Aaron Kelly


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PhD projects

Interested in supervising projects in areas such as class and literature, Irish writing, decolonization, contemporary literature, film and visual culture, Marxism, Critical Theory

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Personal profile


Dr Aaron Kelly holds a BA (Hons), MA in Irish Writing and PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. He was Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in Irish and Scottish Literature at the University from 2001-2004 and was appointed a lecturer in September 2004.

Research Interests

Aaron’s research interests include modern contemporary Irish and British culture (including Irish-Scottish comparative studies), postcolonial and Marxist theory and practice, literatures of decolonization, popular cultural forms (especially crime fiction and film), working-class writing, migrant literature, theories of the novel, visual culture, anti-capitalism and critiques of modernity and postmodernity. He is happy to supervise in any of these areas. Current projects include a trilogy of books on class (one on contemporary British cinema, another on the history of working-class writing and a third on class and Irish literature), and an archival recovery of lost working-class writing that will be republished as a book series, Working-Class Classics.

Education/Academic qualification

Literature, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The Thriller and Northern Ireland since 1969, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sept 199720 Aug 2000

Award Date: 1 Oct 2000

Irish Writing, Master of Arts, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sept 199630 Aug 1997

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997

English & History, Bachelor of Arts, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sept 19921 Jun 1996

Award Date: 1 Jun 1996


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