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Mahony, Christina Hunt 1949-

Mahony, Christina Hunt 1949-


Born January 10, 1949; married, 1973; children: one. Education: Marquette University, B.A., 1970; University College of Dublin, National University of Ireland, M.A., 1971; Ph.D., 1988.


Office—English Department, Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington DC 20064. E-mail—[email protected]


Educator, and writer. Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, lecturer and acting director of the Center for Irish Studies.


Modern Language Association, International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, Nineteenth Century Ireland Society.


Contemporary Irish Literature: Transforming Tradition, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1998.

(Editor) Out of History: Essays on the Writings of Sebastian Barry, Catholic University of America Press (Washington DC), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Troubled Histories, Troubled Fictions: Twentieth-Century Anglo-Irish Prose, edited by Theo D'Haen and José Lanters, Rodopi, 1995; and The Literature of Politics, the Politics of Literature, Rodopi (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1995. Contributor to periodicals, including the Comparist.


Christina Hunt Mahony is an educator whose primary interests include Anglo-Irish poetry and drama and Victorian and modern literature. She is the author of studies on W.B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, and Irish women novelists. In her book Contemporary Irish Literature: Transforming Tradition, Mahony writes of contemporary Irish writers who are living and working in the genres of poetry, the stage, or fiction. In addition to providing brief biographies of the writers, the author examines their most important works. In her introduction, Mahony provides a history of Irish writing and discusses how the various modern authors are contributing to a revival of Irish literature. She also examines writers from troubled Northern Ireland, female writers, and innovative Irish plays and other works for the stage. Shelly Cox, writing in the Library Journal, commented that the author provides a wealth of information within the confines of her brief format, adding that Mahony "writes with admirable clarity and insight." Cox also called the book "essential" for libraries.



Choice, June, 1999, D.W. Madden, review of Contemporary Irish Literature: Transforming Tradition, p. 1787.

Library Journal, January, 1999, Shelly Cox, review of Contemporary Irish Literature, p. 96.

Publishers Weekly, January 11, 1999, review of Contemporary Irish Literature, p. 66.

Reference & Research Book News, May, 1999, review of Contemporary Irish Literature, p. 187.

Times Literary Supplement, August 6, 1999, review of Contemporary Irish Literature, p. 33.


Catholic University of America, English Department Web site, (March 3, 2007), faculty profile of author.

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