Richard Haslam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: Merion Hall 185
Phone: (610) 660-1897


  • B.A. (Hons.), St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, 1983
  • Ph.D, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, 1992

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest
Irish literature and criticism in English from the eighteenth century to the present; Irish cinema; rhetorical hermeneutics; narratology; literary theory.

Pedagogical Style
Seminars, workshops, directed discussion; pair work, group work, group reports; twice-weekly writing responses, creative and research papers; active student participation required.

Other Information
Member of MLA, ACIS.

Courses Taught

  • English 1011 (The Craft of Language)
  • English 1021 (Texts and Contexts); Irish literature, cinema, and culture courses at 2000 level.


Selected Publications
“Oscar Wilde and the Imagination of the Celt.” In the Norton Critical Edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Ed. Michael Patrick Gillespie. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006. 195-202.

"Critical Reductionism and Bernard Mac Laverty’s Cal.” Representing the Troubles: Texts and Images, 1979-2000. Eds. Brian Cliff and Éibhear Walshe. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004. 39-54.

"W. B. Yeats: Snobbery as Mood and Mode.” Études Irlandaises 29.1 (Spring 2004): 55-72.

"Ghost-Colonial Ireland.” Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal V. 1 (Summer/Fall 2000): 63-80.

"'The Pose Arranged and Lingered Over': Visualizing the 'Troubles'." Contemporary Irish Fiction: Themes,Tropes, Theories. Eds. Liam Harte and Michael Parker. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. 192-212.

“‘A race bashed in the face’: Imagining Ireland as a Damaged Child.” Jouvert: a journal of postcolonial studies [electronic journal; can be found at] 4.1 (Fall 1999).

"Neil Jordan and the ABC of Narratology: ‘Stories to do with love are mathematical’.” New Hibernia Review 3:2 (Summer 1999): 36-55.

“Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and the Fantastic Semantics of Ghost-
Colonial Ireland.” That Other World: The Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature and its Contexts. 2 vols. Ed. Bruce Stewart. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1998. I, 268-86.

Selected Invited Lectures:
“Johann Kohl, Charles Maturin and Irish Unhomeliness.” Symposium on “The Gothic, the National, the Subversive.” Ireland House, New York University (4 October 1998).
“Yeats and Snobbery.” 41st Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland (3 August 2000).
"W. B. Yeats’s Responsibilities.” 44th Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland (July 2003).

Selected Recent Conference Papers:
“Rethinking Irish Gothic. ”American Conference for Irish Studies, National
Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri (April 2006).

“The Development of an Irish Dimension in Wilde's Dorian Gray.”
American Conference for Irish Studies, National Meeting, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (April 2005).

"‘Is that German or not?’ The Geographies of James Clarence Mangan’s Supernaturalist Fiction." The Modern Language Association's 120th Annual Convention, Philadelphia (December 2004).

“Irish Studies and the Art of Method.” The 4th Annual GRIAN Conference on Irish Studies, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University (March 2002).

“Dracula; or Why Irish Literary Critics Need to Think Hermeneutically.” American Conference for Irish Studies, National Meeting, Fordham University, New York (June 2001).

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Faculty Expert Profile

  • Expertise: 18th Century to Present Irish Literature, Irish Cinema, Irish Cultural History, Literary Theory, Narratology