Associate Professor in English Language and Literature responsibilities, i.e., lectures; thesis supervision; research; admin; pastoral duties. 

Sep 2017 – Feb 2018: Assistant Lecturer in English, School of Nursing, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal.

Jul 2017 – Aug 2017: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Sintra Linguas, Sintra, Portugal.

Oct 2016 – May 2017: PhD Tutor, The Brilliant Club, Birmingham.

Sep 2014 – Sep 2016: Lecturer in English Literature and Drama, Soran University, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Feb 2014 – Jul 2014: Lecturer in 20th Century British Theatre, The School of Drama, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Oct 2011 – Dec 2013: Associate Lecturer, The School of Drama, Queen’s University, Belfast.

“’The Light of Other Days’: Bardic Songs and the Re-invention of Tradition in Brian Friel’s Wonderful Tennessee (1993)”; submitted to Kritika Culture, Jan. 2021.

“‘Recalled to Life’: Postmodernism in Lennox Robinson’s The Lost Leader (1918)”, Estudios Irlandeses, Issue 14, March 2019-Feb. 2020, pp. 83-95.

‘Hear My Song’: Irish Theatre and Popular Song in the 1950s and 1960s (Peter Lang Publishers, 2018).Theatre Notebook (submitted Apr., 2018).

‘“Why do you always be singin’ that oul song?”: The Subversion of Emigrant Ballads in John B. Keane’s Many Young Men of Twenty (1961).’ Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). 

‘“Gar O’Donnell and the Philadelphia”: Traditional Song and “The Irish Showband” in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964).’ Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, Vol. 2 (Nov., 2013).


2017: TEFL Academy.
TEFL Course (120 hours) with Distinction.

1997 - 1999: City College, Manchester.
HND in Music Technology with 17 Distinctions and 10 Merits.

Over the past 7 years I have successfully supervised a number of masters theses and bachelors dissertations:

MA Theses, 2019-2021 (ongoing)

·       An Analysis of the Art of Crime and Serial Killers in Patrick Suskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (1985) and Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs (1988);

·       Eco-critical Perspectives on: Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (1906); John Steinbeck’s, Grapes of Wrath (1939); Richard Llewellyn’s How Green Was My Valley (1939);

·       “Postmodern” Perspectives and Techniques in Noël Coward’s The Vortex (1924) and Private Lives (1930)”;

·       “Politics, Religion and Nature: The Influence of the English Romantic Poets on the Kurdish Poetry of Abdullah Goran”;

·       A Practical Exploration into the Use of  Poetry to Teach English Language;

·       Postmodernism in Gunter Grass’s, The Flounder (1977).

 

MA Theses, 2018-2019 (completed and passed)

 

·              “An Analysis of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming (1965): A Study in the Mutability of Masculine Constructs”;

·              “The Strength of Female Characters in a Selection of George Bernard Shaw’s Plays: A Modern Kurdish Perspective”.

·              “Methods of Teaching English Literature at High Schools in Iraqi Kurdistan with particular reference to the Koya District”.

  

BA Dissertation Subjects, 2014-2016 (completed and passed)

 

·       William Shakespeare’s Hamlet;

·       John Milton’s Paradise Lost;

·       Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles; 

·       Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield;

·       George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four;

·       Seamus Heaney, various poems;

·       Saki, various short stories;

·       Kurdish songs.


Oct 2011: Larmor-University Scholarship, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Jul 2011: IASIL (The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures), Carvalho Memorial Scholarship.

Sep 2010: Brian Friel Doctoral Scholarship, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Sep 2009: AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme Award, Queen’s University Belfast.

Sep 2009: MA Scholarship in Drama, University of Kent (offered).


‘Hear My Song’: Irish Theatre and Popular Song in the 1950s and 1960s (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017);

‘“Why do you always be singin’ that oul song?”: The Subversion of Emigrant Ballads in John B. Keane’s Many Young Men of Twenty (1961).’ Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). 

Irish Theatre, Renaissance Theatre, Modern British Theatre, Song Studies, Memory Studies, Performance Studies, Cultural Identity

PG Courses:

 

  • Comparative Literature;
  • English Renaissance Literature;
  • English Romantic Poetry;
  • Modern British Theatre;
  • Research Methods in Literary Studies.

 

UG Courses

  • Academic Study Skills and Critical Thinking;
  • Contemporary English Literature;
  • English Literature I;
  • English Literature II;
  • Fiction Interpretation;
  • Introduction to Literature: Prose, Poetry and Drama;
  • Professional Writing: Principles and Practice;
  • Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary I.

FND:

  • Academic Speaking (FND).

Oct 2011: Larmor-University Scholarship, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Jul 2011: IASIL (The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures), Carvalho Memorial Scholarship.

Sep 2010: Brian Friel Doctoral Scholarship, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Sep 2009: AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme Award, Queen’s University Belfast.

Jul 2009: Head of Department Prize, Manchester Metropolitan University.

“’The Light of Other Days’: Bardic Songs and the Re-invention of Tradition in Brian Friel’s Wonderful Tennessee (1993)”; submitted to Kritika Culture, Jan. 2021.

“‘Recalled to Life’: Postmodernism in Lennox Robinson’s The Lost Leader (1918)”, Estudios Irlandeses, Issue 14, March 2019-Feb. 2020, pp. 83-95.

‘Songs in Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964)’  in Theatre Programme.

Sheffield Theatres’ Brian Friel Season, February 2014.
‘Songs in Wonderful Tennessee (1993)’ in Theatre Programme.

‘“Gar O’Donnell and the Philadelphia”: Traditional Song and “The Irish Showband” in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964).’ Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, Vol. 2 (Nov., 2013).Philadelphia, Here I Come!, 50th Anniversary Performance, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, February 2014.


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