Dr Íde Corley

English

Lecturer
Lecturer / Assistant Professor; Third Year Co-ordinator

Iontas Building
0.43 Iontas
(01) 708 3515

Biography

Íde Corley is a Lecturer in English with research interests in postcolonial literatures and theory, black cultural studies, gender studies and queer theory. She has published essays and reviews on Anglophone African and black writing and cultural studies in Modern Language Studies, Interventions and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, including an essay to mark the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart in Interventions in 2008.

With Laurence Cox and Helen Fallon, she is co-editor of Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa (Senegal: Daraja, November 2013; Bangalore: Books for Change, 2014), a collection of letters and poems written by Saro-Wiwa during his final detention to Irish nun and solidarity worker, Sr. Majella McCarron. An expanded digital edition of the text will be made available on open access by Daraja in November 2017.


In August 2010, she was the Principal Convenor of an ESF-funded workshop entitled “Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria” involving 26 scholars from nine European states, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the U.S.A. It explored the interchanges and clashes between the international LGBT rights movement, African states and same-sex constitutencies in Nigeria and Africa more widely. In March 2014, she interviewed South African photographer and Prince Claus Laureate 2013, Zanele Muholi, about the collective Inkanyiso, an online media platform for South African lesbians and transmenThe interview was later published in Wasafiri.
 
In summer 2017, she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and taught a module entitled "New Transnational African Writing" on the Programa de Maestria y Doctorado en Letras there. At Maynooth, she has supervised a number of postgraduate research projects to completion including PhDs in post-apartheid South African fiction and Maori fiction. (Please see the "Teaching" tab here for further details). 

She has hosted numerous visits to campus of writers, scholars and activists including Anne Enright, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Brian Chikwava, Patrick Flanery, Karin Barber, Paolo Farias and Owens Wiwa. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'An Interview with Zanele Muholi'
Dr Íde Corley (2016) 'An Interview with Zanele Muholi'. Wasafiri, 31.1 :22-29 [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Conjuncture, Hypermasculinity and Disavowal in Things Fall Apart'
Dr Íde Corley (2009) 'Conjuncture, Hypermasculinity and Disavowal in Things Fall Apart'. INTERVENTIONS: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, 11 :203-211 [IR Link] [Details]
2002 'The Subject of Abolitionist Rhetoric: Freedom and Trauma in The Life of Olaudah Equiano'
Dr Íde Corley (2002) 'The Subject of Abolitionist Rhetoric: Freedom and Trauma in The Life of Olaudah Equiano'. MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES, 32 :139-156 [IR Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2013 Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Ken Saro-Wiwa (Author) Íde Corley, Helen Fallon and Laurence Cox (Editors) (2013) Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa. : Daraja/CODESRIA and Books for Change. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2013 'Ken Saro-Wiwa and West African Literature: The Politics of Language'
Dr Íde Corley (2013) 'Ken Saro-Wiwa and West African Literature: The Politics of Language' In: Silence Would Be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Senegal and India: Daraja/CODESRIA and Books for Change. [Details]
2007 'The Subject of Abolitionist Rhetoric: Freedom and Trauma in The Life of Olaudah Equiano'
Dr Íde Corley (2007) 'The Subject of Abolitionist Rhetoric: Freedom and Trauma in The Life of Olaudah Equiano' In: Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. Vol.143. Detroit: Gale Group. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2015 Review of Out in Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures and Cultures by Chantal Zabus, Boydell & Brewer/James Currey, 2014, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 51.1 (2015): 123-124.
Corley, I (2015) Review of Out in Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures and Cultures by Chantal Zabus, Boydell & Brewer/James Currey, 2014, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 51.1 (2015): 123-124. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2013 Review of State of Peril: Race and Rape in South African Literature by Lucy Valerie Graham, Oxford University Press, 2012, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50.2 (2014): 250-251.
Dr Íde Corley (2013) Review of State of Peril: Race and Rape in South African Literature by Lucy Valerie Graham, Oxford University Press, 2012, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50.2 (2014): 250-251. Book Review [Details]
2010 Review of Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory edited by Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa, Oxford University Press, 2009, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46.5 (2010): 580-581.
Dr Íde Corley (2010) Review of Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory edited by Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa, Oxford University Press, 2009, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46.5 (2010): 580-581. Book Review [Details]
2010 Review of A New Generation of African Writers: Migration, Material Culture and Language by Brenda Cooper, New York and Scottsville: James Currey and University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2008, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46.3/4 (August 2010): 421-422.
Dr Íde Corley (2010) Review of A New Generation of African Writers: Migration, Material Culture and Language by Brenda Cooper, New York and Scottsville: James Currey and University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2008, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46.3/4 (August 2010): 421-422. Book Review [Details]
2009 Review of Womanism, Literature and the Transformation of the Black Community, 1965-1980 by Kalenda Eaton, Abingdon, Routledge, 2007, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45.2 (2009): 236-237.
Dr Íde Corley (2009) Review of Womanism, Literature and the Transformation of the Black Community, 1965-1980 by Kalenda Eaton, Abingdon, Routledge, 2007, in the Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45.2 (2009): 236-237. Book Review [Details]
2000 Review of To the Land of Freedom from this Island of Slaves: Henry Stratford Persse's Letters from Galway to America, 1821-1832 edited by James L. Pethica and James C. Roy, Cork, Cork University Press, 1998, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 3.3 (Fall 2000): 145-146.
Dr Íde Corley (2000) Review of To the Land of Freedom from this Island of Slaves: Henry Stratford Persse's Letters from Galway to America, 1821-1832 edited by James L. Pethica and James C. Roy, Cork, Cork University Press, 1998, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 3.3 (Fall 2000): 145-146. Book Review [Details]
1998 Review of Mary Robinson: A Woman of Ireland and the World by John Horgan, Niwot, Robert Rinehart Publishers, 1997, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 2.2 (Autumn 1998): 154-155.
Dr Íde Corley (1998) Review of Mary Robinson: A Woman of Ireland and the World by John Horgan, Niwot, Robert Rinehart Publishers, 1997, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 2.2 (Autumn 1998): 154-155. Book Review [Details]
1997 Review of Women of Ireland: A Biographic Dictionary by Kit and Cyril Ó Céirín, Minneapolis, Irish Books and Media, 1996, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 1.1 (Spring 1997): 174-175.
Dr Íde Marie Corley (1997) Review of Women of Ireland: A Biographic Dictionary by Kit and Cyril Ó Céirín, Minneapolis, Irish Books and Media, 1996, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 1.1 (Spring 1997): 174-175. Book Review [Details]
1997 Review of The Comic Tradition in Irish Women Writers edited by Teresa O'Connor, Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 1996, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 1.3 (Autumn 1997): 147-148.
Dr Íde Corley (1997) Review of The Comic Tradition in Irish Women Writers edited by Teresa O'Connor, Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 1996, in New Hibernia Review/Iris Éireannach Nua 1.3 (Autumn 1997): 147-148. Book Review [Details]

