Claire Lynch studied at the University of Kent and took her doctorate at the University of Oxford. She is a Lecturer in English, specialising in autobiography and contemporary British and Irish literature.
She is a member of the International Association of Studies in Irish Literatures (IASIL) and a council member and web editor for the British Association of Irish Studies (BAIS). Claire is on the board of the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDAA) and founding co-Editor and now Advisory Board Member of H-Memory, the international discussion and review resource.
Claire is the Co-ordinator for the English Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme at Brunel (PALS) and Editor of the School of Arts Touchpoint Newsletter.
Research and Teaching
Research OverviewClaire Lynch' s research examines the way people write about their own lives, from traditional novels and autobiographies, to contemporary blogs and websites. Focusing on British and Irish authors from the turn of the last century onwards, she is particularly interested in the literature of the working class and representations of childhood and youth.
With a keen interest in using and developing learning technologies, Claire is currently developing online resources and ‘pencasts’ to support her teaching.
She teaches across all levels within the school including modules EN1013: Approaches to Poetry and Prose, EN1015: Thinking About Literature and EN2014: Modernism. She is module leader for EN3604: Writing Ireland and supervises several final year projects. At postgraduate level Claire teaches on the MA in English Literature and the MA Contemporary Literature and Culture, focussing on contemporary Irish ‘terrorist’ and emigration literature and British and Irish confessional and ‘trauma’ narratives.
Claire also has a key role in the teaching of research and study skills for arts students. She is module leader for AH1021: Academic Practice the compulsory module for all School of Arts Undergraduates and leads the advanced research skills module on the English MA programmes.
She is currently supervising PhD students working on embodied autobiography in performance and representations of white working class males. She would be happy to hear from prospective PhD students who share her research interests.
More about Claire
Selected publications in the field of Irish life writing and fiction include Claire’s first book, Irish Autobiography: Stories of Self in the Narrative of a Nation (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009) and the forthcoming chapters “Borstal Boys and Cockney Chinas” Irish Writing London, Tom Herron ed. (London: Continuum, 2012) and “'Educate that you may be free': Childhood Reading in Irish Memoir.” Maria Luddy and Jim Smith eds., Irish Childhood (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).
As lead researcher at Brunel on the project to digitise the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography, Claire is on the steering group for the Online Archive of Working Class Writing which aims to bring unpublished manuscripts and enhanced metadata to a new audience.
Publications in this field include:
§ “Trans-genre confusion: What does autobiography think it is?” Bradford, R.W. ed., Life-Writing (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
§ “The Meaning of Hard Work in the Burnett Archive” a/b: Journal of Auto/Biography eds., Claire Brant and Max Saunders, 2011.
Claire is currently working on two new books, a co-authored study of the cultural phenomenon Who Do You Think You Are? with Prof. Peter Lunt, Leicester University and a monograph on the impact of cyber culture in Ireland forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
(2011) Lynch, C., Who do you think you are? Intimate pasts made public, Biography - An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 34 (1) : 108- 118 Download publication
(2010) Lynch, C., "Unlike actors, politicians or eminent military men”: The meaning of hard work in working class autobiography, AutoBiography Studies 25 (2) : 186- 202 Download publication
(2007) Lynch, C., If you’re not Irish stop calling yourself Irish’: Self-expression and Cyber Irishness in virtual communities, Études irlandaises 32 (2) : 83- 97
(2009) Lynch, C., Teenage clicks: Irish teenagers and online textual identities, Changes in Contemporary Ireland: Texts and Contexts
(2013) Lynch, C., “Critical Humanist Thoughts on the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography – ‘Nobody Wages War with Dostoevsky or Dickens’. In: The Documents of Life Revisited. London : Sage
(2013) Lynch, C., “Educate that you might be free”: Childhood Reading in Irish Literary Autobiography. In: Smith, J. and Luddy, M. eds. Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1700-2010. Chicago : University of Notre Dame Press (Forthcoming)
(2012) Lynch, C., Borstal Boys and Cockney Chinas. In: Herron, T. ed. Irish Writing London: Volume 2 Post-War to the Present. London : Continuum (Volume 2: Post-War to the Present) : 19- 32
(2009) Lynch, C., Trans-genre Confusion: What does autobiography think it is?. In: Bradford, R. ed. Life Writing. Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan 209- 218
(2013) Lynch, C., Cyber Ireland: Text, Image, Culture. Palgrave Macmillan
(2009) Lynch, C., Irish autobiography: Stories of Self in the Narrative of a Nation. Peter Lang