I completed my BA and MA at the National University of Ireland, Cork, and was awarded my PhD by Durham University, UK. My doctoral thesis presents a theory of structural irony gleaned from the texts of thinkers operating on the border of the (non)propositional: Plato, Friedrich Schlegel, Maurice Blanchot, Paul de Man, Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. I followed this theoretical work with a monograph, Assembling Flann O’Brien, which explores O’Brien’s innovative and experimental work by offering new theoretical perspectives on his published and unpublished works.
My primary areas of research are currently literary theory and twentieth century literature. Current collaborative research projects I am engaged with include ‘Oceanic Modernism’ and ‘Narratives of Global Warming’. The former argues that much of Oceania’s literary output of the late Twentieth Century can be classified as a form of Modernism, one which stems from a singular experience of Modernity in relation to colonialism and indentured labourers, ports and plantations. The latter explores discourses of climate change that take place within Fijian villages, looking at individual and community narratives of sea-level rise and forced migration.
Research and Supervision Interests
Continental Philosophy and Literary Theory, particularly Jacques Derrida.
Modern and Contemporary British, Irish and Oceanic Fiction.
Feminism and Gender Studies.
I have supervised theses on these and related areas, and welcome applications from interested postgraduate students.
Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy [HEA], UK
The International Association for the Study of Irish Literature [IASIL]
Australasian Modernist Studies Network [AMSN]
Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository
Long, Maebh. ‘Absolute Nonabsolute Singularity: Jacques Derrida, Myles na gCopaleen and Fragmentation’ in Singularity and Transnational Poetics, ed. Birgit Mara Kaiser (London: Routledge, 2015), 95-114.
Long, Maebh. ‘Derrida and the Autobiothanatoheterographical’, Jacques Derrida: Key Concepts, ed. Claire Colebrook (London: Routledge, 2015), 10-18.
Long, Maebh. ‘“The Powerful Marvel of Irony”: Derrida and the Structures of Irony’ in Parallax 20.1 (January 2014): 82-97.
Long, Maebh. ‘An Béal Bocht, Translation and the Proper Name’, Flann O’Brien and Modernism, ed. Rónán McDonald and Julian Murphet (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), 77-92.
Long, Maebh. ‘The Trial of Jams O’Donnell: An Béal Bocht and the Force of Law’, Flann O’Brien: Contesting Legacies, ed. Paul Fagan and Ruben Borg (Cork: Cork University Press, 2014), 181-194.
Long, Maebh. ‘Surviving the Event of Death’ in Double Dialogues 16 (Spring, 2013).
Long, Maebh. ‘Derrida Interviewing Derrida: Autoimmunity and the Laws of the Interview’ in Australian Humanities Review 54 (May 2013).
Long, Maebh. ‘The Inhuman Semiotics of a Disappearing Future: Climate Change and Family Feuds’. Review Essay of Tom Cohen, Claire Colebrook and J. Hillis Miller, Theory and the Disappearing Future: On de Man, on Benjamin (Oxon, Routledge, 2012) in Oxford Literary Review 34.2 (2012): 315-325.
Long, Maebh. ‘The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: The “to come” of the Humanities’ in World Picture 5 (Spring 2011).
Long, Maebh. ‘Stepping Away: Radical Digressivity and At Swim-Two-Birds’ in Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digressions, ed. Rhian Atkin (Oxford: Legenda, 2011), 82-98.
Long, Maebh. ‘A Step Askew: Ironic Parabasis in Blanchot’ in Blanchot Romantique, ed. John McKeane and Hannes Opelz (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010), 233-244.
Long, Maebh. ‘Introduction’, The Parish Review 2.1 (2013).
Long, Maebh. ‘Twenty-Three Archival Aphorisms’, The Parish Review 1.2 (2013).
Oceanic Modernism Co-Investigators: Prof. Sudesh Mishra, Dr Maebh Long, Dr Matthew Hayward
This project argues that much of Oceania’s literary output of the late Twentieth Century can be classified as a form of Modernism, one which stems from a singular experience of Modernity in relation to colonialism, plantations, settlers, forced labour, formal education, technology, urbanisation, and port cities. The modernist attributes we detect in the works of Albert Wendt or Subramani, Pio Manoa or Epeli Hau’ofa, Satendra Nandan or Vanessa Griffen derive from the material and temporal difference in their experience of modernity. These writers are transnational modernists, but not quite in the mould of their antecedents in Europe or North America.
Narratives of Global Warming Co-Investigators: Prof. Sudesh Mishra, Dr Maebh Long, Dr Matthew Hayward, Thomas White
This project explores discourses of climate change that take place within Fijian villages, looking at individual and community narratives of sea-level rise and forced migration in casual discourse, poetry, songs, plays and stories. This research brings the skills associated with literary and theoretical analysis to the discourses held by those immediately affected by environmental change, and looks at the ways they describe the situations to themselves, assessing the incorporation of received attitudes and vocabularies, the links made to older myths and historical situations, and glosses imposed by religious, gender or ethical perspectives.