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Dr. David Coughlan

Biography

Dr David Coughlan studied for his BA in English and Philosophy at University College Cork. He completed his MPhil in English Literature at UCC also before gaining his PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was a Lecturer in English at Chuo University, Tokyo, a Teaching Assistant at the University of Limerick, and an IRC Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCC before joining the School of English, Irish, and Communication at UL as a Lecturer in English in 2008. He was Associate Head of School (Quality in Teaching, Learning and Research) from 2009 to 2011 and Head of English from 2016 to 2019. He was Chair of the Irish Association for American Studies from 2017 to 2019 and is Executive Editor of the association's official journal, Irish Journal of American Studies IJAS Online.

He has published on contemporary American fiction and graphic narrative in the journals ImageTexT, College Literature, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, and Modern Fiction Studies, in a number of edited collections, and in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction and The Literary Encyclopedia. He has been a contributing co-editor on two special journal issues: Where Ghosts Live for Derrida Today in 2012 and Survival of the Death Sentence for Parallax in 2016. He is the author of Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction, published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.

Research Interests

Dr Coughlan's research interests are in 20th and 21st-century literature, particularly American fiction; popular culture and graphic narrative; and literary and cultural theory. He has supervised PhDs on post-9/11 literature and on genre cinema and the digital. He has supervised MA theses on topics including the representation of trauma, time, and memory in post-9/11 fiction; terrorism and crime in contemporary American fiction; American utopian literature; and the poetry of Li Qingzhao and Emily Dickinson.

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2017 Former Chair, Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS)
  • 2011 Founder and administrator , Graphic Narrative Research
  • 2010 Member, International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA)
  • Member, Association for Philosophy and Literature (APL)
  • Member, European Association for American Studies (EAAS)
  • Member, Modern Language Assocation (MLA)
  • Member, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

Award

  • 2016 - UL First Seven Weeks Teaching Award, AHSS Winner
  • 2013 - UL Award for Excellence in Large Group Teaching, Joint Winner
  • 2010 - UL First Seven Weeks Teaching/Advising Award, Overall Winner
  • 2007 - IRCHSS Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 1995 - UCC Title of College Scholar

Committee

  • 2012 IAAS Irish Association for American Studies Executive Committee (2012- ),
  • 2011 UL First Seven Weeks Committee (2011-12),
  • 2010 UL Student Experience Committee (2010-11),
  • 2010 AHSS Faculty Teaching Board (2010-11),
  • 2009 UL Languages Week Committee (2009-10),
  • 2009 LLCC Student Status Committee (2009-11),

Education

  • 2002 Goldsmiths College, University of London - Ph.D.
  • 1997 University College Cork - M.Phil.
  • 1995 University College Cork - B.A.

Publications

Book

Book Chapter

2020
2015

From Shame into Glory in <i>The Filth</i>
Coughlan, D.
Grant Morrison and the Superhero Renaissance: Critical Essays

2009

The Naked Hero and Model Man: Costumed Identity in Comic Book Narratives
Coughlan, D.
Heroes of Film, Comics and American Culture: Essays on Real and Fictional Defenders of Home

2008

Paul Auster's Ghost Writers
Coughlan, D.
Space, Haunting, Discourse

2001

Situated Intertextuality: Networks, Borders and the Space of Literature
Coughlan, D.
Spaces and Crossings: Essays on Literature and Culture in Africa and Beyond

2000

Framework: Nathalie Melikian's intertext
Coughlan, D.
The Visual-Narrative Matrix: Interdisciplinary Collisions and Collusions

Conference Contribution

2019
2019

JD19
Coughlan, D.

2019
2018

The 6th Derrida Today Conference
Coughlan, D., D. Rubenstein, and E. Wijaya

2017

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2017 Annual Meeting
Coughlan, D., C. Diakoulakis, D. Huddart, and E. Wijaya

2016

The 5th Derrida Today Conference
Diakoulakis, C., D. Huddart, and D. Coughlan

2016
2015

American Literature 1
Coughlan, D.

2013
2013

Whose side are you on?
Coughlan, D.

2010
2010

The 2nd International Derrida Today Conference
Coughlan, D., J. McSweeney, and E. Wijaya

2010

Research Seminar
Coughlan, D.

2009

Derrida and America
Coughlan, D.

2009

where ghosts live
Coughlan, D.

2009

where ghosts live
Allen, G., and D. Coughlan

2007

Defining Space
Coughlan, D.

2006

Conference Publication

Other Journal

2004

The Wide Open Spaces of Paul Auster's <i>The New York Trilogy</i>
Coughlan, D
Sogoseisaku Kenkyu (Journal of Policy and Culture)

2003

Reading Kazuo Ishiguro's <i>The Unconsoled</i>
Coughlan, D
Sogoseisaku Kenkyu (Journal of Policy and Culture)

Other Publication

2016

Survival of the Death Sentence</i>. Special issue of <i>Parallax
Coughlan, D., C. Diakoulakis, D. Huddart, and E. Wijaya
Parallax

2015

Which Side are You On? A Roundtable (Transcript and Video)
Ursini, F.-A., A. Mahmutovic, F. Bramlett, K. Roddy, K. Scott, D. Greene, N. Galante, T. Kakko, D. Coughlan, and R. Cook
ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

2012

where ghosts live</i>. Special issue of <i>Derrida Today
Allen, G., and D. Coughlan
Derrida Today

2010

Paul Auster
Coughlan, D.
The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction

2006
2005

Postmodernism
Coughlan, D.
The Literary Encyclopedia

Peer Reviewed Journal

2016

Introduction: Survival of the Death Sentence
Coughlan, D., C. Diakoulakis, D. Huddart, and E. Wijaya
Parallax DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2016.1144462

2015

<i>Ecce Animot</i>: Or, The Animal Man That Therefore I Am
Mahmutovi&#263;, A., D. Coughlan, and S. B. Ervin
ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

2012

Preface: where ghosts live
Allen, G., and D. Coughlan
Derrida Today DOI: 10.3366/drt.2012.0036

2012

The Art of Everyday Haunting
Coughlan, D.
Derrida Today DOI: 10.3366/drt.2012.0040

2006
2000

Nathalie Melikian: Her War of Words
Coughlan, D
Frankfurter Kunstverein.Hefte