Academic Staff
Associate Professor
B.A. M.A. Ph.D. (NUI, Cork)
Tel:  3943 7024
Office:  Fung King Hey 319

Administrative Post: Convenor of Research Committee

Research Interests

Modernism, phenomenology & literature, literature & religion, Irish studies, the philosophy of education.

Selected Publications


Edited Journals

  • Editorial Board for British and Irish Literature – Oxford Bibliographies

Articles and Chapters

  • Michael O’Sullivan (2018) Loneliness as method: Henry James, individualism and the ‘more intimate education’, Textual Practice, DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2018.1508492

  • "David Foster Wallace, loneliness, and the “pretty much nothing” the university teaches" Literature Compass. Vol. 14. Issue 7. Wiley. 2017.

  • “Academic barbarism and the literature of concealment: Roberto Bolaño and W. G.  Sebald” Academic barbarism, universities and inequality. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • “Incarnation and shame: Reading Richard Swinburne on Jesus’ “divided mind” in light of Christian phenomenology and T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets”. Cogent Art and Humanities. Taylor & Francis. Volume 3, Issue 1, 2016.
  • “Bringing them into the Fold: Deleuze and three images for an east-west humanities.” Deleuze and the New Humanities. Ed. Rose Braidotti. [forthcoming 2016]
  • “Loneliness and the Submerged Population: Frank O’Connor’s The Lonely Voice and Joyce’s ‘The Dead’”. The Irish Short Story. Ed. Elke D’Hoker. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015.
  • “Educational inequalities in higher education in Hong Kong” (with Michael Tsang) Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. 2016.
  • “On the new Chinese Translation of Finnegans Wake”. James Joyce Quarterly, 50.4, pp. 1095-99.
  • “The Sentimental Kindness of Criticism: and Joyce’s ‘cup of kindest yet’” Textual Practice, 27:2, 295-314, 2013.
  • “Giving Up Control: Narrative Authority and Animal Experience in Coetzee and Kafka”, forthcoming Mosaic, 2010.
  • “Giving Flesh; The Gift of Weakness,” Parallax. 16.1. January-March 2010, pp. 56-67.
  • “Taking Reading Hostage: Ethical Criticism’s Rhetoric of Alterity”. Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Administration Journal of Language, Communication and Culture, March, 2007.
  • L’Université sans profession (the unemployed university): The Privilege of the Conflict of the Faculties” Parallax, 12.3, July 2006, pp. 112-24.
  • “Narrative”. The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, 13: 98-111.
  • “Metaphor’s Lost Time: Notes on the new translations of Proust” Nottingham French Studies, Vol. 44 No. 2, Summer 2005, pp. 31-41.
  • “‘Bare Life’ and the Garden Politics of Roethke and Heaney” Mosaic, 17.4, December 2005, pp. 17-34.
  • “The Irish Tenor: Metaphor and its Voice in Irish Criticism” New Voices in Irish Criticism 5 (Four Courts Press, Dublin 2005).
  • “Beckett and the ‘authentic weakness of being’” in Beckett Re-Membered: After the Centenary. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (edited with James Carney, Leonard Madden and Karl White), 2012.
  • Introduction. Beckett Re-Membered: After the Centenary. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (edited with James Carney, Leonard Madden and Karl White), 2012.
  • “Limning the Liminal, Thinking the Threshold: Irish Studies’ Approach to Theory,” in Liminal Borderlands in Irish Literature and Culture. Reimagining Ireland. Vol. 9. Eds. Irene Gilsenin Nordin & Edin Holmsten. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009, pp. 17-34.
  • “Singular Celibates: Narrative Seduction in Moore and Joyce” in George Moore : artistic visions and literary worlds. Ed. Mary Pierse. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 206-19


  • O’Sullivan, Michael. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 4th Ed. Roland Greene, editor in chief; Stephen Cushman, general editor, Clare Cavanagh, Jahan Ramazani & Paul Rouzer, associate editors. Asian Cha. March, 2013.
  • O’Sullivan, Michael. “Irish Autobiography: Stories of Self in the Narrative of a Nation”. Life Writing. Vol. 9.4, 2012.
  • O’Sullivan, Michael. “Narratives of Class in New Irish and Scottish Literature: from Joyce to Kelman, Doyle, Galloway, and Mcnamee (review).” Mfs Modern Fiction Studies. 56.3 (2010): 647-650. Print.
  • O’Sullivan, Michael. “Acts of Narrative (review).” Mfs Modern Fiction Studies. 51.3 (2005): 724-727. Print.
  • Agamben, Giorgio, and Michael O’Sullivan. “Reviews – the Open: Man and Animal.” Radical Philosophy. (2004): 54. Print.

Creative Writing

  • “When Miguel de Cervantes met William Shakespeare” Quixotica. Hong Kong: Chameleon Press, 2016.
  • “Stranger” Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Hong Kong: February 2010 (issue 10). Internet resource.
  • “On meeting the mother of MichaelAngelo” Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Hong Kong: June 2014 (issue 24). Internet Resource.
  • “Dead Wood” in Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz. Chameleon Press, Hong Kong, 2015.
  • “The King” in Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz. Chameleon Press, Hong Kong, 2015
Research Grants and Awards
  • 2018: R-Portion Grant for a Borders Conference: 30,000 HKD

  • 2018: R-Portion Grant for an LMU-CUHK Exchange Conference: 40,000 HKD

  • 2016: Co-Investigator in University Grants Committee Project entitled “The Economic Value of the Humanities in Hong Kong”: 758,000HKD

  • 2015: Pilot Study Grant: 40,000HKD

  • 2015: Young Researcher of the Year. The Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 100,000HKD

  • 2015: Direct Grant: 22,000 HKD. The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • The Young Researcher Award 2014 – The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2012: Direct Grant. 56,000 HKD. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • 2011/12 Faculty of Arts Humanities Fellowship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong