1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Devin Donovan


214 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

TR 10:00 - 12:00

Class Schedule:

MW 2:00 - 3:15
MW 3:30 - 4:45
TR 3:30 - 4:45


Ph.D. Lehigh University, 2013
M.A. University College Dublin, 2007
B.A. University of Virginia, 2005


Writing Program


  • "Collaboration and Competition in 'Epic Rap Battles of History.'" Fun and Games: Composition in the 21st Century. 36th Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. March 2015.
  • "Identity as Process in the Age of the Shamrock." Defining Irish Identity: Expressions of Cultural Nationalism. American Conference for Irish Studies - Mid-Atlantic. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. October 2014.
  • “‘The old umbilical love’: Joyce and the Navel in Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy.” Panel Chair. The History of Ireland: Commemoration of the Past or a Nightmare to Escape? American Conference for Irish Studies – Mid-Atlantic, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. November 2013.
  • “Remembrance; Recitation, Resuscitation: A Lunch Hour with Martin McDonagh.” Lehigh Humanities Center Grant Presentation, Bethlehem, PA. November 2012.
  • “Mad Man: Martin McDonagh and the Language of Advertising.” The West, American Conference for Irish Studies – New England, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. October 2012.
  • “Leaving the Bricks Behind: Roddy Doyle’s Wordy Dublin.” Weighing Words Conference, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. July/August 2012.
  • “Another Stupid Friggin’ Play?: Anxiety as Antidote in Christina Reid’s Joyriders.” Innovations and Anxieties, University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference, Kingston, RI. March 2012.
  • “Deconstructing Cathleen Ni Houlihan: Repetition as Confrontation in Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue.” Reconstructing the Revival Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland. September 2011.
  • Pain Forever: Postcolonial Echoes in Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy.” Echoes Conference, Duquesne University English Graduate Organization, Pittsburgh, PA. March 2011.
  • “Snapping the Cricket Bat: Confusion and Ambivalence in Rohinton Mistry’s Swimming Lessons.” English Studies & Social Justice, Pennsylvania College English Association, Bethlehem, PA. April 2010.


  • The Elizabeth Stout Dissertation Award for The College of Arts & Sciences, 2013
  • Lehigh University College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Fellowship, 2008



  • "My Yopp into the Void" Talking Writing: Nature and Technology Issue, Spring 2015

Short Fiction

  • "The Start of the River" Work Literary Magazine, December 2015
  • "Christmas on Mars" Walk Write Up: Holiday Issue, December 2015


  • "Typing the Robot" Right Hand Pointing, 97 (2016)
  • "The Sound Being" GFT Press, March 2016
  • "Crawl Space," "When a Kid Comes Up" Freshwater Review, 20 (2016)
  • "A Couple Discusses Their Options" Three Line Poetry, 34 (2015)
  • "Hombrecito Algo" forthcoming in The Gap-Toothed Madness.