Dr. David Kenney

Dr. David KenneyMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 228

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Teaching Assistant Professor


My work focuses on rediscovering lost books, books that once enjoyed periods of popularity and influence but are now omitted from dominant narratives of literary history. Exploring neglected Irish novels of the nineteenth-century, I investigate how competing cultural and historical narratives have shaped aesthetic evaluation and canon formation. I am particularly interested in examining changing genre conventions, such as gendered allegories and colonial representation, and my research has involved significant engagement with Victorian British and modernist Irish literature as well as the Romantic, Spanish picaresque, and Gothic traditions. My interest in the legacy of this last tradition has led me to write and publish several short stories inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

Years of experience working with not only university-level but also high school and English language learners have made me mindful of the variety of frustrations students face when attempting to translate their thoughts into engaging and effective modes of communication. I enjoy grapple with these frustrations in my classrooms and helping my students become confident, successful writers.


  • B.A.s - English & General Business Management (University of St. Thomas, MN)
  • M.A. - Irish Studies (National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Ph.D. – English (Marquette University, WI)

Courses Taught

  • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • Texts, Social Systems, and Values

Research Interests

  • Irish Literature & History
  • The Victorian Novel
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • The History of the Novel
  • Creative Writing

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2023

  • MW 9:00-10:30

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2023

  • 1001/107 MWF 11:00-11:50 Lalumiere Hall 232
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/108 MWF 12:00-12:50 Lalumiere Hall 232
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/110 MWF 1:00-1:50 Lalumiere Hall 384
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 3462/102 MWF 8:00-8:50 Cudahy Hall 120
    • Introduction to Gothic Fiction

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