Cóilín Parsons


Tenure Line -- Assistant Professor


Department of English
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My research interests include Irish literature, global modernisms, theories of geography and scale, cartography, and postcolonial literature and theory. I am also interested in archival research in literature, and theories and histories of colonial archives.

I have written The Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature (Oxford University Press, 2016), and co-edited a volume, Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa (University of Cape Town Press, 2015), with Imraan Coovadia and Alexandra Dodd. A second monograph project, "Telescopic Modernism: The Novel and the Planet," looks at how modernist writers from the anglophone world engage with the discourse and insights of astronomy in their attempts to figure the planet.

Before coming to Georgetown in 2012 I taught at the University of Cape Town and at Columbia University.


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  • PhD (2008) Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature
  • MA (1999) Syracuse University, English
  • BA (1997) National University of Ireland, Galway, English and History