Dictionary Entry

  Year Publication
2008 “Mohammed Ali Dusé (1866-1945)”. African American National Biography. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Dr. Íde Corley (2008) “Mohammed Ali Dusé (1866-1945)”. African American National Biography. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Dictionary Entry [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2015 Ken Saro-Wiwa Symposium: On the Twentieth Anniversary of His Death.
Dr. Íde Corley (2015) Ken Saro-Wiwa Symposium: On the Twentieth Anniversary of His Death. [Keynote Address], Ken Saro-Wiwa's Last Letters: The Maynooth Archive, African Studies Centre, Oxford University [Details]
2014 Fifth International Chinua Achebe Colloquium. African Literature as Restoration: Chinua Achebe as Teacher.
Dr. Íde Corley (2014) Fifth International Chinua Achebe Colloquium. African Literature as Restoration: Chinua Achebe as Teacher. [Invited Oral Presentation], “A Man of the People: Chinua Achebe and the Struggle for Social Justice.”, Brown University, Rhode Island [Details]
2014 Celebrating Chinua Achebe’s Legacy: Arrow of God at 50.
Dr. Íde Corley (2014) Celebrating Chinua Achebe’s Legacy: Arrow of God at 50. [Oral Presentation], “‘The Man Who Carries a Deity is not a King’: Authority, Universalism and Difference in Arrow of God and Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus”, Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House [Details]
2013 International Human Rights Day, Maynooth University.
Dr. Íde Corley (2013) International Human Rights Day, Maynooth University. [Invited Oral Presentation], “Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Struggle for Environmental Rights in the Niger Delta”, John Paul II Library, Maynooth University [Details]
2013 Modern Language Association of America, 128th MLA Annual Convention.
Dr. Íde Corley (2013) Modern Language Association of America, 128th MLA Annual Convention. [Invited Oral Presentation], Respondent at a panel entitled Queer Sexualities in African Literature and Film, Boston, Massachusetts [Details]
2013 Crossroads in African Literature, Symposium at Maynooth University.
Karin Barber (2013) Crossroads in African Literature, Symposium at Maynooth University. [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], ‘The Life-Story of Me, Segilola’: 1920s Lagos and the First Yoruba Novel, An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University [Details]
2013 Crossroads in African Literature, Symposium at Maynooth University.
Paulo Farias (2013) Crossroads in African Literature, Symposium at Maynooth University. [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The Seventeenth-Century Timbuktu Chronicles: The Emergence of a New Genre, An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University [Details]
2013 ERASMUS CREOLE Programme 2013 “Imagination – Translations: Cultural, Ethnographic, Intermedia.
Dr. Íde Corley (2013) ERASMUS CREOLE Programme 2013 “Imagination – Translations: Cultural, Ethnographic, Intermedia. [Keynote Address], Translating Sexuality, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2013 New Voices 2013: Diversity in Literary & Cultural Studies. Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference.
Dr. Íde Corley (2013) New Voices 2013: Diversity in Literary & Cultural Studies. Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference. [Keynote Address], “Publics, Counterpublics and the ‘New’ Transnational African Writing”, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2012 Reading and Interview with Patrick Flanery.
Patrick Flanery (2012) Reading and Interview with Patrick Flanery. [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], A Reading from Absolution, Maynooth University Department of English [Details]
2012 UCD School of English Research Seminar.
Dr. Íde Corley (2012) UCD School of English Research Seminar. [Invited Lecture], “Gender-based Violence and Sexual Rights in the New South Africa: Silence, Spectacle, Litigation and, University College Dublin [Details]
2012 “South Africa: Retrospection, Introspection, Extraversion.”.
Dr. Íde Corley (2012) “South Africa: Retrospection, Introspection, Extraversion.”. [Oral Presentation], “Challenging Anti-homosexual Violence in South Africa: Diasporic Aesthetics and Same-Sex Expression, Centre for West African Studies, University of Birmingham [Details]
2011 European Science Foundation Standing Committee for the Humanities Autumn Plenary Meeting.
Dr. Íde Corley (2011) European Science Foundation Standing Committee for the Humanities Autumn Plenary Meeting. [Invited Oral Presentation], Vocabularies of Same-Sex Cultures, Strasbourg, France [Details]
2011 Letters from the Breadbasket: Detention Correspondence of Ken Saro-Wiwa 1993-1995.
Dr. Íde Corley (2011) Letters from the Breadbasket: Detention Correspondence of Ken Saro-Wiwa 1993-1995. [Invited Oral Presentation], Detention Correspondence of Ken Saro-Wiwa: A Literary Perspective, Russell Library, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2011 Reading and Interview with Brian Chikwava.
Brian Chikwava (2011) Reading and Interview with Brian Chikwava. [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Reading and Interview, Maynooth University [Details]
2010 ESF Exploratory Workshop: Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria.
(2010) ESF Exploratory Workshop: Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria. [Oral Presentation], Anti-mimesis in the Extroverted Nigerian Novel, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2010 Reading and Interview with Abdulrazak Gurnah.
Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah (2010) Reading and Interview with Abdulrazak Gurnah. [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], A Reading from Desertion, University of Kent, Arts, NUI Maynooth, English [Details]
2009
Dr. Pallavi Rastogi (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Indian Journeys, African Homes, Louisiana State University, Arts, NUI Maynooth, English [Details]
