Coilin Parsons

To make an appointment for Office Hours in Spring 2022, please use this link.I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Global Irish Studies Initiative.

Coilin Parsons

To make an appointment for Office Hours in Spring 2022, please use this link.


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Global Irish Studies Initiative. My research interests include Irish literature, global modernisms, space and scale, and postcolonial literature and theory. My first book, The Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature (Oxford UP, 2016) was awarded the American Conference for Irish Studies Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature and the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association Prize for a First Book.


An edited volume, Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa (co-edited with Imraan Coovadia and Alexandra Dodd), was published by the University of Cape Town Press in 2015, and another edited volume, Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism (co-edited with Kathryn Conrad and Julie McCormick Weng), was published by Syracuse University Press in 2019. I have also co-edited (with Agata Szczeszak-Brewer) a special issue of the journal Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies called "South Africa and Ireland: New Geographies of Comparison." For a full listing of publications see the publications tab in the sidebar on the left or in the drop-down menu above.


I have a number of new projects underway, including:

  • a second monograph project, "Telescopic Modernism: The Novel and the Planet," which looks at how modernist writers from the anglophone world engage with the discourse and insights of astronomy in their attempts to figure the planet.
  • an edited volume, under contract with Cambridge University Press, on Irish literature in transnational and global perspective. Part of a series on new directions in Irish literary studies, edited by Rónán McDonald (University of Melbourne).


Before coming to Georgetown in 2012 I taught at the University of Cape Town and at Columbia University.