Thomas Shea

Associate Professor. Hartford and Storrs Campuses


Modern Irish Literature; Contemporary Irish Literature; Modern British Literature; The Novel;

Ireland’s Blasket Island Writers: Tomás Ó Criomhthain,  Peig Sayers,  and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin; Flann O’Brien; Patrick McGinley.

Current Research:

Ireland’s Blasket Island Writers (Book in progress);

Patrick McGinley’s recent novels.

Recent Publications:

The Islander: A More Provocative Tomas O’Crohan,” New Hibernia Review. 

“Peig Sayers: Religious Subversions, Covert Withholdings, and Undaunted Mettle,” The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies.

“The Blasket Island Writers: Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Peig Sayers, and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin,” The Cracked Looking-Glass, Princeton University Library.


Flann O’Brien’s Exorbitant Novels, Bucknell UP; “Outstanding Academic Book,” The Association of College and Research Libraries.

Scholarly Journal Articles on the novels of Flann O’Brien and Patrick McGinley.

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