Academic Profile

Richard Alan Barlow is an associate professor at NTU where he teaches courses on James Joyce, Irish literature, Scottish literature, Gothic literature, and Modernism. He received his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland and his MA and MLitt from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His main research interests are Celticism and Irish modernism, with a special focus on the works of Joyce.

Dr Barlow has published articles in journals such as James Joyce Quarterly, Irish Studies Review, Scottish Literary Review, and Philosophy and Literature. He has also been a contributor to the Irish Times and the Guardian. His monograph, The Celtic Unconscious: Joyce and Scottish Culture, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2017.

Dr Barlow has been an invited speaker at the Trieste Joyce School (in 2012 and 2017), the Vienna Irish Studies and Cultural Theory Summer School (in 2018), and the Oxford Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar (in 2019). He was also one of the coordinators for the 2017 International Association of the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) conference held at NTU in 2017.

He is always interested in hearing from prospective graduate students considering working on Joyce or any aspect of Irish or Scottish literature.
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Assoc Prof Richard Alan Barlow
Associate Professor, School of Humanities

James Joyce
Irish Studies
Scottish Literature
  • Mapping Finnegans Wake scholarship: Creating an online research platform linking the full text of Finnegans Waketext to existing analysis
  • Richard Barlow. (2020). James Joyce and Walter Scott: Incest, Rivers of History and 'old useless papers'. Scottish Literary Review, 12(1), 1-18.

  • Richard Barlow. (2019). ‘Celticism, ballad transmission, and the schizoid voice: Ossianic Fragments in Owenson, Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett’. Irish Studies Review, 27(4), 473-492.

  • Barlow, Richard. (2017). The Celtic Unconscious: Joyce and Scottish Culture. University of Notre Dame Press.

  • Richard Barlow. (2014). “‘Hume sweet Hume’: Scepticism, Idealism, and Burial in Finnegans Wake”. Philosophy and Literature, 38(1), 266-275.

  • Richard Barlow. (2012). The “united states of Scotia Picta”: Scottish literature and history in Finnegans Wake. James Joyce Quarterly, 48(2), 305-318.