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Katherine O'Callaghan


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(413) 545-2332

South College

Dr. Katherine O’Callaghan lectures on James Joyce, modernism, Irish literature, and the role of music in novels. She received her PhD on the topic of Joyce and Music from University College Dublin.  She is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation.

She is the editor of Essays on Music and Language in Modernist Literature: Musical Modernism (Routledge, 2018, paperback edition 2020), and the co-editor, with Oona Frawley, of Memory Ireland Volume IV: James Joyce and Cultural Memory (Syracuse University Press, 2014).  She is completing a monograph on Music and Soundscape in James Joyce’s Ulysses and Finnegans Wake



Recent publications include “The Riddle of the Brocken Spectre: Reading Finnegans Wake on the top of Croagh Patrick,” James Joyce Quarterly, 56.1-2 (Fall 2018-Winter 2019), and The Art of Reading a Musical Novel: Literary Audiation and the Case of James Joyce,” European Joyce Studies, 29 (Amsterdam: Brill/ Rodopi, 2020). Forthcoming publications include the chapter on “Sirens” in The Cambridge Centenary Ulysses: The 1922 Text with Essays and Notes edited by Catherine Flynn (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2021), and “‘The time had come to set out on his journey westward’: Solastalgic Modernism and the West in Irish Literature (1900-1950)” in A History of Irish Literature and the Environment edited by Malcolm Sen (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2021).


Courses Recently Taught

English 791 Literature and the Arts

English 468 James Joyce

English 365 The Literature of Ireland

English 300 Music and the Irish Novel

English 200 Introduction to the Study of Literature: The Ghosts of Literature