Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Richard Alan Barlow
Associate Professor, School of Humanities
Richard Alan Barlow is an Associate Professor at NTU and a former Academic Director of the Trieste Joyce School. He received his MA and MLitt from the University of Aberdeen and his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast.

Richard's most recent book - Modern Irish and Scottish Literature: Connections, Contrasts, Celticisms - was published by Oxford University Press in 2023. His first book, The Celtic Unconscious: Joyce and Scottish Culture, was published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2017. He is currently co-editing a collection titled Finnegans Wake - Human and Nonhuman Histories, which is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2024.

Dr Barlow has published articles in journals such as Irish Studies Review, James Joyce Quarterly, Philosophy and Literature, and Scottish Literary Review. He has also been a contributor to The Irish Times and The Guardian. In addition to his work on Joyce, Richard has published on David Hume, James Macpherson, Robert Burns, James Hogg, Walter Scott, Sydney Owenson, Dion Boucicault, Robert Louis Stevenson, Augusta Gregory, Fiona Macleod, W. B. Yeats, Hugh MacDiarmid, Samuel Beckett, Flann O’Brien, Sorley MacLean, and Seamus Heaney.

Richard will be giving a keynote presentation at the XXIX International James Joyce Symposium, to be held at the University of Glasgow in 2024. Richard has also been an invited speaker at the Oxford Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar, the Trieste Joyce School, and the Vienna Irish Studies and Cultural Theory Summer School. He has given invited lectures at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin, the University of Aberdeen, Concordia University, the University of Dundee, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow.

Dr Barlow is an international affiliate member of the Scottish Revival Network and an Outer International Assessment Board member for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship and Postdoctoral Fellowship programmes. He is also a reviewer for James Joyce Quarterly.

Dr Barlow is always interested in hearing from prospective graduate students!
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
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Keynote speaker, XXIX International James Joyce Symposium, University of Glasgow, 2024.
Courses Taught
James Joyce
Irish Writing: Romanticism to Modernism
Scottish Literature
Gothic Literature
Supervision of PhD Students
Shen Zhibin, 'James Joyce and China'