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Forthcoming Issues

Brendan Behan

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Behan’s death, this issue offers new perspectives on the achievements and legacies of this controversial writer.

Irish Drama

Guest edited by Cathy Leeney, this issue gathers new work on the relationship between text and performance in modern Irish drama.

Irish Poetic Modernism




The Irish University Review is a leading international academic journal of record for Irish literary and cultural studies.

Since its launch in 1970, the Irish University Review has sought to foster and publish the best scholarly research and critical debate in Irish literary and cultural studies. The first issue contained contributions by Austin Clarke, John Montague, Sean O'Faolain, and Conor Cruise O'Brien, among others. Today, the journal publishes the best literary and cultural criticism by established and emerging scholars in Irish Studies. It is published twice annually, in the Spring and Autumn of each year. The journal is based in University College Dublin, where it was founded in 1970 by Professor Maurice Harmon, who edited the journal from 1970 to 1987. It has subsequently been edited by Professor Christopher Murray (1987-1997), Professor Anthony Roche (1997-2002), and Professor Anne Fogarty (2002-2009). It is supported by an international editorial board and editorial advisory board, and draws its authors, subscribers and readers from all around the world. Since 2012, it has been published by leading academic publisher, Edinburgh University Press.


Queering the Issue

Guest edited by Anne Mulhall, Eibhear Walshe, Sarah McKibben, and Sean Kennedy


The latest special issue of the Irish University Review publishes new work by established and emerging scholars on gender and sexuality in Irish culture. The issue was launched on 12th June 2013. Click here to see the table of contents, and to read the featured essay from the journal.

International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures

The Irish University Review is the affiliated journal of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL). Subscription to the journal is a benefit of IASIL membership. For details of how to become a member of the most important global organisation of scholars in the field of Irish Studies, visit the IASIL website by clicking here.


In 2013, the annual conference of the association will be held in Belfast, 22-26 July. For details, see the conference website by clicking here.