PhD Candidate

PhD English Literature, University of Ottawa (2017-present)
MA English Literature, University of Windsor (2012-2014)
BA English Literature, Creative Writing, and History, University of Windsor (2007-2012)

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Current Research
Joseph LaBine is a doctoral candidate whose SSHRC-funded research considers the emerging Celtic aesthetic in modernist Irish, Welsh, British, and Scottish texts that respond to traumatic events in the twentieth century such as the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising. He was the 2018 Marie Tremaine Fellow and has been the managing editor of Flat Singles Press since 2013.
Fields of Interest

Irish Modernism
20th Century Literature
Celtic Art and Language
Archival Studies
Canadian Poetry

Journal Articles

“The Lolita of Lot 49: Pynchon’s Inversion of Nabokov.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews (16 Feb. 2019). DOI:10.1080/0895769X.2019.1579634.

“Place Names and Lieutenant Jenkins in David Jones’s In Parenthesis.” The Explicator, vol. 76, no. 2, 2018, pp. 63–66.

“Two French Letters and Delacroix on Beauty in James Joyce's COUNTERPARTS.” The Explicator, vol. 74, no. 3, 2016, pp. 137-139. 

“‘the words I taught to him’: Interfusional Language Play and Flann O’Brien’s ‘Revenge   on the English’.” The Parish Review, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016, pp. 26-38. 

“A Note Regarding ‘Ceist Gan Réidhteach’ and Republished Sources in the IFOBS Brian O’Nolan Bibliography.” The Parish Review, vol. 2, no. 2, 2014, pp. 46-48.

“Tomatoes as Trauma.” Feral Feminisms, vol. 2, 2014, pp. 46-48.

“Two Black Hens in Joseph Conrad’s HEART OF DARKNESS.” Co-authored with Thomas Dilworth. The Explicator, vol. 71, no. 1, 2013, pp. 44-48.

Book Chapters
“Myles na gCopaleen’s ‘An Scian’: A Knife in the Back of Irish Archivists,” in Moving Archives (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), edited by Linda Morra, forthcoming.
“‘Comedy is Where You Die and They Don’t Bury You Because You Can Still Walk’: William Saroyan and Brian O’Nolan’s Playful Correspondence,” in Acting Out: Performance, Theatricality, and Collaboration in Flann O’Brien’s Writing (University College, Cork Press), edited by Paul Fagan, Ruben Borg, and Dieter Fuchs, forthcoming.

“Poetry: Review of Slick Reckoning by Ken Belford.” The Malahat Review, vol. 201, 2017, pp. 98-102. Accessed 13 Feb. 2019.

“Low Whispering Job: Phil Hall's Conjugation,” Arc Poetry Magazine (4 Feb. 2017).


“A Conversation About Books with Gerald Lynch.” Windsor Review: A Journal of the Arts, vol. 51, no. 2, 2018, pp. 5-13. otta77973&sid=AONE&xid=58ed7351. Accessed 26 Feb. 2019.

MA Thesis

“Two Instances of ‘Crow’: A Cultural Study of Irish Mythology and Intertextuality in ‘The Dead,’” University of Windsor, defended 14 Nov. 2014.

Conference Presentations

“David Jones: Theory of Art; Theory of Culture,” David Jones Research Center, Georgetown University,"The Lion, the Unicorn, and the Headless John the Baptist in David Jones’s In Parenthesis." 8 March 2019.

“The Age of Anxiety 2019 EGSA Conference,” University of Ottawa, "'Why Ireland again': Anxiety and Fiction-play in Anna Burns’s Milkman." 10 March 2019.

Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland, “a dash of the Dubliner…in Žižek,” co-authored with Christopher Genovesi. 9 March 2018.

IV International Flann O’Brien Conference, Salzburg University, Austria, “‘Comedy is     Where You Die and They Don’t Bury You Because You Can Still Walk’: William Saroyan and Brian O’Nolan’s Playful Correspondence,” 21 July 2017.

Canada 150: “Untold Stories of the Past 150 Years,” University College, Dublin,“Cúchulainn in Raymond Knister’s ‘Grapes’: Misappropriated Irish Myth in a Canadian Farm Story,” 29 April 2017.

Two Days of Canada Conference: “The Concept of Vancouver,” Brock University, “New Poetics, New Work Writing: Two Kootenay School of Writing Colloquia,” co-authored with Louis Cabri. 13 Oct. 2016.

ACCUTE, University of Calgary, “‘for Erín’: Phil Hall’s Tiny Drawings Moure-inspired Works of Trans(e)lation.” 29 May 2016.

 III International Flann O’Brien Conference, Charles University, Prague, “‘Nothing could   be further from Detroit’: James Joyce’s Citizen and the Birth of Brian O’Nolan’s Cruiskeen Lawn.” 19 Sept. 2015.

International Gothic Association, Simon Fraser University, “An Béal Bocht and Gaelic Gothic Parody: Reading Harry Clarke’s panels in Myles na gCopaleen’s ‘sham Gothic.’”  29 July 2015.        

 ACCUTE, University of Ottawa, “Myles na gCopaleen’s ‘An Scian’: A Knife in the Back of Irish Archivists.” 1 June 2015.


University of Ottawa, for Dr. Ian Dennis in the Department of English, “Levels of Meaning and Stream-of-Consciousness Writing in Joyce’s “Araby” and Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy.” 4 April 2018.

University of Ottawa, Department of English Works in Progress, “‘the idea of a man being dead all the time is pretty new’: Flann O’Brien, William Saroyan, Murder Plots and Dead Narrators.” 22 Nov. 2017.

Fields of Interest

  • Irish modernism; 20th-century literature; Celtic art and language; archival studies; Canadian poetry
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