I received my PhD from the University of Staffordshire in 1995, since which time I have taught on the English Programme at Liverpool John Moores University. I have taught on a wide range of subjects during that time, and currently contribute to the teams offering modules on Modernism, Literature and Domestic Space, and Novels of Empire and Adventure. I published my first monograph in 1997, and my eighth in March 2015.


Contact Details

Office: 1.28 John Foster Building, Liverpool L3 5UZ

Email: G.A.Smyth@ljmu.ac.uk

Tel: 0151 2315021


Research Interests

  • Irish Cultural History
  • James Joyce
  • Folk and Popular Music
  • Ecocriticism
  • Modernism


Monographs and Edited Collections

  • The Novel and the Nation: Studies in the New Irish Fiction (London: Pluto Press, 1997)
  • Space and Place: The Geographies of Literature (co-edited with Glenda Norquay) (Liverpool: Liverpool John Moores University Press, 1998)
  • Decolonisation and Criticism: The Construction of Irish Literature (London: Pluto Press, 1998)
  • Explorations in Cultural History (with T.G. Ashplant) (London: Pluto Press, 2000)
  • Space and the Irish Cultural Imagination (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2001)
  • Across the Margins: Cultural Identity and Change in the Atlantic Archipelago (co-edited with Glenda Norquay) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)
  • (ed.) Music in Contemporary Ireland: A Special Edition of the Irish Studies Review 1 (April 2004)
  • Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music (Cork: Cork University Press, 2005)
  • Beautiful Day: Forty Years of Irish Rock (with Sean Campbell) (Cork: Atrium Press, 2005)
  • Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Contemporary Culture (co-edited with Joanna Croft) (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006)
  • Music in Contemporary British Fiction: Listening to the Novel (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
  • Music in Irish Cultural History (London: Irish Academic Press, 2009)
  • The Judas Kiss: Treason and Betrayal in Six Modern Irish Novels (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014)
  • Celtic Tiger Blues: Music and Modern Irish identity (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2016)


Refereed Chapters and Articles (9 of 38)

  • ‘“The natural course of things”: Matthew Arnold, Celticism, and the English Poetic Tradition’, Journal of Victorian Culture 1 (March 1996), 35-53
  • The Crying Game: Postcolonial or Postmodern?’, Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 20.2 (July 1997), 154-73
  • ‘Hippies, Liberals and the Ecocritical Sublime’, Keywords: A Journal of Cultural Materialism 2 (1999), 94-110
  • ‘Tiger – Theory – Technology: A Meditation on the Development of Modern Irish Literary Criticism’ in Irish Studies Review (May 2007), 123-36
  • ‘Waiting for the Performance to Begin: Ishiguro.s Musical Imagination’ in Sebastian Groes and Barry Lewis (eds), Kazuo Ishiguro: New Critical Visions of the Novels (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 144-56
  • ‘No Country for Young Women: Celtic Music, Dissent and the Irish Female Body’, in Ian Peddie (ed.) I Dream A World: Popular Music and Human Rights, Volume II. World Music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011), 119-29
  • ‘Popular Music and the Celtic Tiger’ in Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien (eds), From Prosperity to Austerity: A Socio-Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger and its Aftermath (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014), 76-88
  • ‘“Join us”: Musical Style and Identity in “My Dear Palestrina”, in Richard Rankin Russell (ed.), Bernard MacLaverty: New Critical Readings (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), 45-62
  • ‘“Trust Not Appearances;’: Political and Personal Betrayal in James Joyce’s Ulysses’ in Irish University Review2 (Spring 2014),.254-71


Points of Note

  • I have contributed to the The Norton Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms, and The Encyclopedia of Irish Music. I have presented fifty-six lectures and papers at conferences and symposia since 1992, including events in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.
  • I have been Visiting Professor at Charles University, Prague, the Princess Grace Library, Monaco, and the University of Vienna, Austria.
  • As actor and musician I have performed at events across Europe and the United Kingdom.

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