Dr Derek Hand is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of English in Dublin City University. The Liffey Press published his book ‘John Banville: Exploring Fictions’ in 2002. He edited a special edition of the ‘Irish University Review’ on John Banville in 2006. He was awarded an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellowship for 2008-2009. His ‘A History of the Irish Novel: 1665 to the present’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 and is now available in paperback.
Derek is interested in Irish writing in general and has published articles on W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Colum McCann, Molly Keane, Benedict Kiely, Mary Lavin, William Trevor and on contemporary Irish fiction. He has lectured on Irish writing in the USA, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, Brazil, Italy, Malaysia, Sweden and France. He is now working on a critical study of recent Irish fiction entitled ‘The Celtic Tiger Irish Novel 1994-2010: modernity and mediocrity’.
He is the co-editor with Eamon Maher of a collection of essays on John McGahern entitled ‘Essays on John McGahern: Assessing a Literary Legacy’, published by Cork University Press.