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Dr. Michael G. Kelly


Head of the French section of the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at Limerick, Michael G. Kelly has lectured in French and comparative literature at UL since 2003, having previously taught and studied at a number of universities and other HE institutions in Ireland, France and the UK.

He currently serves as General Editor of the Irish Journal of French Studies (IJFrS), as Director of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies (an interdisciplinary research centre at UL), and as Managing Editor of the Ralahine Utopian Studies book series (published by Peter Lang). He also serves as an elected member of the Executive Committees of the Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI), and the Utopian Studies Society (Europe).

Areas of research interest include modern poetry and poetics in French, utopian theory and texts in a comparative perspective, interdisciplinary approaches to textual interpretation, and issues of literary and artistic individuation in modern and contemporary contexts. A current book project concerns the question of individuation in modern and contemporary French poetry. Another ongoing comparative project explores the question of cognitive mapping in contemporary European literature.

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary poetry and poetics in French; Vectors and discourses of utopia; Theories and treatments of space in literary thought; The subject and the work of writing, with specific reference to literary individuation;Cognitive mapping in contemporary European literature; Literary Urban Studies; Interdisciplinary approaches to textual interpretation;Law, language and literature;Developments in the fields of comparative literature and critical theory

Teaching Interests

I teach on a wide range of topics in modern and contemporary French-language and comparative literatures, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Professional Activities


  • 2019 Management Committee, COST Action 18126 ,
  • 2017 Consultative Panel, French Studies Bulletin,
  • 2015 Steering Committee, Utopian Studies Society (Europe),
  • 2014 Executive Committee, Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande,
  • 2014 Editorial Board, Irish Journal of French Studies,
  • 2013 Executive Committee, Society for French Studies (2013-19),
  • 2012 Managing Editor, Ralahine Utopian Studies (Peter Lang),
  • 2010 Executive Committee, Comparative Literature Association of Ireland (2010-13),


  • 2018 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer in French
  • 2003 University of Limerick - Lecturer in French
  • 2002 University College Dublin - Assistant Lecturer in French (2002-03)
  • 2001 Ecole Nationale des Chartes, Paris - Chargé de cours (anglais) (2001-02)
  • 2000 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Rue d'Ulm, Paris - Maître de langue (anglais) (2000-01)
  • 1997 University College Galway (now NUIG) - Cúntóir. Scoil na Gaeilge (1997)
  • 1996 Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin - Stagiaire. Legal Division (1996-97)
  • 1994 Regional Technical College, Galway (now GMIT) - Lecturer in French (1994-96)
  • 1993 Universite de Bordeaux III (France) - Lecteur d'anglais (1993-94)


  • 2017 Ordinary Member, Association for Literary Urban Studies
  • 2010 Ordinary Member, Comparative Literature Association of Ireland (CLAI)
  • 2004 Ordinary member, Utopian Studies Society (Europe)
  • 2003 Ordinary member, Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI)
  • 2003 Ordinary member, Society for French Studies (SFS)


  • 2014 - IRC New Foundations Scheme Award
  • 2009 - Visiting Scholar, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • 2000 - Junior Research Fellowship, Wolfson College Oxford
  • 1998 - Senior Heath Harrison Travelling Scholarship, University of Oxford
  • 1995 - Travelling Studentship in French, National University of Ireland
  • 1990 - Irish Universities Oral French Prize


  • 2002 University of Oxford - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1998 University of Oxford - Master of Studies
  • 1996 University College Galway - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1995 National University of Ireland - Master of Arts
  • 1993 University College Galway - Bachelor of Arts


  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Gaeilge


  • GOI International Academic Mobility Programme (HEA): Academic outreach and networking visit to Lima (Peru), June 2019.

Research Collaborators

  • CA18126 - Writing Urban Places. New Narratives of the European City - International Collaboration Type - COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology -Netherlands -EU-wide research network (2019-2023)|Name:overview


Book Chapter


'D'un château l'autre. Authorship, Individuation and Utopia in Pola X and De la guerre'
Kelly, Michael G.
Comparative Becomings. Studies in Transition


‘(De)Localizing Capital. Lines of Flight from Zola's Mystères de Marseille'
Kelly, Michael G.
Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century: An Alternative Mapping of Literary and Cultural Space


‘Rhetoric and Metaphysics of the Avant-garde Community: Le Grand Jeu, 1928-1930'
Kelly, Michael G.
La Revue. The Twentieth-Century Periodical in French


‘Prendre acte de la poésie'
Azérad, Hugues, Michael G.Kelly, Nina Parish and Emma Wagstaff
Chantiers du poème. Prémisses et pratiques de la création poétique moderne et contemporaine


‘Vers une juridiction du poème : Jacques Dupin'
Kelly, Michael G.
Chantiers du poème. Prémisses et pratiques de la création poétique moderne et contemporaine DOI:

Conference Publication

Edited Book

Other Journal

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal


De l'entre-deux à l'indivisible (sur la personne jouvienne)
Kelly, Michael G.
Cahiers Pierre Jean Jouve


‘Un monde nouveau' (sur Jean-Paul Michel)
Kelly, Michael G.
Revue Nu(e)


Poetic Practice and the Practice of Poetics in French since 1945 (Guest Editors' Introduction)
Azérad, Hugues, Michael G. Kelly, Nina Parish and Emma Wagstaff
French Forum DOI: 10.1353/frf.2012.0026