Danine Farquharson


Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator


  • PhD (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • MA (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • BA (University of Alberta)

Contact Information

Research Interests

Irish literature, 20th and 21st Century British literature, energy humanities, literary theory, postcolonial studies

Selected Publications

Edited Books

  • Shadows of the Gunmen: Violence and Culture in Modern Ireland. Cork UP. 2008. Co-editor, Sean Farrell.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • English, Danine and Fiona Polack. “Offshore Rig.” Fueling Culture: Politics, History, Energy, edited by Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger, Fordham University Press, 2017, pp. 252-255.
  • “Love/Hate: A “Lethal Cocktail” for Post-Celtic Tiger Consumption.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, vol. 38, no.1/2, 2012/2013, pp. 138-156.
  • “The Anxiety of Influence in Roddy Doyle’s Fiction.” A Companion to Irish Literature, edited by Julia Wright, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp. 410-425.
  • “Violence and Ontological Doubt in ‘The Stoat.’” Journal of the Short Story in English, Special Issue on John McGahern. Guest Ed. Claude Maisonnat., vol. 53, Autumn 2009, pp. 145-163.
  • “Pity vs. Fear: Performing Violence in Aeschylus’s Oresteia and Contemporary Irish Drama.” Performing Violence in Contemporary Ireland, edited by Lisa Fitzpatrick. Carysfort Press, 2009, pp. 9-31.
  • “Sexing the Rising: Men, Sex, Violence and Easter 1916.” Shadows of the Gunmen: Violence and Culture in Modern Ireland, edited by Danine Farquharson and Sean Farrell, Cork UP, 2008, pp. 63-78.

Conference Papers and Invited Talks

  • “Energy Transition Sites and Subjectivities.” Petrocultures 2018: Transitions, 2018, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • State of the Arts FaceBook Live Video. Interview with Lisa Moore, 2018 www.facebook.com/MemorialFacultyHumanitiesSocialSciences/videos/1650265088365464/
  • Petrocultures. Nexus Centre podcast with Fiona Polack, 2017 https://www.hss.mun.ca/nexus/podcasts
  • Keynote Lecture, “Energy Humanities and Irish Studies.” Canadian Association for Irish Studies Annual Conference, 2017, Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • “The Lure of the Sublime.” SSHORE Memorial-Dalhousie collaborative workshop, 2017, Halifax, Canada.
  • “The Oceanic Sublime.” Sixth Annual “Cultures of Energy” Research Symposium, April 2016, Houston, USA.
  • “Revaluing the Graduate Experience.” Canadian Association for Graduate Schools Co-presenter, Susan Drodge, 2016, Toronto, Canada.
  • “We Need to Talk About Oil.” Co-author, Fiona Polack. Memorial Gazette Op-Ed. 26 August 2016, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • “How to Put Oil Onstage: Donald O’Kelly’s Little Thing, Big Thing.” Canadian Association for Irish Studies, 2016, Banff, Canada.
  • “The Offshore Sublime.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English Annual Conference, 2015, Ottawa, Canada.
  • “Non-Stop Flights: Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic.” Latitudes: Irish Studies in an International Context, 2014.University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • “Performing Scotland on the Edge: Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves.” On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions, and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies, 2013, Vancouver, Canada.

Other Professional Activities

  • Conference co-organizer (with Dr. Fiona Polack, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada). Petrocultures 2016: The Offshore international conference.


  • Nominated for School of Graduate Studies, Dean’s Award for Service Excellence, 2015-16.

Regularly Taught Courses


  • English 1080: Critical Reading and Writing I
  • English 3175: Irish Literature
  • English 2212: The Twentieth-Century British Novel


  • English 7003: Trends in Contemporary Theory II
  • Irish Literature

Honours And Graduate Supervision

Irish literature, 20th and 21st Century British literature, energy humanities, literary theory, postcolonial studies


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