Marguérite Corporaal appointed professor of Irish Literature

Date of news: 21 January 2020

With effect from 1 January 2020, Marguérite Corporaal has been appointed full professor of Irish Literature in Transnational Contexts at Radboud University.

The newly appointed professor is an expert in the area of Irish culture and literature, in which she mainly studies the links between Irish, Northern Irish and European literary traditions and cultures and between Ireland and its global diaspora. Cultural and literary networks as well as transnational social movements and cultural memories from the centre of these studies.

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Corporaal studied various subjects, including the cultural memory of the Great Irish Famine, a period of food shortage that Ireland experienced from 1845 to 1850 and that caused over one million casualties. Her monograph Relocated Memories of the Great Famine in Irish and Diaspora Fiction (Syracuse University Press, 2017), published in 2017, deals with this subject.
She also published on the Irish immigrant societies in North America, mainly regarding their literary traditions, on nineteenth-century Irish regional literature and on Irish identity in the published essay collections Traveling Irishness in the Long Nineteenth Century (Palgrave, 2017) and Irish Global Migration and Memory (Routledge, 2016) which she edited.

About Marguérite Corporaal

Marguérite Corporaal (Schöppingen, Germany, 1973) studied English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen and the University of Surrey, where she received her Master’s degree cum laude. In 2003, she obtained her PhD for her research into tragedies by Renaissance and Early Restoration English and Irish women dramatists. She subsequently worked for three years as Assistant Professor of English Literature at Leiden University, which she combined with an Assistant Professorship of American Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen. In 2007, she became assistant professor of English Literature at Radboud University, and Associate Professor in 2014.

Research funding

Marguérite Corporaal was the PI and coordinator of the research project The Great Famine in Irish (Diaspora) Fiction, 1847-1921, for which she received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2010-2015). Furthermore, she is the director of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies, which was financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO, 2014-2017) and the Gate Theatre Research Network (2017-20, NWO, Internationalisation in the Humanities).
In 2019, she was awarded an NWO Vici grant for research into the transnational dimensions of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century couleur locale: cultural representations in illustrated European and North American periodicals and local literature. She also received a major research grant – once again from NWO, within the frame of the Dutch Research Agenda – for the Heritages of Hunger project, which investigates the heritage and education of European famines and aims to develop educational resources that connect these periods in history with current crises, such as the influx of migrants.

Transnational contexts

In the past years, Corporaal has put research into Ireland and its literature and culture in transnational contexts on the map through collaborations with societal partners such as the Irish Heritage Trust and the Ireland Park Foundation, Toronto. In 2018, she organised the annual congress of the International Association for the Studies of Irish Literature at Radboud University, and she regularly invites Irish writers, filmmakers and artists to Nijmegen through the Irish Studies Group (EFACIS).

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