Dr Stephen O'Neill

English

Associate Professor

Iontas Building
Ground Floor
Office 0.39
(01) 708 3489

Biography

ORCID ID 
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4674-9127

Google Scholar
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=L6qeVkIAAAAJ&hl=en

Stephen O’Neill is Associate Professor in English and Shakespeare Studies. He is the author of  Shakespeare and YouTube (London and New York: Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury 2014); Staging Ireland: Representations in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (Dublin: Four Courts, 2007); editor of  Broadcast Your Shakespeare(London and New York: Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury 2018); and co-editor of Shakespeare and the Irish Writer (Dublin: UCD Press 2010). He has published widely on adapted Shakespeare, especially in digital cultures. Recent work includes articles on HBO’s Westworld in Cahiers Élisabéthains and Maggie O’Farrell’s award-winning novel  Hamnet in the journal Shakespeare

Forthcoming publications include the co-edited volumes, The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Adaptation and a special issue of the Shakespearean International Yearbook on "Shakespeare and Refugees". 

His new work is focused on eco-critical approaches to literature, with a project on the literary life of trees in early modern Ireland.  

He is a regular contributor to the conferences of the Shakespeare Association of America and the European Shakespeare Research Association. He's 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 supervises research theses on adaptations of Shakespeare and very much welcomes applications from PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers in the following areas: 
Shakespeare studies, especially adaptation and digital cultures; early modern literature; early modern Ireland; and eco-criticism.  








Research Interests

Shakespeare studies, especially Shakespeare’s afterlives; contemporary Shakespeare adaptation studies and digital cultures; early modern literature, especially drama and theatre; early modern Ireland.  

