Academic Profile : Faculty

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 has also co-edited a collection titled Finnegans Wake - Human and Nonhuman Histories, which is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in September 2024.

Dr Barlow has published articles in journals such as Irish Studies in Europe, Irish Studies Review, James Joyce Quarterly, Philosophy and Literature, and Scottish Literary Review. He has written for the Irish Times and the Guardian and is contributing to a number of forthcoming volumes, including the Bloomsbury Handbook to Joyce and the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Scottish Literature. He also has work forthcoming with European Joyce Studies.

Richard was a plenary speaker at the XXIX International James Joyce Symposium, held at the University of Glasgow in June 2024. Richard has also been an invited speaker at 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, the University of Dundee, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Oxford.

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

Dr Barlow is always interested in hearing from prospective graduate students!
Irish Studies
Scottish Literature
James Joyce
Blue humanities
Genetic criticism
Nonhuman studies
  • 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
Irish Writing: Romanticism to Modernism
James Joyce
Scottish Literature
Gothic Literature
Supervision of PhD Students
Shen Zhibin, 'James Joyce and China'