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Burnaby Road, Milldam
PO1 3AS Portsmouth
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I am Reader in English and American Literature in the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature. In the School, my research and teaching focus on American literature, early modern literature, and representations of masculinities.
I am the author of Emily Dickinson’s Shakespeare (2006), the co-author of Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson's Circle (2013), and the co-editor of six journal special issues, including two on nineteenth-century transatlantic celebrity culture.
Many of my publications explore the nineteenth-century American poet Emily Dickinson's British literary heritage. My most recent work concerns Dickinson's global and transnational connections, her representations of history, and her engagement with celebrity culture.
From 2014-2017, I was Deputy Director of the Centre for Studies in Literature. From 2018-2020, I was Associate Head (Research & Innovation) of the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature.
I joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer in 2004 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in English in 2006 and Reader in 2014. At Portsmouth, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2005 and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before joining Portsmouth, I worked as a part-time teacher at the University of Kent for a number of years. I completed my PhD in English at Kent in 2001, having received a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA in Modern English and American Literature from University College Dublin.
I specialise in American literature and transatlantic literary studies. I am currently completing my second monograph, Dickinson and her British Contemporaries, which examines connections between Dickinson’s writings and the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, the Brontës, and George Eliot. In 2012, I was awarded an AHRC Early Career Fellowship to facilitate the completion of this project.
I am also working on new research on nineteenth-century and contemporary celebrity culture as a member of the Celebrity, Citizenship, and Status project.
PhD Research Supervision:
I especially welcome enquiries and applications from students wishing to study a PhD with me in American literature, nineteenth-century poetry, or cultural representations of masculinity.
I deliver English and American literature components of the undergraduate programme in the School. I currently teach on the Level 4 modules Body Politics and Unpacking Texts; the level 5 modules Bloody Shakespeare, Women's Writings in the Americas and Puritans to Postmodernists; and the level 6 module US Masculinities.
I am happy to take calls and emails from media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. These should be directed to me, firstname.lastname@example.org - 023 9284 6176
Interested journalists can also contact the University's Media and Communications team for support and advice on all media engagement, including out of hours.
Ph.D., University of Kent
1996 → 2001
Award Date: 18 Jul 2001
MA, University College Dublin
1994 → 1995
Award Date: 18 Oct 1995
BA (Hons), University College Dublin
1991 → 1994
Award Date: 20 Jul 1994
Editorial Board Member, The Wenshan Review of Literature and CultureNov 2016 → …
Editorial Board Member, Emily Dickinson Journal5 May 2012 → …
Directorial Board Member, The Emily Dickinson International Society5 May 2012 → …
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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review
1/01/10 → 30/06/11
Paraic Finnerty (Peer reviewer)
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Publication peer-review
Paraic Finnerty (Member)
Activity: Membership types › Membership of council
Finnerty, Paraic (Recipient), 2004
Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively
Paraic Finnerty (Participant)
Impact: Cultural & Creative Impacts