“Hard Border(s)” Speakers

Illustrated London News (8th April 1886)



Mary Mullen (Villanova University)

Seamus O’Malley (Yeshiva University)

Sean O’Toole (Baruch College)

Coílín Parsons (Georgetown University)

David Lloyd (University of California, Riverside)

Amy E. Martin (Mount Holyoke College)

Patrick O’Malley (Georgetown University)




Mary Mullen


Mary Mullen is Assistant Professor of English at Villanova University. Her research and teaching interests include Victorian and Irish literature, colonialism, institutions, and theories of the public. She is the author of Novel Institutions: Anachronism, Irish Novels, and Nineteenth-Century Realism (Edinburgh, 2019), which won the Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature from the American Conference for Irish Studies. She has published articles on settler colonialism, the politics of time, public humanities, fast-day literature, and nineteenth-century English and Irish writing. She is currently working on a new book project on the colonial politics of public interest, which considers how public interest is a strategy for managing racial and colonial difference in an era of globalization.


Seamus O’Malley


Seamus O’Malley is Associate Professor of English at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University. His book Making History New: Modernism and Historical Narrative was published by Oxford University Press (2015). He co-edited the volumes Ford Madox Ford and America (Rodopi, 2012); a research companion to Ford for Routledge (2019); and A Place Inside Yourself: The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell (University of Mississippi Press, 2019). He is currently writing a book on populism in Irish literature.


Sean O’Toole


Sean O’Toole is an associate professor and deputy chair of English at Baruch College, CUNY. He specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with particular interests in aestheticism and decadence, the novel, Irish literature, queer and gender studies. O’Toole is the author of Habit in the English Novel, 1850-1900: Lived Environments, Practices of the Self (2013) and is currently writing a new book on the transnational literary and artistic sources of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Among his other publications are essays on George Meredith, Henry James, and the love letters of Edith Somerville and Ethel Smyth. He has been nominated for a Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at Baruch (2015) and was the recipient of an NEH stipend for a summer seminar at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA (2012).


Coílín Parsons


Cóilín Parsons is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Global Irish Studies Initiative at Georgetown University. His first book was The Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature (Oxford UP, 2016), and he has co-edited Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa (2015), and Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism (2019), as well as a recent issue of Interventions titled “South Africa and Ireland: New Geographies of Comparison.”

David Lloyd

David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, has worked primarily on Irish culture and on postcolonial and cultural theory and teaches courses on Irish literature, poetry and poetics, and postcolonial and settler colonial cultural studies. He is the author of Nationalism and Minor Literature (1987); Anomalous States (1993); Ireland After History (1999) and Irish Times: Temporalities of Irish Modernity (2008). His most recent books in that field are Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity: The Transformation of Oral Space (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Beckett’s Thing: Theatre and Painting, (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Under Representation: The Racial Regime of Aesthetics (Fordham University Press, 2019) collects his essays on race and aesthetics. He is currently working on a book on modernism and Irish poetry, to appear with Edinburgh University Press in 2022. He is the editor of Xicancuicatl: Collected Poems of Alfred Arteaga (Wesleyan University Press, 2020).


Amy E. Martin

Amy E. Martin is Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Alter-Nations: Nationalisms, Terror, and the State in Nineteenth Century Britain and Ireland (2012), and has published on nineteenth century Ireland in journals such as The Field Day ReviewVictorian Literature and CultureNineteenth Century ContextsVictorian Review, as well as a number of edited volumes. She is currently finishing a book project on forms of Irish internationalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is currently serving as the Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke.

Patrick R. O’Malley


Patrick R. O’Malley is Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he teaches nineteenth-century British and Irish literature and culture, gender and sexuality studies, and critical theory. He is the author of two books: Catholicism, Sexual Deviance, and Victorian Gothic Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which won the Sonya Rudikoff Prize for the best first book in Victorian studies from the Northeast Victorian Studies Association; and Liffey and Lethe: Paramnesiac History in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2017), which won the Robert Rhodes Prize for the best book in Irish literary studies from the American Conference for Irish Studies. He is also the author of a number of articles and essays on writers including Ann Radcliffe, Sydney Owenson, Maria Edgeworth, John Henry Newman, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Grand, Thomas Hardy, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce. He is currently working on a book about the encounters between the genres of Irish nationalism and American white supremacist violence in the 1850s.

Simon Reader


Simon Reader is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Reader regularly teaches Victorian and British literature as well as Queer Studies in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. His research focuses on the aesthetic dimensions of minor genres, such as writers’ notebooks, literary and philosophical fragments, and aphorisms. His current book project is Notework: The Labor of Nonlinear Style, which explores the Victorian writers’ notebook as a genre, and he has also begun a second project, #barthes: Mythologies of the Fragment, which considers Roland Barthes’s obsession with fragmentary writing (i.e. writing in short prose bursts) in terms of the aesthetics and ethics of social media.


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