Dr Stephen O'Neill

English

Senior Lecturer
Third Year Co-ordinator

Iontas Building
0.40 Iontas
(01) 7083489

Biography

Dr Stephen O’Neill is Senior Lecturer in Maynooth University Department of English, with teaching and research interests in Shakespeare studies, especially Shakespeare and digital cultures. He is the author of two books, Shakespeare and YouTube: New Media Forms of the Bard (New York and London: Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury, 2014; pbk 2015) and Staging Ireland: Representations in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (Dublin: Four Courts, 2007), both of which have been extensively reviewed in the major journals in the field, including Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Survey

With Maurizio Calbi, he is editor of the special issue "Shakespeare and Social Media" of the award-winning journal Borrowers and Lenders http://http//www.borrowers.uga.edu/current  Forthcoming work includes chapter contributions to Shakespeare and Quotation, ed. Kate Rumbold and Julia Maxwell (Cambridge UP, 2017); The Shakespeare Network, ed. Louise Geddes and Valerie Fazel (Palgrave); and Romeo and Juliet in European Culture (John Benjamins). He is also editor of the collection Broadcast Your Shakespeare (forthcoming from Arden Shakespeare). 

In addition to work on digital Shakespeares, Dr O’Neill’s research has explored the interrelations between Shakespeare and Ireland. He co-edited the collection Shakespeare and the Irish Writer (UCD Press, 2010) and contributed chapters to Celtic Shakespeare: the Bard and the Borderers (Ashgate, 2013) and Ireland in the Renaissance (Four Courts, 2007). 

He is a regular contributor to the conferences of the Shakespeare Association of America and the European Shakespeare Research Association. He is also a member of the Irish Renaissance Seminar. Stephen previously lectured in University College Dublin, where he completed his PhD, before joining English at Maynooth University in 2004. He has been an invited speaker at the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University; the School of English, UCD; the New Bulgarian University, Sofia; Queen’s University Belfast; and Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne, where he participated in a teaching exchange. His research has also made a wider public impact, including a book interview on RTE Radio 1 Arts show and a talk for the Abbey Theatre (April 2010). 

Dr O’Neill very much welcomes applications for postgraduate research in Shakespeare and Early Modern studies as well as Shakespeare adaptations, especially in digital cultures.

Research Interests

Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama; Shakespeare and New Media, especially YouTube; Early Modern Ireland; Shakespeare and the Irish Writer

