School of English and Drama

Dr Rhiannon Moss

Lecturer in Modern Irish Writing



I grew up in Sheffield and, having completed my first degree in English at Cambridge, I came to Queen Mary to study an MA in modern literature. I stayed at Queen Mary for my PhD, which focused on three Irish writers, Samuel Beckett, Thomas MacGreevy and Seán O’Faoláin, positioning their writing in the national and international cultural debates of the 1930s. After lecturing in twentieth century literature at Queen Mary and at the University of Leeds, I re-joined Queen Mary as lecturer in Modern Irish Writing in 2015.


In the 2015-16 academic year, I am teaching on the undergraduate modules:

Undergraduate Teaching

I have taught on:

  • ESH124: Poetry
  • ESH330: Virginia Woolf
  • ESH344: British Culture in the 1950s
  • ESH367: Writing the Troubles
  • ESH368: Modern Irish Writing


Research Interests:

  • Twentieth century Irish writing
  • Modernism
  • Politics of literary form

Recent and On-Going Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of modernism and Irish Studies. I specialise in Irish writing in the decades after independence, with particular interests in transnationalism and the politics of literary aesthetics. My monograph Ireland, Modernism, Transnationalism: Border Crossings of the 1930s, is currently being prepared for publication. My new research project investigates connections between literature and other media, including cinema and radio, among Irish writers working in Ireland, Britain and continental Europe from the 1930s to 1960s.


  • Ireland, Modernism, Transnationalism: Border Crossings of the 1930s (forthcoming)
  • ‘“Not Ireland To-Day, but Ireland To-Morrow!” Seán O’Faoláin before The Bell’ (forthcoming)
  • ‘Live on the Radio: Absence and Presence in the Radio Plays of Samuel Beckett and Denis Johnston’ (forthcoming)
  • ‘Thomas MacGreevy, T.S. Eliot and Catholic Modernism in Ireland’ in Edwina Keown and Carol Taafe (eds), Irish Modernism: Origins, Contexts, Publics (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010)
  • ‘Thomas MacGreevy’ in Brian O’Shea and Sean Donlon, The Paris of Joyce and Beckett (London: London Irish Literary Travel, 2007)


I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.