Cóilín Parsons


Associate Professor


(On leave Spring 2017)


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

My book, The Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature (Oxford UP, 2016) was awarded the American Conference for Irish Studies Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature. A co-edited (with Imraan Coovadia and Alexandra Dodd) volume, Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa, was published by the University of Cape Town Press in 2015. I am currently working on a second monograph project, "Telescopic Modernism: The Novel and the Planet," which looks at how modernist writers from the anglophone world engage with the discourse and insights of astronomy in their attempts to figure the planet. Kathryn Conrad, Julie McCormick Weng, and I are also editing a volume on Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism, which is under contract with Syracuse University Press.

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