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;

Novelists Flann O’Brien and Patrick McGinley.


Recent Publications:

“Muiris O’Sullivan’s ‘New Storytelling’: The Art of Twenty Years A-Growing,” Estudios Irlandeses: Journal of the Spanish Association of Irish Studies. Forthcoming.

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.


Current Research:

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

Patrick McGinley’s recent novels. Kevin Barry’s fiction and screenplays.



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