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Dr Helen O'Connell

Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42564
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42501

Contact Dr Helen O'Connell (email at helen.o'

Helen O'Connell's research interests are Irish literature and culture. She is particularly interested in dietary discourse and the significance of commodities such as tea in Ireland from the late 1700s through to the Irish Revival. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project, Tea in Ireland, 1789-1845.
Her work to date has focused on 'improvement' (principally in the form of fictional pamphlets and instructional manuals) and literary culture in Ireland from the Romantic period through to the Irish Revival. She is the author of Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement (Oxford University Press, 2006). She is happy to supervise prospective post-graduates in the areas of food studies and/or Irish writing in the modern period.

Please note that Helen O'Connell works part time.

Research Groups

Department of English Studies

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • (2006). Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement. Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

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Selected Grants

  • 2012: AHRC Fellowship
  • 2012: Tea in Ireland: Consumption and sociability (£57887.00 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)