2009 Reading and Interview with Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize Winner.
Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize Winner (2009) Reading and Interview with Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize Winner. [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], A Reading from Taking Pictures, , Arts, NUI Maynooth, English [Details]
2008
Professor Abdullahi El-Tom (2008) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Darfur, Race and the Arab-Islamic Project, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, Institute for International Integration Studies [Details]
2008 Things Fall Apart at 50.
Dr. Íde Corley (2008) Things Fall Apart at 50. [Oral Presentation], Conjuncture, Hypermasculinity and Disavowal in Things Fall Apart, School of Advanced Study, Institute of English Studies, University of London [Details]
2007 TCD School of English Research Seminar.
Dr. Íde Corley (2007) TCD School of English Research Seminar. [Invited Lecture], Slavery and the Sign(s) of Division in Southern African Narratives, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2007 No Future Together.
Dr. Íde Corley (2007) No Future Together. [Invited Oral Presentation], Pan-Africa's Prospects? Inter-racial Familialism, Multiculturalism and the Logic of Futurity, King's College London [Details]
2007 WERRC Seminar, School of Social Justice, UCD.
Dr. Íde Corley (2007) WERRC Seminar, School of Social Justice, UCD. [Invited Lecture], The Motion of Destiny and the Logic of Patriarchy: Kwame Nkrumah and Ghanaian Inde, University College Dublin [Details]
2007 AEGIS European Conference on African Studies.
Dr. Íde Corley (2007) AEGIS European Conference on African Studies. [Oral Presentation], Anti-social Soyinka, African Studies Centre, Leiden [Details]
2006
Dr. Rashmi Varma (2006) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Different Belongings, University of Warwick, School of Social Justice, UCD, Women's Studies [Details]
2006 Social Aspriations, Personal Lives.
Dr. Íde Corley (2006) Social Aspriations, Personal Lives. [Invited Oral Presentation], Trappings of Manhood in the Colonial Ghetto: Dambudzo Marechera in the Company of Books, CWAS, University of Birmingham [Details]
2005
Professor Emeritus Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch (2005) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], African Women and Modernity, Université Paris 7, School of Social Justice, UCD, Women's Studies [Details]
2005 African Studies Association of Ireland.
Dr. Íde Corley (2005) African Studies Association of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Making an Opening: C.L.R. James, Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Genealogy of Pan-Africanism, Univeristy College Dublin [Details]
2005 WERRC Seminar, School of Social Justice, UCD.
Dr. Íde Corley (2005) WERRC Seminar, School of Social Justice, UCD. [Invited Lecture], “‘All the Coloured men were homosexuals’: The Heteronormative Personality and the ‘Multi-Racial’ Person in Bessie Head’s A Question of Power”, University College Dublin [Details]
2005 AEGIS First European Conference on African Studies.
Dr. Íde Corley (2005) AEGIS First European Conference on African Studies. [Oral Presentation], Other Cargo Motifs in Armah's Fragments: The Cult of Personality and the Figure of the Slave, School of African and Oriental Studies [Details]
2004 Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.
Dr. Íde Corley (2004) Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. [Oral Presentation], L'Ouverture/The Mouth: Lacanian Dit-mensions of the Pan-African Text, University of Vermont [Details]
2004 Women's Studies Association (UK and Ireland).
Dr. Íde Corley (2004) Women's Studies Association (UK and Ireland). [Oral Presentation], Patrice Lumumba, One of Herselves: Adrienne Kennedy's Pan-African 'Father', University College Dublin [Details]
2003 African American Nationalism(s): an International Conference.
Dr. Íde Corley (2003) African American Nationalism(s): an International Conference. [Oral Presentation], “The Father’s Place: W.E.B. Du Bois, Pan-Africa, and Psychoanalytic Myth”, Université François Rabelais de Tours [Details]
2001 Third Annual Conference of the Modernist Studies Association of America (MSA).
Dr. Íde Corley (2001) Third Annual Conference of the Modernist Studies Association of America (MSA). [Oral Presentation], “‘Wild, Hysterical, Politically Irresponsible’…and all that Jazz: The Dialectic of Stereotype and St, Rice University [Details]
2001 Northeast Modern Language Association of America (NEMLA), Thirty-Second Annual Convention.
Dr. Íde Corley (2001) Northeast Modern Language Association of America (NEMLA), Thirty-Second Annual Convention. [Oral Presentation], “The Subject of Abolitionist Rhetoric: Freedom and Trauma in The Life of Olaudah Equiano”, Hartford, Connecticut [Details]
1997 Twenty Third Annual Third World Conference.
Dr. Íde Corley (1997) Twenty Third Annual Third World Conference. [Oral Presentation], “History and National Consciousness in Zimbabwe: Contesting Benedict Anderson’s Global Paradigm of N, Chicago, Illinois [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
2010 Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria.
Dr Íde Corley (2010) Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria. Technical Publication [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2010 Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria.
Dr Íde Corley and Dr. Conrad Brunstrom (2010) Multiple Modernities of Same-Sex Sexuality in Nigeria. Conference Hosted [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Postcolonial Studies Association (UK and Ireland) Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
ESF College of Expert Reviewers Member 2016 / 2019
ESF Pool of Peer Reviewers Member 2010 / 2012

