Bridget English’s research interests lie in Irish literature and culture, theories of the novel, modernism, and the medical humanities. Her monograph Laying Out the Bones: Death and Dying in the Modern Irish Novel (Syracuse U.P. 2017), examines the ways that Irish wake and funeral rituals shape novelistic discourse, arguing that the treatment of death in Irish novels offers a way of making sense of mortality and provides insight into Ireland’s cultural and historical experience of death.
Dr. English earned her PhD from Maynooth University in Ireland. She has taught a wide range of courses including First-Year Writing, Feminism, Postmodern Literature, Twentieth-Century Irish Literature, and Literary Theory. In addition to teaching at UIC, she also co-convenes the Irish Studies Scholarly Seminar at the Newberry Library.
Her writing has also appeared in The Dublin Review of Books, The Irish Times, The Irish Studies Review and the Irish Literary Supplement and she has contributed chapters to several edited collections. She is currently working on a second book project titled Self-Destructive Modernisms: Suicide, Medicine, and Failure in the Modernist Novel.