Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Richard Alan Barlow

Associate Professor, School of Humanities

Assoc Prof Richard Alan Barlow

Dr Barlow received his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. He is now an assistant professor at NTU where he teaches courses on James Joyce, Modernism, Irish Literature, and Scottish Literature. He has had articles published in journals such as James Joyce Quarterly, Philosophy and Literature, and The Irish Times. He has a further article forthcoming in Irish Studies Review. He contributed a chapter to the book Scotland and the Easter Rising (2016) and has also contributed a chapter to the forthcoming edited volume Flann O'Brien: Acting Out. Dr Barlow has been an invited speaker at the Trieste Joyce School and the Vienna Irish Studies & Cultural Theory Summer School. He has been invited to speak at the Oxford Irish Seminar in June 2018. His monograph, The Celtic Unconscious: Joyce and Scottish Culture, was published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2017. The Celtic Unconscious was described as containing "fascinating insights" and being "immensely readable" in The Times Literary Supplement. The book has received further positive reviews in the Irish Studies Review, Études Irlandaises, James Joyce Broadsheet, and the Scottish Literary Review. Dr Barlow is a board member for Joyce Studies in Italy and an editor for the Liverpool Postgraduate Journal of Irish Studies. He is currently working on a 'Tier 1' funded Digital Humanities project relating to Joyce's Finnegans Wake and has been interviewed by James Joyce Quarterly for their 'Clever, Very' series on the subject of this project.
Research Interests
James Joyce
Irish Studies
Scottish Literature and Philosophy
Digital Humanities
Current Projects
  • Mapping Finnegans Wake scholarship: Creating an online research platform linking the full text of Finnegans Wake text to existing analysis
Selected Publications
  • Barlow, Richard. (2017). The Celtic Unconscious: Joyce and Scottish Culture. University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Richard Barlow. (2017). “Northern Ire” and “invertedness”: Macbeth, the Wake, and the North. Joyce Studies in Italy, (15).
  • Richard Barlow.(2016). 'The Shirt that was on Connolly': Sorley MacLean and the Easter Rising. In Willy Maley / Kirsty Lusk(Ed), Scotland and the Easter Rising.Edinburgh: Luath.
  • Richard Barlow. (2014). “‘Hume sweet Hume’: Scepticism, Idealism, and burial in Finnegans Wake”. Philosophy and Literature, 38(1), 266-275.
  • Richard Barlow. (2012). The “united states of Scotia Picta”: Scottish literature and history in Finnegans Wake. James Joyce Quarterly, 48(2), 305-318.

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