Mary Burke

Associate Professor; Irish Literature Concentration Coordinator; Honors Program Director in English. Storrs.

Specialties: Modern and contemporary Irish literature and drama, Irish minorities in Ireland and America, fashion history

BOOK “Tinkers”: Synge and the Cultural History of the Irish Traveller. Oxford UP, 2009. REVIEW


Grace Kelly, Philadelphia, and the Politics of Lace.” American Journal of Irish Studies, forthcoming.

“Tuam Babies and Kerry Babies: Clandestine Pregnancies and Child Burial Sites in Tom Murphy’s Drama and Mary Leland’s The Killeen.”  Irish University Review 49.2 (2019): 245-61. DOI: 10.3366/iur.2019.0404

Lead article: “Forgotten Remembrances: The 6 January “Women’s Christmas” and the 6 January 1839 “Night of the Big Wind” in “The Dead.”’ James Joyce Quarterly 54.3-4 (2017 [published 2018]): 241-274.

Cover image: “The Cottage, the Castle, and the Couture Cloak: ‘Traditional’ Irish Fabrics and ‘Modern’ Irish Fashions in America, c. 1952–1969.” Journal of Design History, 31: 4 (2018): 364–382.

Lead article and cover: “‘The ghost of Roger Casement/Is beating on the (closet) door’: Dissident Voices in MacMahon’s Easter Rising Pageant, American Journal of Irish Studies 14 (2017): 5-30.

Claire Kilroy: An Overview and an Interview. LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 28:1 (2017): 13-33.

“The Marriage Plot and the Plot against the Union: Irish Home Rule and Henry James’s ‘The Modern Warning.’” Irish Studies Review 23: 2 (2015): 184-93.


“The Riot of Spring: Synge’s ‘Failed Realism’ and the Peasant Drama.” Invited Synge and Stravinsky chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016, 87-102. Paperback edition published 2019.

“Killing the Queen: Yeats, McDonagh, and Punk.” Gender, Sex, and Sexuality. Critical Insights Series. Ed. Margaret Breen. M.A.: Salem Press, 2014.

“Synge, Evolutionary Theory, and the Irish Language.” Synge and His Influences: Centenary Essays from the Synge Summer School. Ed. Patrick Lonergan. Dublin: Carysfort P, 2011, 55-72.

“Synge’s The Well of the Saints and The Tinker’s Wedding.” The Cambridge Companion to J.M. Synge. Ed. P.J. Mathews. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009, 41-51.

Famished: Alienation and Appetite in Edna O’Brien’s Early Novels.” Edna O’Brien: New Critical Perspectives. Eds. Maureen O’Connor et al. Dublin: Carysfort P, 2006, 219-41.


UConn Today article with audio link to Burke UConn360 podcast on use of UConn Costume and Textile Collection holdings for OVPR-funded 2018 Journal of Design History cover article. March 15, 2019.

“Women’s Christmas” (Irish custom) essay for Irish American Partnership fundraiser. Keynote by former Ireland President Mary McAleese. Boston, January 10, 2019.

Interview for James Joyce Quarterly  “Clever, Very…” series, November 20, 2018.

The Night of the Big Wind– January 6th, 1839: The Worst Storm in Irish Recorded History” (“Irishwoman’s Diary” column), Irish Times, January 12, 2016.

Interview on Ireland’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum on current affairs series Where We Live. With John Dankosky. WNPR  (Connecticut public radio), Hartford, CT, June 11, 2015.

Radio segment on Irish Traveller Women for “The Hidden World of Girls.” NPR, April 29, 2010.

“Hy-Brasil.” The Faber Best New Irish Short Stories, 2004-5. Ed. David Marcus. London: Faber & Faber, 2005, 101-05. Broadcast on RTE Radio 1 (Irish national broadcaster) on April 10, 2004.



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