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2007 Tufts University PhD English
1997 University of St Thomas, Minnesota MA English
1992 University of Dublin, Trinity College BA (Mod.) English and Classical Civilisation

Outreach Activities

  Description

Newstalk: Ireland's Independent National Talk Radio Broadcaster 106-108 FM, Features Programme: “Talking Books”—Episode: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, 24 May 2015

Near FM: Community Radio for Dublin North East "Rights Here Right Now", 28 August 2013. Interview about environmental rights in Nigeria on the occasion of Dr Owens Wiwa's visit to the Ken Saro-Wiwa Archive at Maynooth University.

Newstalk: Ireland’s National Independent Talk Radio Broadcaster, 106-108 FM, Features Programme: “Talking History”—Episode Title “Talking English” 19 August 2012

Newstalk: Ireland’s National Independent Talk Radio Broadcaster, 106-108 FM "The Wide Angle" with Chris Donoghue, 4 April 2010. Panel discussion of human rights in Zimbabwe.

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2017 Sarah Byrne Maynooth University PhD The 'Marae on Paper': The Meeting House in the Anglophone Fiction of the Maori Renaissance
2016 Marie-Therese Ryan Maynooth University MLitt Biopolitics, Borders and the Populations of Literary Space in Two Post-millennial Black British Novels: Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea and Andrea Levy’s The Long Song
2015 Theresa Harney (IRCHSS Postgraduate Fellow 2009-12) Maynooth University PhD “Coloured” Pasts in Post-Apartheid South African Fiction: Slavery, Gender and Anachronism