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 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