Books

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

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 '“Bring yourself back online, Old Bill: Westworld’s media histories, or six degrees of separation from Shakespeare”'
O'Neill, Stephen (2021) '“Bring yourself back online, Old Bill: Westworld’s media histories, or six degrees of separation from Shakespeare”'. Cahiers Elisabethains, :1-24 [DOI] [Details]
2021 '“And Who Will Write Me?”: Maternalizing Networks of Remembrance in Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet'
O'Neill, Stephen (2021) '“And Who Will Write Me?”: Maternalizing Networks of Remembrance in Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet'. Shakespeare, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Shakespeare's Hand, or the strangers' case: Remediating Sir Thomas More in the context of the Refugee Crisis'
O'Neill, Stephen (2020) 'Shakespeare's Hand, or the strangers' case: Remediating Sir Thomas More in the context of the Refugee Crisis'. BORROWERS AND LENDERS: THE JOURNAL OF SHAKESPEARE AND APPROPRIATION, [Details]
2019 'Finding Refuge in King Lear: From Brexit to Shakespeare's European Value'
O'Neill, Stephen (2019) 'Finding Refuge in King Lear: From Brexit to Shakespeare's European Value'. Multicultural Shakespeare, 19 (34) [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2018 'Shakespeare’s Digital Flow: Humans, Technologies and the Possibilities of Intercultural Exchange'
O'Neill, Stephen (2018) 'Shakespeare’s Digital Flow: Humans, Technologies and the Possibilities of Intercultural Exchange'. Shakespeare Studies, 46 :120-133 [full-text] [Details]
2018 'Beyond Shakespeare's land of ire: Revisiting Ireland in English Renaissance drama'
O'Neill, Stephen (2018) 'Beyond Shakespeare's land of ire: Revisiting Ireland in English Renaissance drama'. Literature Compass, 15 (10) [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Introduction: #SocialMediaShakespeares'
O'Neill, Stephen, and Maurizio Calbi (2016) 'Introduction: #SocialMediaShakespeares'. BORROWERS AND LENDERS: THE JOURNAL OF SHAKESPEARE AND APPROPRIATION, X (1) [full-text] [Details]
2016 '‘It's William Back from the Dead’: Commemoration, Representation, and Race in Akala's Hip-Hop Shakespeare'
O'Neill, Stephen (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] [full-text] [Details]
2015 'Shakespeare and Social Media'
O'Neill, S (2015) 'Shakespeare and Social Media'. Literature Compass, 12 :274-285 [DOI] [full-text] [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'
O'Neill, Stephen (2014) 'Ophelian Negotiations: Remediating the Girl on YouTube'. BORROWERS AND LENDERS: THE JOURNAL OF SHAKESPEARE AND APPROPRIATION, IX (1) [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2011 'Uploading Hamlet: Agency, Convergence and YouTube Shakespeare'
Stephen O'Neill (2011) 'Uploading Hamlet: Agency, Convergence and YouTube Shakespeare'. ANGLISTICA, 15 :63-75 [full-text] [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2021 The Shakespearean International Yearbook 19: Special Section, Shakespeare and Refugees
Stephen O’Neill and Ton Hoenselaars (Ed.). (2021) The Shakespearean International Yearbook 19: Special Section, Shakespeare and Refugees London: Routledge. [Details]
2018 Broadcast Your Shakespeare: Continuity and Change Across Media
O'Neill, Stephen (Ed.). (2018) Broadcast Your Shakespeare: Continuity and Change Across Media London: Bloomsbury / Arden Shakespeare. [Details]
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]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'Hiddleston–Shakespeare–-Coriolanus, or Rhizomatic Crossings in Fanfic'
O'Neill, Stephen (2020) 'Hiddleston–Shakespeare–-Coriolanus, or Rhizomatic Crossings in Fanfic' In: Shakespeare and Geek Culture. London: Arden Bloomsbury. [Details]
2016 'Beyond MacMorris: Shakespeare, Ireland and critical contexts'
O’Neill S. (2016) 'Beyond MacMorris: Shakespeare, Ireland and critical contexts' In: Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers. [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Quoting Shakespeare in Digital Cultures'
O'Neill, Stephen (2018) 'Quoting Shakespeare in Digital Cultures' In: Julie Maxwell and Kate Rumbold (eds). Shakespeare and Quotation. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. [Details]
2017 'Theorizing User Agency in YouTube Shakespeare'
O'Neill, Stephen (2017) 'Theorizing User Agency in YouTube Shakespeare' In: Valerie M. Fazel and Louise Geddes (eds). The Shakespeare User Critical and Creative Appropriations in a Networked Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2017 '“In fair [Europe], where we lay our scene” Romeo and Juliet, Europe and digital cultures'
O'Neill, Stephen (2017) '“In fair [Europe], where we lay our scene” Romeo and Juliet, Europe and digital cultures' In: Juan F. Cerdá, Dirk Delabastita, Keith Gregor (eds). Romeo and Juliet in European Culture. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [full-text] [Details]
2014 '“YouTube, Shakespeare and the Sonnets: Textual Forms, Queer Erasures”'
O'Neill, Stephen (2014) '“YouTube, Shakespeare and the Sonnets: Textual Forms, Queer Erasures”' In: Digital Shakespeares: Innovations, Interventions, Mediations, special issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook. London: 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'
O'Neill, Stephen (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]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'On the ‘Spenser Dispenser’'
Stephen O'Neill (2021) 'On the ‘Spenser Dispenser’' Spenser Forum, 51 (3) . [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2017 The Strangers' Case: Sir Thomas More, Social Media and the Refugee Crisis.
Stephen O'Neill (2017) The Strangers' Case: Sir Thomas More, Social Media and the Refugee Crisis. Blog [Details]
2015 “Shakespeare and Online Video”, Shakespeare on YouTube.
Stephen O'Neill (2015) “Shakespeare and Online Video”, Shakespeare on YouTube. Blog [Details]