Books

  Year Publication
2014 Shakespeare and YouTube: New Media Forms of the Bard.
Stephen O'Neill (2014) Shakespeare and YouTube: New Media Forms of the Bard. London and New York: Bloomsbury / Arden Shakespeare. [Details]
2007 Staging Ireland: Representations in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama.
Stephen O'Neill (2007) Staging Ireland: Representations in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2014 '“YouTube, Shakespeare and the Sonnets: Textual Forms, Queer Erasures”'
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2014) '“YouTube, Shakespeare and the Sonnets: Textual Forms, Queer Erasures”' In: Digital Shakespeares: Innovations, Interventions, Mediations, special issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook. Ashgate. [Details]
2013 'Beyond MacMorris: Shakespeare, Ireland and critical contexts'
O'Neill, Stephen (2013) 'Beyond MacMorris: Shakespeare, Ireland and critical contexts' In: Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers. London: Ashgate. [Details]
2007 '1599: Sir John Oldcastle, the Irish Wars and the Elizabethan Stage'
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2007) '1599: Sir John Oldcastle, the Irish Wars and the Elizabethan Stage' In: Ireland in the Renaissance, c. 1540-1660. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2010 Shakespeare and the Irish Writer
Stephen O'Neill and Janet Clare (Ed.). (2010) Shakespeare and the Irish Writer Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'Introduction: #SocialMediaShakespeares'
Stephen O'Neill and Maurizio Calbi (2016) 'Introduction: #SocialMediaShakespeares'. BORROWERS AND LENDERS: THE JOURNAL OF SHAKESPEARE AND APPROPRIATION, X (1) [Details]
2016 '‘It's William Back from the Dead’: Commemoration, Representation, and Race in Akala's Hip-Hop Shakespeare'
Stephen O'Neill (2016) '‘It's William Back from the Dead’: Commemoration, Representation, and Race in Akala's Hip-Hop Shakespeare'. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 16 (2):246-256 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Shakespeare and Social Media'
Stephen O'Neill (2015) 'Shakespeare and Social Media'. Literature Compass, 12 (6):274-285 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Teaching and Learning Guide for: “Shakespeare and Social Media”'
O'Neill, Stephen (2015) 'Teaching and Learning Guide for: “Shakespeare and Social Media”'. Literature Compass, 12 (7) [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Ophelian Negotiations: Remediating the Girl on YouTube'
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2014) 'Ophelian Negotiations: Remediating the Girl on YouTube'. BORROWERS AND LENDERS: THE JOURNAL OF SHAKESPEARE AND APPROPRIATION, IX (1) [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Uploading Hamlet: Agency, Convergence and YouTube Shakespeare'
Stephen O'Neill (2011) 'Uploading Hamlet: Agency, Convergence and YouTube Shakespeare'. ANGLISTICA, 15 :63-75 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2000 ‘“Irish Affairs’: Representing Ireland in Sir John Oldcastle”
Stephen O'Neill (2000) ‘“Irish Affairs’: Representing Ireland in Sir John Oldcastle” . In: Janet R. Costa eds. Proceedings of the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, , pp.236-245 [Details]
1998 “‘From Ireland coming’: the Irish Wars in Late Elizabethan Drama”
Stephen O'Neill (1998) “‘From Ireland coming’: the Irish Wars in Late Elizabethan Drama” PAGES University College Dublin, , pp.145-154 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2016 Shakespeare Lives across the Island: Conversations and Celebrations Irish Renaissance Seminar.
Stephen O'Neill (2016) Shakespeare Lives across the Island: Conversations and Celebrations Irish Renaissance Seminar. [Oral Presentation], ‘It is the digital, | The digital above us, govern our conditions’: Shakespeare, (Mis)Quotation and Digital Cultures , Queens University Belfast , 07-MAY-16 - 07-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture.
Stephen O'Neill (2016) Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture. [Oral Presentation], #notforanagebutforalltime: Quoting Shakespeare in Digital Cultures, Université d’Artois, Arras, France , 15-JUN-16 - 17-JUN-16 [Details]
2015 The Gendered Politics of Production.
Stephen O'Neill (2015) The Gendered Politics of Production. [Oral Presentation], Shakesgirls, or what’s Ophelia doing in social media?, Middlesex University, London , 16-JUN-15 - 16-JUN-15 [Details]
2015 Celebrating Shakespeare: Memory and the Cultures of Commemoration.
Stephen O'Neill (2015) Celebrating Shakespeare: Memory and the Cultures of Commemoration. [Oral Presentation], #Shakespeare: Twitter and Tumblr as Modes of Shakespeare Commemoration, Murcia University, Spain , 04-NOV-15 - 07-NOV-15 [Details]
2013 Reimagining Topicality, Shakespeare Association of America.
