English Department
Claire Bracken, professor of English

Claire Bracken

Job Title
Professor of English
Karp Hall 106

Research interests

Irish literature and film; gender and sexuality in Irish writing; Irish women’s writing; analyses of contemporary Irish culture; feminist theory; poststructuralist philosophy; theories of embodiment and Gilles Deleuze.


Bracken’s publications focus on Irish culture, postfeminism, feminist criticism, and women’s writing.


Irish Feminist Futures. London: Routledge, 2016. Part of the Transformations Series.

Edited Publications

Bracken, Claire and Tara Harney-Mahajan. Eds. Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland and Contemporary Women’s Writing Feminist Interventions and Imaginings. London: Routledge, 2021.

Bracken, Claire and Emma Radley. Eds. Viewpoints: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts. Cork: Cork University Press, 2013.

Bracken, Claire and Susan Cahill. Eds. Anne Enright. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011.

Journal Articles

“Vanishing Presences: Women and Violence in ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen.” International Yeats Studies, 4.1. (2020).

“A Continuum of Irish Women’s Writing: Reflections on the Post-Tiger Era.” Co-written with Tara Harney-Mahajan. LIT 28.1 (2017): 1-12.

“A Continuum of Irish Women’s Writing II: Reflections on the Post-Tiger Era.” Co-written with Tara Harney-Mahajan. LIT 28.2 (2017): 97-114.

“Psychoanalysis in Irish Studies: An Interview with Claire Bracken.” Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies. Special Issue: Ireland in Psychoanalysis. (2017) https://breac.nd.edu/articles/psychoanalysis-in-irish-studies-an-interview-with-claire-bracken/

“Nomadic Ethics: Gender and Class in Catherine Walsh’s City West.Irish University Review. 46.1 (2016): 75-88.

“Grounded Futurity: On Lisa Baraitser’s Maternal Encounters. Studies in Gender and Sexuality” 13.2 (2012): 80-84.

“Queer Intersections and Nomadic Routes: Anne Enright’s The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch”. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 36.1 (2010). 109-127.

Book Chapters

“The Feminist Contemporary: The Contradictions of Critique.” The New Irish Studies. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

"Gender and Irish Studies: 2008 to the present." The Routledge Handbook of Irish Studies. Routledge, 2020.

“Post-Feminism and the Celtic Tiger: Deirdre O’Kane’s Television Roles ”. Viewpoints: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts. Eds. Claire Bracken and Emma Radley. Cork: Cork University Press, 2013. 157-171.

“Introduction”. Co-written with Emma Radley. Viewpoints. 1-10.

“An Irish Feminist GenX Aesthetic: Televisual Memories in Anne Enright’s The Wig My Father Wore.” Generation X Goes Global. ed. Christine Henseler. New York: Routledge, 2013. 159-178.

“Anne Enright’s Machines: Technology and Selfhood in Contemporary Ireland.” Anne Enright. Eds. Claire Bracken and Susan Cahill. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011. 185-204.

“Interview with Anne Enright”. With Susan Cahill. Anne Enright. 13-32.

“Introduction”. Co-written with Susan Cahill. Anne Enright. 1-12.

“Becoming-Mother-Machine: The Event of Field Day Vols IV & V.” Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives. Eds. Patricia Coughlan and Tina O’Toole. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2008. 223-244.

“The Love Affairs of the Irish Feminist Critic.” Facing the Other: Interdisciplinary Studies on Race, Gender and Social Justice in Ireland. Eds. Borbála Faragó and Moynagh Sullivan. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 204-219.

“Putting a Mirror up to Irishness: Hollywood Hardmen and Witty Women.” Co-written with Emma Radley. Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture. Eds. Wanda Balzano, Anne Mulhall, Moynagh Sullivan. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 157-168.

“‘Each nebulous atom inbetween’ – Reading Liminality: Irish Studies, Postmodern Feminism and the Poetry of Catherine Walsh.” New Voices in Irish Criticism 5. Eds. Ruth Connolly & Ann Coughlan. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 97-109.

Additional media

Academic credentials

B.A., University College Dublin; M.A., University College Cork; Ph.D., University College Dublin