Professor Derval Tubridy

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Professor Derval Tubridy


Professor in English Literature and Visual Culture


English and Creative Writing


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Modernism and Irish Studies; textual and visual studies; philosophy; neurodiversity and critical posthumanism.

Derval Tubridy is Professor in Literature and Visual Culture and Chair of the British Association for Irish Studies.

Author of Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems (UCD Press 2001) and Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity (Cambridge University Press, 2018) she has published extensively on Modernism and Irish Studies with a focus on literature, the visual arts, and performance at the intersection between language, materiality and process. Her creative practice includes poetry, printmaking and painting.

A former Dean of the Graduate School she has served on Council and Academic Board, and the management boards of AHRC and ESRC funded DTPs. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Commission, the British Council, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

She is co-convener of the London Beckett Seminar at the Centre for Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths and the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Literature, Trinity College Dublin 1997
  • MPhil Textual and Visual Studies, Trinity College Dublin 1992
  • BA Mod English and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin 1990

Teaching and supervision

My teaching philosophy is inclusive and student-centered, generating a collaborative learning environment where student input, participation, and peer-to-peer learning is central. I convene the MA module ‘Postmodern Fiction’ and contribute to BA modules ‘Approaches to Text’ and ‘Explorations in Literature’, BA option ‘Moderns’, and MA module ‘Modern and Contemporary Literary Movements’.

Research interests

Modernism and Irish Studies. Samuel Beckett and Thomas Kinsella; textual and visual studies including the livre d’artiste, small publishing houses, and the history of the book; the grey canon and digital humanities; literary theory and philosophy including constructions of subjectivity and language; neurodiversity and critical posthuman environments in contemporary art and performance.

Publications and research outputs


Tubridy, Derval. 2018. Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316981221

Tubridy, Derval. 2001. Thomas Kinsella: The Peppercanister Poems. Dublin: University of Dublin Press. ISBN 1900621525, 1900621533

Edited Journal

Tubridy, Derval, ed. 2008. Irish Studies Review: Thomas Kinsella Special Issue, Irish Studies Review, 16(3). 0967-0882

Book Section

Tubridy, Derval. 2024. Terra Incognita: Beckett’s Anthropo(s)cene in Contemporary Art. In: Celine Thobois; Trish McTighe and Nicholas Johnson, eds. Beckett and Ecologies. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Tubridy, Derval. 2024. Disability and Diversity in the Beckettian Body. In: Mark Nixon and Dirk Van Hulle, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Beckett. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tubridy, Derval. 2024. Thomas Kinsella and the Visual Arts. In: Adrienne Leavey, ed. Where Love and Imagination Colour the Dark: Essays on Thomas Kinsella. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest University Press.


Tubridy, Derval. 2024. Toward a Politics of Vocal Expression: Beckett and Video Art. Journal of Beckett Studies, ISSN 0309-5207

Tubridy, Derval. 2018. Theatre and Installation: Perspectives on Beckett. Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(1), pp. 68-81. ISSN 1048-6801

Tubridy, Derval. 2018. Incommensurable Corporealities? Touretteshero's Not I. Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(1), ISSN 1048-6801

Art Object

Tubridy, Derval; Austin, Sandra and Archer, Daan. 2005. Cardiac.

Professional Activity

Tubridy, Derval. 2015. Public Policy Engagement in the Arts and Humanities: Skills and Strategies.


Tubridy, Derval. 2017. Adjacency. In: "Adjacency", no format gallery, Arch 29, Rolt Street, Deptford, London SE8 5JB, United Kingdom, 23 March 2017 - 1 April 2017.

Lesley, Hilling; Ivano, Darra; Walter Graham, Reed and Derval, Tubridy. 2013. The Enigmatic World of Joseph Boshier. In: "The Uncovering of Joseph Boshier", Standpoint Gallery, United Kingdom, 8 November 2013 - 6 December 2013.

Professional projects


Research projects

Intermedial Beckett
Derval Tubridy’s research project Intermedial Beckett explores the complex intersections between literature, performance and the visual arts. It takes inspiration from Samuel Beckett, using his prose,