Alison has an enduring interest in the Atlantic world, migration, diaspora and transatlantic poetics. She received a distinction for her MScR in ‘Literature and Transatlanticism’ at the University of Edinburgh in 2011, completing her dissertation on violence, nationalism and the West in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Her Ph.D., a study on intertextuality and the transnational imagination in Colum McCann’s writing, developed this line of enquiry further.
She has edited a special issue of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations on the ‘Irish Atlantic’, where she is currently Reviews Editor.
Most recently, she published ‘“We listen for what the waves intone”: intertextuality and the circum-Atlantic poetics of Seamus Heaney, Natasha Trethewey and Kwame Dawes’ in Comparative American Studies. 14: 2 (November 2016).