Dr Helen O'Connell
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.
Department of English Studies
- (2006). Ireland and the Fiction of Improvement. Oxford University Press.
- O'Connell, Helen (2013). Food Values: Joyce and Dietary Revival in Ireland'. In James Joyce in the Nineteenth Century. Nash, John. Cambridge University Press. 128-148.
- O'Connell, Helen (2010). 'Reconciliation and Emancipation: The Banims and Carleton'. In Blackwell Companion to Irish Writing. Wright, Julia Oxford: Blackwell. vol. 1: 411-426.
- Jacqueline Belanger (ed) (2005). 'The Fiction of Improvement'. In The Irish Novel in the Nineteenth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press.
Journal papers: academic
- O'Connell, Helen (2015). 'Animals in Post-Union Ireland'. New Hibernia Review 19(1): 34-52.
- O'Connell, Helen (2013). “At Our Potatoes” Recipes for Normality in Post-Union Ireland. Eire-Ireland 48(3&4): 49-78.
- O'Connell, Helen (2012). '"A Raking Pot of Tea": Consumption and Excess in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland'. Literature and History 21(2): 32-47.
- (2004). Improved English and the Silence of Irish. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 13-20.
- 2012: AHRC Fellowship
- 2012: Tea in Ireland: Consumption and sociability (£57887.00 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)