What I Do

Carol TaaffeAfter a PhD in English literature, a post-doctoral fellowship and working as an adjunct lecturer, I re-trained in digital media. Then I began work as a policy researcher. I’m not sure how all that fits together, but this website is one space where my interests in writing and education, cultural heritage, and innovations in the digital world come together.

Along the way I’ve also designed education resources for the Abbey Theatre and created undergraduate and postgraduate modules for Trinity College Dublin, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Dublin City University, Boston University (Dublin) and Dublin Business School. I’ve delivered lectures on Irish literature to cultural tourists, organised academic conferences, and contributed to arts programmes broadcast by RTÉ, BBC Radio 4, Newstalk, Lyric FM and Dublin City FM.

One common thread in my work is storytelling – whether that means designing a workshop, writing an essay or creating a VR scene. I’m particularly curious about the challenges of multimedia storytelling, and that drove my VR project for TCD’s M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media.

Ireland Through the Looking-GlassUnder my academic hat, I’m the author of Ireland Through the Looking-Glass: Flann O’Brien, Myles na gCopaleen and Irish Cultural Debate (Cork UP, 2008) and I’ve published articles on Flann O’Brien and modernism in Problems with Authority (Cork UP, 2017), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (OUP, 2010), ‘Is It About a Bicycle?’: Flann O’Brien in the Twenty-First Century (Four Courts, 2011), Frank O’Connor: Critical Essays (Four Courts, 2007), Irish University Review and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. I’ve also co-edited Irish Modernism: Origins, Contexts, Publics (Peter Lang, 2010). I’ve contributed essays and book reviews to The Dublin Review and The Dublin Review of Books, one of which is reproduced in Space to Think (DRB, 2016).

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