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Dr. Stanley Van Der Ziel


Dr Stanley van der Ziel was educated at the University of Leiden and at University College Dublin, where he was awarded a PhD in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama in 2008.

He has previously lectured on English and Irish literature at University College Dublin, the University of Limerick, St Patrick's College Drumcondra (where he was also an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2011-12), and the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool.

He has published widely on 20th- and 21st-century Irish literature, particularly on the fiction of John McGahern. A monograph, John McGahern and the Imagination of Tradition, appeared from Cork University Press in 2016. He is also the editor of McGahern's collected non-fiction, published as Love of the World: Essays by Faber & Faber in 2009. He is currently preparing an edition of McGahern's selected dramatic writings, also for Faber & Faber.

Research Interests

Dr van der Ziel's research interests are in 20th- and 21st-century Irish literature. He has a particular interest in the work of John McGahern, as well as in W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Derek Mahon, Joseph O'Neill and others. Among other things, he is currently working on a number of projects concerned with the presence of Shakespeare in 20th-century Irish literature.



Book Chapter


An Interview with John McGahern
van der Ziel, S.
John McGahern: Authority and Vision


John McGahern: Nightlines
van der Ziel, S.
A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

Edited Book


Love of the World: Essays, by John McGahern

Other Journal


Learning to Read
van der Ziel, S.
John McGahern Yearbook

Peer Reviewed Journal


John McGahern: An Annotated Bibliography
van der Ziel, S.
Irish University Review


'All This Talk and Struggle': John McGahern's The Dark
van der Ziel, S.
Irish University Review


Review essay of Memoir, by John McGahern
van der Ziel, S.
Irish University Review


The Aesthetics of Redemption: John McGahern's That They May Face the Rising Sun
van der Ziel, S.
Studies - An Irish Quarterly Review