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Chris Morash

Chris Morash

Head, School of English, Media and Theatre Studies

NUI Maynooth

Ph.D. M.Phil. B.A. (Hon)
DRI Role

Demonstrator Project : Media Envelope

Research Interests
Irish theatre; Irish media history; the Irish Famine; Irish cultural history



Chris Morash is Professor of English, and Head of English, and Head of School of English, Media and Theatre Studies 2007-2012. He was Director of Media Studies 2003-2007  (on sabbatical, 2012-13)

His publications reflect a range of research interests focusing primarily on Irish theatre history, Irish media history, and the Irish Famine – interests sometimes pursued independently, and which sometimes converge.  His books include A History of the Media in Ireland (Cambridge, 2009), A History of the Irish Theatre, 1601-2000 (Cambridge, 2002) and Writing the Irish Famine (Oxford, 1995).  He is currently working on a book dealing with theories of space in relation to theatre.   He Chairs the Compliance Committee of the BAI, and in 2007 was elected to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy.

Selected Publications

(a) Books: Monographs

A History of the Media in Ireland.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xvii+244 pp.

A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. xx+322 pp. 

Writing the Irish Famine.  Oxford: Clarendon, 1995.  213pp.

 (b) Books: Edited Volumes

Teresa Deevy Reclaimed:  Volume One ,  Ed. Jonathan Bank, John P. Harrington, and Chris Morash.  New York: Mint Theater, 2011.

The Hungry Voice: Poetry of the Irish Famine.  Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009. [New edition]; originally published 1989. 299pp.

Shifting Scenes: Irish Theatre-Going 1955-1985.  John Devitt.  Ed. Chris Morash and Nicholas Grene.  Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2008.  108 pp.

Irish Theatre on Tour.  Irish Theatre Diaspora Series 1  [Ed. and Intr., with Nicholas Grene] Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2005.  xix  + 229 pp.

Fearful Realities: New Perspectives on the Irish Famine.  [with Hayes, R., (eds.)]  Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1996.  180pp.

Creativity and Its Contexts.  [Ed.]  Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1995.  83 pp.