Edited Journal Issue

  Year Publication
2015 “Shakespeare/ Social Media”, Borrowers and Lenders.
O'Neill, Stephen (2015) “Shakespeare/ Social Media”, Borrowers and Lenders. Edited Journal Issue [Details]
2019 Shakespeare and Digital Humanities: New Perspectives, Future Directions, Humanities.
O'Neill, Stephen (2019) Shakespeare and Digital Humanities: New Perspectives, Future Directions, Humanities. Edited Journal Issue [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2018 Earth Songs: Eco-Criticism and Early Modern Studies.
O'Neill, Stephen and Pat Palmer (2018) Earth Songs: Eco-Criticism and Early Modern Studies. Conference Hosted [Details]
2017 “Don DeLillo’s America”.
O'Neill, Stephen (2017) “Don DeLillo’s America”. Conference Hosted [Details]
2016 “Shakespeare / Ireland / 1916” symposium.
O'Neill, Stephen (2016) “Shakespeare / Ireland / 1916” symposium. Conference Hosted [Details]
2014 “The Renaissance and Popular Culture”.
O'Neill, Stephen (2014) “The Renaissance and Popular Culture”. Conference Hosted [Details]
2006 Shakespeare and the Irish Writer.
Dr Stephen O'Neill (2006) Shakespeare and the Irish Writer. Conference Hosted [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Shakespeare on Screen in the Digital Era.
O'Neill, Stephen (2019) Shakespeare on Screen in the Digital Era. [Keynote Address], “By most mechanical … hand”: Shakespeare embedded in Westworld and digital cultures, Université of Paul-Valéry Montpellier , 26-SEP-19 - 28-SEP-19 [Details]
2018 Shakespeare Studies Today, British Shakespeare Association.
O'Neill, Stephen (2018) Shakespeare Studies Today, British Shakespeare Association. [Oral Presentation], ‘“The Strangers’ Case”: Sir Thomas More, the Refuge Crisis and Social Media’, Queen's University, Belfast , 14-JUN-18 - 17-JUN-18 [Details]
2018 Shakespeare Association of America.
O'Neill, Stephen (2018) Shakespeare Association of America. [Oral Presentation], Remediating Early Modern Drama seminar, Los Angeles , 29-MAR-18 - 31-MAR-18 [Details]
2017 Shakespeare Association of America.
O'Neill, Stephen (2017) Shakespeare Association of America. [Plenary Lecture], Shakespeare / Hiddleston / Coriolanus: Rhizomatic Crossings in Fanfiction, Shakespearean Fandom and Digital Cultures,, Atlanta , 06-APR-17 - 08-APR-17 [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]
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]
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]
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]
2013 Digital Shakespeares.
Stephen O'Neill (2013) Digital Shakespeares. [Oral Presentation], YouTube Shakespeare, University of Nottingham , 24-JUL-13 [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]
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 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]
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 World Shakespeare Congress.
Stephen O'Neill (2011) World Shakespeare Congress. [Oral Presentation], “Shakespeare, Ireland and the Critics”,, Prague [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]
2010 Abbey Theatre.
Stephen O'Neill (2010) Abbey Theatre. [Oral Presentation], “Politics, Paranoia, and Power in Shakespeare’s Plays”, Dublin [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]
2009 Rathmines Literary Festival.
Stephen O'Neill (2009) Rathmines Literary Festival. [Oral Presentation], After-show Talk and Discussion, Macbeth,, St Louis, Dublin [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 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 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 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 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 Jean Monnet University.
Stephen O'Neill (2007) Jean Monnet University. [Oral Presentation], Shakespeare’s Stage Irishman and questions of diff, Saint-Etienne, France [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 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]
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]
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]

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]

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

Dr O'Neill's main teaching interests and responsibilities are in Shakespeare and early modern literature studies but he also contributes more broadly to teaching across the MU English degree. Current teaching includes EN106: "Cli-Fi: Climate Crisis and the Literary Imagination", which is available to double major and single honours students; EN202: "Literature and History"; EN244: "Imagined Worlds"; and EN342: "Lost Worlds: Reading a Fragile Planet". He also offers an elective module in Third Year, "Shakespeare Across Media", which explores adaptations of Shakespeare in literary and popular cultures. He has previously taught modules on Shakespeare, Feminism and Popular Culture, and on the fiction of Don DeLillo. At postgraduate level, he co-teaches the module Afterlives on the Department's new MA programme, Literatures of Engagement. 

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