguet and Fabienne Dabrigeon- Garcier, European English Messenger (forthcoming)
  • Beyond Realism: Experimental and Unconventional Irish Drama since the Revival, ed. by Joan Dean Fitzpatrick Dean and Jose Lanters’, European English Messenger (forthcoming)
  • ‘Carole Sweeney, Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair’, European English Messenger (forthcoming)
  • ‘Hedda Friberg, Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard’, Nordic Irish Studies (forthcoming)

B.A. in English and Philosophy (University College Dublin), M.A. in Anglo Irish Writing and Drama (University College Dublin); Ph.D. (Maynooth University)

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