Staff Profiles: Dr. Kirsten Daly

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Staff Profile: Dr. Kirsten Daly
Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism)

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism)

Literary and Critical Studies

Dr Kirsten Daly studies the relationship between literature and history. Her current work on private theatrical performances in eighteenth-century Ireland is based on archival research and brings into play her interest in material and visual culture.


Dr Kirsten Daly is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature, specialising in eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism and modern Irish literature. She has published on Romantic-era poets and prose writers (Hazlitt, Byron, and the Scottish poets, Ann Grant and James Grahame). Her current research focuses on private theatricals in Ireland, c1760 to 1830 and her work on Elizabeth Bowen situates the writer in relation to the political and psychological tensions of her day. She is happy to supervise in these areas.


Award Title Institution
BA English Literature University of Nottingham
MA Critical Theory (with distinction) University of Nottingham
PhD English Literature University of Leeds

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the British Association for the Study of Romanticism and the Eghteenth-Century Ireland Society.

Teaching and research


I teach across the curriculum and run one of the core modules in the second year, ‘Restoration to Romantics: the Long Eighteenth Century’


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My research currently focuses on private theatricals in Ireland, c. 1760 to 1830. This is primarily a literary study, which draws on texts such as prologues and epilogues and plays written for private theatricals, but it also explores the material features of private theatricals as an important dimension of their impact and significance. I have a longstanding interest in the work of Elizabeth Bowen and am preparing a number of articles which examine her exploration of dispossession in her work.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Private theatricals in eighteenth-century Ireland

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