The University of Sheffield
School of English

Dr Kaarina Hollo

Dr. Kaarina Hollo, A.B. magna cum laude (Anthropology, Harvard), A.M. (Celtic Languages & Literatures, Harvard), Ph.D. (Celtic Languages & Literatures, Harvard)

Room 4.13, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
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I have been associated with the School of English since September 2004, first as an honorary research fellow and since January 2009 as a Lecturer in Irish.

Prior to coming to Sheffield I was head of the Department of Celtic at the University of Aberdeen, and I have also taught at Harvard University, University College Cork, Queens University Belfast, and Boston College.


My main areas of research include the literary culture of early medieval Ireland, broadly conceived, with a particular interest in the relationship between the reading and interpretation of scriptural texts / liturgy and the composition of prose narrative; early medieval Irish poetry, especially metrical structure; the Ulster Cycle of tales during the Old and Middle Irish periods; representations of female mourning and madness in medieval and early modern Irish texts; and literary translation in the Irish context, from the 18th century to the present.

I have presented a number of papers on ‘The Story of Mis and Dub Ruis’, and have two articles in preparation on this 17th/18th-century tale of female derangement and recovery. I am also continuing my research into the two Irish manuscripts in the Sheffield University Library and their contents, on which I have already published.


I currently teach the module Introduction to Modern Irish (EGH206).

Selected Publications

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