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Laura Lyons


In 1993, while working in Belfast and Dublin to finish my PhD from the University of Texas-Austin, I was fortunate enough to receive an offer to teach Irish literature and post-colonial literature and theory here at Manoa. Coming to Hawai'i from Ireland, I wanted both to continue my research on Ireland and to learn more about nationalism and cultural practices in the Pacific. I teach classes in cultural studies, post-colonial literatures, and Irish Studies that attempt both to ground literary and other forms of cultural production--film, video, music, murals, ephemeral materials--in their specific locations and to compare such work across a number of geo-political sites. This comparative approach helps me to understand the the complex cultural legacy of Anglo-American colonialism. I am particularly interested in how insurgent forms of nationalism make use of the cultural terrain to create narratives that forward new visions of the nation and that resist the state and the (all too often) homogenizing forces of global capitalism.

Areas of Interest

post-colonial literatures and theory, Irish literature, cultural studies


Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997


BA, Moorhead State University
MA, PhD, University of Texas, Austin


Spring Semester 2014

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Fall Semester 2013

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ENG 625E(1) Theories in Cultural Studies W 3:30-6:00

Session 1 2013

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ENG 320(1) Introduction to English Studies MTWRF 10:30-11:45

Spring Semester 2013

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ENG 320(1) Intro to English Studies MWF 10:30-11:20 Edit

Fall Semester 2012

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ENG 320(4) Intro. English Studies TTH 12:00-1:15 Edit

Session 1 2012

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ENG 209(2) Business Writing Hrs. arranged

Spring Semester 2012

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ENG 100A(1) Composition I TTH 1:30-2:45 Edit

Fall Semester 2011

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ENG 775(1) Cultural Studies: Globalization & Critics (CSAP) T 6:30-9:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2011

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ENG 500(1) Master's Plan B/C Studies
ENG 550(1) Supervised Teaching Practicum
ENG 775(1) Sem Cultural Studies (Performance & Human Rights) W 6:30-9:00

Fall Semester 2010

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ENG 320(3) Introduction to English Studies TTH 9:00-10:15 Edit

Session 2 2010

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ENG 209(1) Business Writing MTWRF 9:00-10:15
ENG 209(2) Business Writing MTWRF 10:30-11:45