Dr Naoise Murphy


Lecturer/Assistant Professor


I joined Maynooth University as a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in English in 2023.

My research and teaching interests are in queer and trans studies, gender and sexuality, modern and contemporary literature and postcolonial studies.

I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies in 2023. My thesis, ‘Queering Irish Women’s Writing in the Twentieth Century’, contextualises fraught debates about gender, class, race and sexuality in contemporary Ireland by putting queer studies in dialogue with mid-twentieth-century Irish literature. With a focus on space, haunting and ‘bad feelings’, it offers a queer reading of the fiction of Elizabeth Bowen, Kate O’Brien, Molly Keane and Dorothy Macardle. I am currently developing this work for publication.

I am committed to public engagement and diverse forms of knowledge production. I have a particular interest in oral history, queer history, radical history and site-specific methodologies. I have worked on collaborative and community research projects investigating queer history and colonial legacies in Cambridge, gendered experiences in higher education and radical history in London.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Naoise Murphy (2023) 'Camp Comedy and Submerged Trouble: Molly Keane's Queer Collaborations'. English Studies, 104 (6):1097-1117. [DOI]
2022 Naoise Murphy (2022) 'The Queer Transnational in Kate O'Brien and Elizabeth Bowen'. Review of Irish Studies in Europe, 5 (1). https://doi.org/10.32803/rise.v5i1.2962 [Full-Text]
2021 Naoise Murphy (2021) 'Kate O'Brien: Queer Hauntings in the Feminist Archive'. Journal of Feminist Scholarship, 19 . [DOI]
2021 Naoise Murphy (2021) 'Queering history with Sarah Waters: Tipping the Velvet, lesbian erotic reading and the queer historical novel'. Journal of International Women's Studies, 22 (2).
2019 Naoise Murphy (2019) 'The Right to Dream: Gender, Modernity, and the Problem of Class in Kate O'Brien's Bourgeois Bildungsromane'. Irish University Review, 48 (2).
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