Welcome to Maynooth University Department of English. With a history that dates back to the 19th century, the Department is a supportive and dynamic learning environment and a centre of cutting-edge research in English, Irish, and global literatures.  Comprising seventeen internationally-renowned scholars and teachers, each of whom are widely published and influential in shaping the field of English studies, as well as dedicated tutors and postgraduate researchers, the Department accommodates and a diverse range of research interests including: 

  • American Literature 
  • Creative Writing  
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature 
  • Film studies  
  • Gender studies 
  • Irish Literature  
  • Literary Theory  
  • Modernism  
  • Migrant Writing 
  • Postcolonial, Global Literatures, and Critical Race Studies  
  • Renaissance and early modern studies, especially the Irish / Gaelic context 
  • Shakespeare studies 
  • Visual Culture