Stephen O'Neill (2013) Reimagining Topicality, Shakespeare Association of America. [Oral Presentation], “‘Scaling his present, bearing with his past’: Coriolanus and the Challenges of Teaching Shakespearean Topicality now, St Louis, USA , 09-APR-14 - 12-APR-14 [Details]
2013 Digital Shakespeares.
Stephen O'Neill (2013) Digital Shakespeares. [Oral Presentation], YouTube Shakespeare, University of Nottingham , 24-JUL-13 [Details]
2011 UCD School of English Research Seminar.
Stephen O'Neill (2011) UCD School of English Research Seminar. [Oral Presentation], Shakespeare's Sonnets on YouTube: Medium Play, Queer Erasures and the Culture of Vernacular Creativity, Dublin , 17-NOV-11 - 17-NOV-11 [Details]
2011 Media Shakespeare: Appropriation Reconsidered, European Shakespeare Research Association.
Stephen O'Neill (2011) Media Shakespeare: Appropriation Reconsidered, European Shakespeare Research Association. [Oral Presentation], Shakespeare, You Tube and the (Un)sexing of the Sonnets, Weimar, Germany , 29-APR-11 - 30-APR-11 [Details]
2010 Shakespeare, Performance and Ireland Research Seminar, with the Moore Institute.
Stephen O'Neill (2010) Shakespeare, Performance and Ireland Research Seminar, with the Moore Institute. [Oral Presentation], Celtic Shakespeare?  Or, what has happened to Shakespeare’s ‘English’ histories?, NUI Galway , 29-MAY-10 - 29-MAY-10 [Details]
2012 Shakespeare Association of America.
Stephen O'Neill and Maurizio Calbi (2012) Shakespeare Association of America. [Oral Presentation], Social Media Shakespeare Seminar, Toronto [Details]
2012 Irish Studies Centre, Concordia University.
Stephen O'Neill (2012) Irish Studies Centre, Concordia University. [Oral Presentation], Has no one made him out to be an Irishman?: interpreting Shakespeare's perceived Irish problem, Montreal [Details]
2011 World Shakespeare Congress.
Stephen O'Neill (2011) World Shakespeare Congress. [Oral Presentation], “Shakespeare, Ireland and the Critics”,, Prague [Details]
2010 Abbey Theatre.
Stephen O'Neill (2010) Abbey Theatre. [Oral Presentation], “Politics, Paranoia, and Power in Shakespeare’s Plays”, Dublin [Details]
2010 European Shakespeare Research Association Conference.
Stephen O'Neill (2010) European Shakespeare Research Association Conference. [Oral Presentation], “It’s Shakespeare … with a twist: Exploring Conflict in Shakespeare on You Tube”, Pisa [Details]
2009 The 8th International European Shakespeare Research Association Conference.
Stephen O'Neill (2009) The 8th International European Shakespeare Research Association Conference. [Oral Presentation], It's Shakespeare with a twist: Exploring Conflict in Shakespeare on You Tube, Pisa, Italy [Details]
2009 Research Seminar, School of Language and Literature, New Bulgarian University.
Stephen O'Neill (2009) Research Seminar, School of Language and Literature, New Bulgarian University. [Oral Presentation], 'Has no-one made him out to be an Irishman?': Shakespeare and Irish Writing, Sofia, Bulgaria [Details]
2009 Rathmines Literary Festival.
Stephen O'Neill (2009) Rathmines Literary Festival. [Oral Presentation], After-show Talk and Discussion, Macbeth,, St Louis, Dublin [Details]
2009 Guest Lecture, School of Language and Literature, New Bulgarian University.
Stephen O'Neill (2009) Guest Lecture, School of Language and Literature, New Bulgarian University. [Oral Presentation], Twentieth Century Rewritings of Shakespeare, Sofia, Bulgaria [Details]
2009 Shakespeare, Ireland, Scotland, Wales Conference.
Stephen O'Neill (2009) Shakespeare, Ireland, Scotland, Wales Conference. [Oral Presentation], Beyond Mackmorrice?: Rethinking Shakespeare's Irish Subtexts, School of English, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2008 Shakespeare Association of America.
Stephen O'Neill (2008) Shakespeare Association of America. [Oral Presentation], Villainy and the (Dis)Closure of Trauma in Shakesp, Dallas, Texas [Details]
2008 Filming and Performing Renaissance History Symposi.
Stephen O'Neill (2008) Filming and Performing Renaissance History Symposi. [Oral Presentation], CGI Elizabeth, or a Spanish Tragedy: Historical T, Queen's University Belfast [Details]
2007 Tubridy Show, RTE Radio One.
Stephen O'Neill (2007) Tubridy Show, RTE Radio One. [Oral Presentation], “Shakespeare’s Relevance Today, Dublin [Details]
2007 The Eleventh Hour, RTE Radio One.
Stephen O'Neill (2007) The Eleventh Hour, RTE Radio One. [Oral Presentation], “Images of the Irish”, Author Interview, Staging I, Dublin [Details]
2007 Queen's University, Belfast.
Stephen O'Neill (2007) Queen's University, Belfast. [Oral Presentation], ‘What ish my nation?, or questions of Irish differ, Belfast [Details]
2007 The Orla Barry Show, Newstalk.
Stephen O'Neill (2007) The Orla Barry Show, Newstalk. [Oral Presentation], Panel Discussion on Shakespeare, Dublin [Details]
2007 Jean Monnet University.
Stephen O'Neill (2007) Jean Monnet University. [Oral Presentation], Shakespeare’s Stage Irishman and questions of diff, Saint-Etienne, France [Details]
