James Joyce, literary modernism, Catholic church history, religion and literature, anticlerical fiction, literary recoveries, modern manuscript studies, genetic criticism, textual scholarship
Currently my research primarily concerns early twentieth century literary culture in Britain and Ireland, connections between religion, politics and literature, and links between literary and… read more
CHRISSIE VAN MIERLO, 2016. James Joyce, 2014. In: Year's Work in English Studies 95 Oxford University Press. 39-45 (In Press.)
CHRISSIE VAN MIERLO, 2015. 'Greedo!': Joyce, John MacHale, and the First Vatican Council from ‘Grace’ to Finnegans Wake Dublin James Joyce Journal: Special Issue on Finnegans Wake. 8, (In Press.)
CHRISSIE VAN MIERLO, 2015. James Joyce, 2013. In: Year's Work in English Studies 94 Oxford University Press. 30-38
Currently my research primarily concerns early twentieth century literary culture in Britain and Ireland, connections between religion, politics and literature, and links between literary and theological modernism. My interest in texts and contexts is complemented by genetic research, and work in the area of modern manuscript studies. This extends to figures both inside and outside the canon, particularly James Joyce and the little-known Irish novelist, and former priest, Gerald O'Donovan (1871-1942). I am the author of James Joyce and Catholicism: The Apostate's Wake, forthcoming from Bloomsbury press in 2016. Additionally, Joycean interests have taken me in numerous directions, including a study of Joyce and Sir Thomas Malory, and a collaboration with Dr Sarah Davison on the project Intertextual Joyce, which examines the composition history of the "Oxen of the Sun" episode of Ulysses.
My doctoral thesis (completed at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013) was entitled 'The Apostate's Wake: Cultures of Irish Catholicism in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake'. As its title suggests, this project highlighted Joyce's critique of the Church. It drew upon extensive archival research in order to interrogate the particular social, political and Church historical conditions that underpin the radical dismantling of Irish Catholic society that is accomplished in the Wake.
My interests extend to the field of literary recoveries, and I am working towards a study of anticlerical fiction in the era of modernism that will cover both canonical and marginal works.