Paul Delaney read English at Trinity College Dublin, gaining a first class Honours degree in 1994; he subsequently obtained an M.Litt. Research Degree at T.C.D. in 1996. He was a British Council Chevening scholar, and in 2001 received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His doctoral thesis explored the subject of post-independence Irish literature.
Paul’s interests lie principally in the area of twentieth-century and contemporary Irish literature. He has supervised Ph.D. dissertations in the following areas: Frank O’Connor in the 1920s and 1930s; W.B. Yeats and Louis MacNeice; narcissism and John Banville; and working-class Dublin literature.
His publications include the edited collection, Reading Colm Tóibín (Liffey Press, 2008). He is the author of numerous essays and chapters for refereed journals and book collections, and edited a critical edition of Daniel Corkery’s short stories in 2003. He has also written widely on cultural representations of Travellers, and was a contributor to the innovative online project Historical Resources for Research into the Social, Economic and Cultural History of the Irish Travellers (University of Limerick/HEA).
Paul is currently completing a major monograph on Seán O’Faoláin for Irish Academic Press. He is also co-editing a collection of essays on the award-winning writer William Trevor (with Michael Parker) for Manchester University Press.