2005 Early Modern Terrorism: Atrocity and Political Vio.
Stephen O'Neill (2005) Early Modern Terrorism: Atrocity and Political Vio. [Oral Presentation], Go not to Ireland’: Negotiating the Trauma of the, University of Manchester [Details]
2005 Ireland in the Renaissance.
Stephen O'Neill (2005) Ireland in the Renaissance. [Public presentations], 1599: Drama, Nation, and the Burden of War, Dublin [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2015 “Shakespeare and Online Video”, Shakespeare on YouTube.
Stephen O'Neill (2015) “Shakespeare and Online Video”, Shakespeare on YouTube. Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2010 Review of J.B Lethbridge (Ed.). Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive Opposites (Manchester University Press, 2008).
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2010) Review of J.B Lethbridge (Ed.). Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive Opposites (Manchester University Press, 2008). Book Review [Details]
2008 The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nichol, The Arts Show, RTE Radio One.
Stephen O'Neill (2008) The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nichol, The Arts Show, RTE Radio One. Book Review [Details]
2006 Review of Deana Rankin, Between Spenser and Swift: English Writing in Seventeenth Century Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2006) Review of Deana Rankin, Between Spenser and Swift: English Writing in Seventeenth Century Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Book Review [Details]
2004 Review of Clare Carroll, Circe’s Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Ireland (Notre Dame University Press, 2001).
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2004) Review of Clare Carroll, Circe’s Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Ireland (Notre Dame University Press, 2001). Book Review [Details]
1999 Review of Curtis Perry, The Making of Jacobean Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Dr Stephen O'Neill (1999) Review of Curtis Perry, The Making of Jacobean Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
2016 Review: Reason in Madness, Draíocht Theatre.
Stephen O'Neill (2016) Review: Reason in Madness, Draíocht Theatre. Reviews [Details]
2015 “Of Crowns, Nations and Memory Machines: Druid reimagines Shakespeare’s Histories.”.
Stephen O'Neill (2015) “Of Crowns, Nations and Memory Machines: Druid reimagines Shakespeare’s Histories.”. Reviews [Details]
2014 Review of Brigit by Tom Murphy for Exuent.
Stephen O'Neill (2014) Review of Brigit by Tom Murphy for Exuent. Reviews [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2004 Staging Ireland: Representations in English Renaissance Drama, c.1587-1603.
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2004) Staging Ireland: Representations in English Renaissance Drama, c.1587-1603. University College Dublin: Thesis [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2006 Shakespeare and the Irish Writer.
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2006) Shakespeare and the Irish Writer. Conference Hosted [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Shakespeare Association of America Member /
Irish Renaissance Seminar Member /
European Shakespeare Research Association Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Faculty of Arts Research Committee Chairperson /
Academic Council Faculty of Arts Representative /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2004 NUI (University College Dublin )

Teaching Interests

My main teaching interests and responsibilities are in Shakespeare studies - I teach a core module on Shakespeare and English Renaissance literature as well as several elective seminars on such topics as Postmodern Shakespeare and Shakespeare, Feminism and Popular Culture. For the past five years, I have taught an elective seminar on the fiction of Don DeLillo and was pleased to recently learn that a former student met DeLillo himself at a reading in London in June 2016.  I also contribute to the broad teaching needs of Maynooth University Department of English by teaching tutorials, seminars and lectures in the area of literature, drama and cultural theory. In 2016/ 17, I am teaching a module for the new First Year English syllabus. EN106 Additional English uses the them of "The Undead" to explore the relation between literature and history. At postgraduate level, I offer a module on "Global Shakespeares" which is cross-listed on the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures, the MA in Gender and Sexuality and from 2017 will be listed on the MA in Media Studies. 

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2011 O’Dowd, Liam Maynooth University MLitt The Influence of English Colonial Discourse on Early Irish Adaptations of Shakespeare
2006 O'Neill, Brian Maynooth University MLitt Sourcing Shakespeare’s Histories