Dr Ellen McWilliams

Senior Lecturer


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Telephone: 01392 724021

Ellen’s research interests are in the fields of women's writing, Irish, American, and Canadian literature, 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 is working on her third book, Irishness in North American Women's Writing: Transatlantic Affinities, and a new project, Work and Writing in Post-1950s Women's Fiction. She has a special interest in New York magazine culture and recently completed a series of articles on Maeve Brennan's writing for The New Yorker, including an essay for Women: A Cultural Review: '"A Sort of Rathmines Version of a Dior Design": Maeve Brennan, Self-Fashioning, and the Uses of Style'.

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).