Coilin Parsons


Cóilín Parsons, BA National University of Ireland, Galway, MA Syracuse, MA MPhil PhD Columbia
Cóilín was educated in Ireland and the US, where he received his PhD from Columbia University in 2008. He was a lecturer at Columbia University and an adjunct Professor at New York University before he came to Cape Town in 2009. He has also taught at Waterford Institute of Technology and Syracuse University. His research interests include Irish literature, Modernism, theories of geography and space, cartography, Victorian studies, and postcolonial literature and theory. He is also interested in archival research in literature, and theories and histories of colonial archives. Cóilín has published on the origins of literary study in Ireland and India, Sydney Owenson’s Indian novels, Irish literature, and postcolonial theory. He is currently working on a number of articles on the mapping of Ireland in the nineteenth century, and a book manuscript on the cartographic origins of Irish modernist literature, tentatively entitled Maps to Modernism: cartography and the development of Irish literature.

Research Interests
Irish literature
Victorian studies
Imperial and colonial history
Postcolonial literature and theory
Contemporary fiction
Critical theory
Landscape, geography and space
Cartographic history

Book Manuscript
Parsons, C. Maps to Modernism: Cartography, Space and Modern Irish Literature

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Parsons, C. “‘Greatly Altered’: The Life of Sydney Owenson’s Indian Novel.” Victorian Literature and Culture, 38:2 (2010): 373-385.

Parsons, C. “The Archive in Ruins: James Clarence Mangan and Colonial Cartography.” Forthcoming in Interventions: The International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 13:3 (2011): 464-482  (Forthcoming August 2011)

Parsons, C. “Scaling the Gifberge: Cartography and Cosmopolitanism in Zoë Wicomb’s You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town.Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, 23:2 (2011): 110-119 (Forthcoming September 2011)
Book Chapter
Parsons, C. “The Beginnings of Literary Education in Ireland and India.” In Ireland-India: Colonies, Culture and Empire, edited by Tadhg Foley and Maureen O’Connor. Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006: 26-36

Conference Proceedings
Parsons, C. “Mapmaking and the Everyday: evidence from an Irish archive.” Proceedings of the John Douglas Taylor Conference (Archive and Everyday Life), McMaster University, Hamilton ON, May 2010

Theatre Review (review essay)
Parsons, C. Waiting for Godot, at the Little Theatre and Fugard Theatre, Cape Town. Theatre Journal, 63:2 (2011): 257-260

Book Reviews
Parsons, C. The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story by Angela Bourke. Literature and Medicine. 21:2 (2002): 317-319

Parsons, C. Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Guide to Recent Research edited by Laurence M. Geary and Margaret Kelleher. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 31:2 (2005): 77-78

Parsons, C. Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1899 – 1939 edited by Richard Begam and Michael Valdez Moses. The Review of English Studies. 59:241 (2008): 647-648

Parsons, C. The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form, by Peter Hitchcock. Reviews in Cultural Theory 2:1 (2011): 33-37.

Parsons, C. Ciaran Carson: Space, Place, Writing, by Neal Alexander. The Review of English Studies, 62:255 (2011): 501-503

Parsons, C. Science and Technology in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, edited by Juliana Adelman and Éadaoin Agnew. Forthcoming in Irish University Review 41:2 (2011)

Parsons, C. Irish Elegies, by Chris Arthur. Forthcoming in Études Irlandaises (2011)

Encyclopaedia Entries
Parsons, C. “Colonialism and Imperialism.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, Vol. 1: Literary Theory from 1900-1966, ed. Gregory Castle. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2010: 118-124

Parsons, C. “Irish Literature.” World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book, 2009: 430-433