DeaglanDr Ó Donghaile is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History.  He holds a BA (Hons) and PhD from Trinity College, Dublin.  From 2007-9 he was Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of English, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and in 2009 held a visiting fellowship at the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.  In 2011 Edinburgh University Press published his monograph,Blasted Literature: Victorian Political Fiction and the Shock of Modernism:

His research interests lie in the literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and he is interested in supervising research in these areas, with particular regard to political fiction, modernism, popular literature and the work of Oscar Wilde.

Deaglán Ó Donghaile’s monograph, Blasted Literature: Victorian Political Fiction and the Shock of Modernism, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2011. This book examines representations of revolutionary and anti-imperialist politics in late Victorian and modernist literature, arguing that nineteenth-century fiction and modernism are linked by their treatment and exploitation of the explosive shocks of political violence and their mediation via the late Victorian press.

His latest research is on Oscar Wilde’s engagement with anarchism, socialism and Irish Fenianism, and he is currently preparing a monograph entitled Oscar Wilde and the Radical Politics of the Fin de Siècle.



  • Blasted Literature: Victorian Political Fiction and the Shock of Modernism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011)
  • Oscar Wilde and the Radical Politics of the Fin de Siècle (manuscript in progress)


  • “Oscar Wilde, Aestheticism and Anarchism” Studies in the Literary Imagination, special issue on Anarchism and the Literary Imagination 45.1 (Spring 2012)
  • “Anarchism, Socialism and The Invisible Man”, The Wellsian, autumn 2012
  • “Anarchism, Anti-imperialism and the Doctrine of Dynamite”, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol.46, Nos. 3-4, July/September 2010, pp. 291-303

Oscar_Wilde_sitting_portraitBook Chapters

  • “Oscar Wilde’s Other London”, The Other Capital: Irish Authors Writing London (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2013)
  • “Conrad, the Stevensons and the Imagination of Urban Chaos”, Stevenson and Conrad: Writers of Transition(Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2009), pp.159-174
  • “‘Chaos! Bloody Fucking Chaos!” Counter-insurgency in David Peace’s GB84”, Fear: Aspects of an Emotion(Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), pp.78-90

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Romance”,  Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Black wellforthcoming, 2015)




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