Dr Ellen McWilliams

Senior Lecturer


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Telephone: 01392 724021

Ellen’s research interests are in the fields of twentieth-century women's writing, Irish, British, American, and Canadian literature, transatlantic literary studies, and writing and diasporic identity. 

She is the author of Margaret Atwood and the Female Bildungsroman (2009) and Women and Exile in Contemporary Irish Fiction (2013). She has completed her third book, Irishness in North American Women's Writing: Transatlantic Affinities (Palgrave, 2021), and is in the planning stages of a new project, The Pram in the Hall: Creativity and Domesticity in Post-1950s Fiction. She has a special interest in New York magazine culture and recently published four essays on Maeve Brennan's writing for The New Yorker, including '"A Sort of Rathmines Version of a Dior Design": Maeve Brennan, Self-Fashioning, and the Uses of Style' for Women: A Cultural Review and an article on Brennan's years at Harper's Bazaar, 'Maeve Brennan, Celebrity, and Harper's Bazaar in the 1940s'.

Ellen has received a number of awards for research, including an AHRC Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar Award, and a British Library-Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in North American Studies.

She featured as a panellist on an RTE Radio 1 Book Show programme dedicated to the life and work of Maeve Brennan and coordinated a series on Women Writers and Irish America for The Irish Times to celebrate the centenary of Brennan's birth. She also appeared in the BBC1 documentary 'Imagine... Margaret Atwood' (directed by Katy Homan and presented by Alan Yentob).