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Dr Keith O'Sullivan


Name: Dr Keith O'Sullivan
Department: English
Work Area: English
Role: Lecturer
Phone Number: 01 700 6097
Email Address: keith.osullivan@dcu.ie
Room: AHC S225
Campus: DCU All Hallows Campus

Biographical Details

Before joining the School of English as an associate professor, Keith O’Sullivan was senior lecturer and head of English at the Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines.
A qualified secondary teacher of English, and a probated primary teacher (SEN), he taught English at all levels of the education system in Ireland and across most curricula and syllabuses, and acted as an assistant and appeals examiner for Leaving Certificate English with the State Examination Commission. At tertiary level, he taught English on the BEd programme at Church of Ireland College of Education; the BA, BEd and MA programmes at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra; the MPhil (in children's literature) programme at Trinity College Dublin; and the PGDipEd programme at University College Dublin.

While he has a teaching and research interest in both literary Romanticism and twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish literature, his specialism is young adult/children’s literature — his doctoral research was in twentieth-century young adult and children’s literature and late-eighteenth/early nineteenth-century Romantic literature.  He was awarded a Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Fellowship (Cotsen Children’s Library) in 2016; the inaugural David Almond Fellowship for Research in Children's Literature (Newcastle University, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics) in 2013; and a visiting scholarship to the University of Cambridge (Homerton College, Centre for Children's Literature) in 2012. Aside from researching, teaching and publishing widely in the discipline, he is a founder member of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, a member of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, and a past member of the board of directors of Children’s Books Ireland. He has also served as a member of the judging panel for the Reading Association of Ireland Book of the Year Awards and as chair of the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards.   

Current research includes the Creative Europe project ‘Gender Identity: Child Readers and Library Collections’, on which he is co-principal investigator. This €310,000 project, which is co-funded with a European Union grant, brings together specialists working in children's literature, gender studies, translation studies, library science and education from Dublin City University, University of Bologna, University of Vigo, University of Paris 13, Regional Library of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) and City Library of Sarajevo. The aim of the project is to discover, explore, promote and disseminate literature that enables young readers to reflect on their identities and question stereotypes, bias and perceived norms around gender. Forthcoming publications include ‘Panoptic and Synoptic Surveillance in The Hunger Games Series’ (in 21st-Century Popular Fiction. Eds. Stephen Matterson and Bernice Murphy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

He is happy to receive applications for doctoral research, especially in the following areas: young adult/children's literature (especially theory, collections, and of the city), contemporary fantasy (adult and children's), multimodal texts (especially postmodern picturebooks), Romanticism (especially in relation to poetry, and literary constructions of childhood), and contemporary Irish poetry (especially the works of women poets).

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