Ailbhe Darcy

Englisches Seminar
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Johannisstr. 12-20
D-48143 Münster

Ailbhe Darcy has a PhD in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation "Lyric Strategies for a Secular Republic: Poetry in the New Ireland" explores how poetry responds to the changing status of Catholicism in contemporary Ireland. Her research interests include contemporary English-language poetry, religion, lyric theory, transnational poetics, creative writing and poetry in performance.  
Ailbhe's first collection of poetry, Imaginary Menagerie, was shortlisted for a Strong Award in 2011. She is the holder of an Irish Arts Council Literature Bursary and writes reviews of new poetry for The Dublin Review of Books, The Stinging Fly and The Critical Flame.



Imaginary Menagerie. Northumberland: Bloodaxe, 2011.
"Dorothy Molloy - Dual Citizenship: Irish Poetry in the Kingdom of the Sick." Irish Poetry / After Ireland. North Carolina: Wake Forest UP, March 2017, forthcoming.
"Dorothy Molloy’s Gurlesque Poetics." Electric Gurlesque, eds. Becca Klaver, Lara Glenum and Arielle Greenberg. Ardmore, PA: Saturnalia Books, 2016, forthcoming.
"Dorothy Molloy’s Gurlesque Poetics." Contemporary Women’s Writing 8.3, November 2014.  
"Hospitable Forms: Post-Secular Thought in New-Century Poetics." [ed., with Romana Huk] Special forum with an introduction by the editors. Religion and Literature 45.3, Autumn 2013. 
Poetry in Anthologies:
"He Tells Me I Have A Peculiar Relationship With My City." If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, ed. Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth. (Dedalus Press, 2014.) 
Six Poems. Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century, ed. James Byrne and Clare Pollard.( Bloodaxe, 2010.)
Four Poems. Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets, ed. Roddy Lumsden. (Bloodaxe, 2010.) 
Conference Presentations: 
"After Mahon: Anxious Formalism in Irish Poetry" (IASIL; Cork 2016; forthcoming) 
"A Tale of Three Cities: Peter Sirr, Roy Fisher and Guillaume Apollinaire" (American Conference for Irish Studies; Dublin 2014) 
"Little Mechanical Songs: Yeatsian Refrains in Muldoon and Molloy" (American Conference for Irish Studies; Chicago 2013) 
"The Social Function of Contemporary Lyric: Yeats’s ‘Prayer for my Daughter'’’ (British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference; Manchester 2013) 
"Le Saint Prépuce: Devotional Objects in Molloy and Ní Chuilleanáin"  (American Conference for Irish Studies; New Orleans 2012) 
"Send her a Dildo from France: Dorothy Molloy and the New Grrly Poetics" (Hybrid Irelands Conference; Notre Dame 2012) 
"Yeats’ Purgatory and Trauma" (American Conference for Irish Studies; Madison 2011) 
"Reading Medbh McGuckian Transnationally" (IASIL; Leuven 2011)



"The Contemporary British Novel" (SoSe 2016)