Ms Monica Insinga MA, Ph.D. student

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MA, Ph.D. student
University College Dublin, Boston College
School of English, Drama and Film and School of Languages and Literatures
Alternative Fates, Spaces and Identities in the Theatre of Luigi Pirandello and Marina Carr
Short description: 

Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature and Drama, Irish in English and Italian. IRCHSS funded scholar by Irish Government for Thematic Doctorate in "Gender, Culture and Identity".

Visiting Scholar in Boston College (Spring 2010) at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and in collaboration with Centre for Irish Studies.

Guest lecturer for the Dept of Romance Languages - Italian, in Boston College (Spring 2011)


English, Italian, French

Teaching areas: 

English Undergraduates: Literary Genre, Children's Literature, Twentieth Century Drama, Coming of Age Literature

Italian Postgraduates: The Theatre of Luigi Pirandello

'Commedia dell'arte' Drama Workshop

Research areas: 

Comparative Literature, Modern Italian Drama, Early Irish Theatre Movement, Contemporary Irish Drama. Gender and Women's Studies, Gender Theory (Feminist in particular), Irish Women Writers. European Avant-Garde Theatre.


IASIL: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures 2013 Conference: 'Dreamspace, the City and a New ‘Ice Age’ in Marina Carr’s Marble', Queen's University Belfast, 22-26 July, 2013.

ISTR: Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2011, ‘“A special kind of thread”: Dreamspaces, changelings and death in The Mountain Giants by Pirandello and three plays by Marina Carr’, University of Pécs, Hungary, 29-30 April 2011.

EGS Seminar Series, First Semester 2010, ‘Dream, death and alternative lives in a selection of works by Pirandello and Marina Carr.’ 45-minutes paper for English Graduate Society Seminar Series, University College Dublin, 7 December 2010.

Comparative Literature Association of Ireland, Third Annual Graduate Symposium, ‘Monsters and Women: Others in Luigi Pirandello’s U’ Ciclopu and Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats...’, University of Limerick, 26-27 November 2010.

Pirandello Studies Conference, ‘Narratives of Others in Luigi Pirandello’s U’ Ciclopu and Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats...’, University College London, 7 October 2010.

IASIL 2010 Conference, 26-30 July 2010, NUI Maynooth: "Marina Carr’s Giant Blue Hand and its Relationship with Classical Children's Literature."

SIS Postgraduate Colloquium, 5 June 2010, Warwick University: speaker for Plenary Session on "Pirandello's Six Characters and Carr's Woman and Scarecrow."

ISTR Symposium, 23-24 April 2010, Trinity College Dublin: "Immortal tales of common life: Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of Six Characters in Search of an Author and Marina Carr's Woman and Scarecrow."

Co-organiser of Postgraduate Conference, 'Sibeal Listens: Fresh Voices and New Directions in Feminist and Gender Research', an interdisciplinary conference on gender and women's studies, 26-27 November 2009.

Society for Pirandello Studies Annual Conference, 17 October 2009, Senate House, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London: "Henry: An Irish-American adaptation of an Italian masterpiece, Pirandello’s Enrico IV."

Co-organiser of Graduate Conference on The European Avant-Garde, an interdisciplinary symposium in UCD, 25-26 September 2009.
ISTR Symposium, 8-9 May 2009, IT Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland: "Absence, freeplay and madness in Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV and Marina Carr's Ullaloo."

De-Marginalising the Marginal Forum. Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, 6 May 2009: "Representations of Female Self-Empowerment and Dystopic Mother-Ireland in Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats…". 

The Love Symposium: Joint Postgraduate Symposium English and Philosophy. Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, 14 February 2009: "Mother-daughter relationship in Luce Irigaray's writings".

ISTR Symposium, 4-5 April 2008, UCD, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland: "Ideas of martyrdom of mediocrity and the double in Marina Carr's Woman and Scarecrow."


1. Selena Daly and Monica Insinga, eds., The European Avant-Garde: Text and Image (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)

2. Monica Insinga, ‘Henry: An Irish-American Adaptation of an Italian Masterpiece, Luigi Pirandello’s Enrico IV [Henry IV]’ Pirandello Studies, 30 (2010), 86-102.

3. Monica Insinga, 'The Maestro's Reach: Contemporary Irish Adaptations of Plays by Luigi Pirandello', in The European Avant-Garde: Text and Image (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), pp. 205-225.

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