Liam Lanigan

Dr. Liam Lanigan was the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. 


Previously an assistant lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and an adjunct lecturer at University College Dublin, Lanigan earned a Ph.D. from University College Dublin and a master’s degree in Irish Writing from National University Ireland Maynooth.  His dissertation, “‘An Engineer at Work’? Reading James Joyce in the Context of Urban Planning,” examines  the politics of space and cityscapes in Joyce’s texts and the influence of key developments in modern city planning on his writings.

Lanigan’s research interests include Irish modernism, the city in literature and culture, the contemporary Irish novel, urban theory, and the work of James Joyce.  He is the author of James Joyce, Urban Planning and Irish Modernism: Dublins of the Future (London: Palgrave, 2014).

Lanigan will use his time as a fellow to work on a book-length project examining how the contemporary Irish novel has engaged with the profound changes in Dublin’s planning and development during the last 30 years.  Analysing the narrative strategies that Irish writers have developed in response to the challenges of globalization, particularly as it has impacted the topographical, economic, and cultural fabric of the city, his objective will be to show how these texts mediate the tensions between global and local pressures in the city’s development.

Lanigan is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a postdoctoral fellowship from the Irish Research Council (2013-2014), a Short-Term Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Keough-Naughton Institute at the University of Notre Dame (2014), and a Visiting Fellowship from the Zurich James Joyce Foundation (2008).