Director of Irish Studies & Chair of the Comparative Literature Department
Professor Carroll does research in Renaissance Studies, with particular interests in early modern colonialism, epic poetry, and historiography. Her most recent book is Ireland and Postcolonial Theory (Cork University Press and Notre Dame University Press, 2003). She is also the author of Circe’s Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Writing (Cork University Press, 2002) and The Orlando Furioso, A Stoic Comedy (Medieval and Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1997).
With Vincent Carey, she edited Richard Beacon's humanist dialogue on the colonization of Ireland, Solon His Follie (1996). She is also the editor of the Early Modern Period in the Longman Anthology of British Literature (2003) and of the Longman Cultural Edition of Othello and Tragedy of Mariam (2003).
In addition to teaching courses in Comparative, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance literatures, she has taught both the advanced seminar and the introductory Irish language course in Irish Studies. Professor Carroll won the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching back in 1993. one of her students commented: "She encourages us to disagree, debate, and discuss. Most important, she gets us to think."
Originally from county Louth, Patrick did his graduate work at S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook, under the direction of Prof. Karl Bottigheimer, one of America's leading Irish Historians. Since 1994, he has lectured on Irish and Irish-American History at Queens College, and has also conducted tutorials and directed readings for students undertaking specialized study in these areas.
From an initial concentration on early modern Ireland, his more recent work has included an emphasis on 20th century Ireland and 19th century Irish-America.
One of the most positive aspects of teaching at Queens College, he feels, is the diversity of the students he encounters. He finds this diversity to be both challenging and stimulating. He is impressed by the quality of the students at Queens.
The downside of teaching at Queens College, as opposed to an Irish University, is that he doesn't get to see his favorite Irish, Scottish, and English soccer teams play on a regular basis!
James A Moore
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