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Dr. Christa De Brun

Title:

Lecturer in English Literature

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Arts

Telephone:

+353 0 51834049

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246 Tourism & Leisure Education Building

Campus:

Main Campus

OrcID Number:

0000-0001-5014-1758

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My Biography

Dr Christa de Brún lectures in English Literature in WIT. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from UCD, an MA in Contemporary European Philosophy from UCD, an MPhil in Anglo Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin, a PgDip in Applied Learning and Teaching from WIT, a PhD in Literature and Education from NUIM and a PgCert in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL).

An academic and a poet, Christa teaches mainly in the Department of Arts in WIT. She has published widely in the field of literature, critical consciousness and education and also has a number of creative publications.

Research

Dr Christa de Brún's research focuses on contemporary Irish writers, critical consciousness and education. She is a member of the Performing the Region research group; this research seeks to critically examine the dramatic work and the place of playwrights and practitioners from the south east of Ireland within the narrative of Irish theatre while also considering the contribution made by women to this narrative. Dr Christa de Brún most recently presented her research at the 2021 International Teresa Deevy conference: https://activespeech2021.org/dramaturgy-genre-theory/2/

Recent academic publications include chapters in  Pastoral and Anti-Pastoral: Exploring the Representation of City and the Village in Literature (2022), Teresa Deevy: Critical Perspectives (2022) and an article forthcoming in the Journal of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse (2022). She is also a contributor to The Comprehensive Introduction to Modernism (2023). 

Her poetry was shortlisted for the Anthology Poetry Prize 2020 and the Roscommon Poetry Prize at the Strokestown International Festival 2020. She was most recently published in 'The Waxed Lemon',  'The Ekphrastic Review', 'New Word Order', 'Drawn to the Light Press ' and  the  anthologies  'Addictions' collated by Veronica Aaronson (2021) and 'Cathal Buí Selected Poems 2021'. Recent poetry readings include the Strokestown Poetry Festival May 2021 and the Teignmouth Festival in October 2021.

Current research focuses on the use of learner centred technology in the classroom. Christa holds a postgraduate certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and her most recent publication focused on online platforms for language learning: https://www.theuniversitygrapevine.com/. She is currently developing an online module in Core Academic Skills for first year students. 

Teaching

Dr Christa de Brún is skilled in lecturing, curriculum development, and education. She was a recipient of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Teaching Hero Award in 2020 and nominated for the WIT Teaching Excellence Awards 2021. In 2021, she was awarded funding by the National Forum for Teaching and Learning to host a seminar entitled Teaching Critical Thinking through Literature co-presented with award winning poet Annemarie Ni Churreáin. Christa's teaching draws on the pedagogical potential of modern literature to foster critical consciousness in third level education and she is a certified UDL badge facilitator and Narrative 4 story exchange facilitator.

Christa teaches on the following modules: Introduction to Fiction, Anglo Irish Literature, Nineteenth Century Literature, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries and The Modern Novel. She is also the First Year English co-ordinator in WIT and has completed DCP training, unconscious bias training, diversity and inclusion training, Grief during Covid training, and ZSA suicide training to enable her to support students' wellbeing on their learning journey. She also holds a Certificate in Online Safety and Awareness in Youth Work (NYCI).

Christa supervises dissertations in the field of Modern Literature and is an examiner for The Undergraduate Awards, the world’s leading undergraduate awards programme. She is a placement tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Further Education where she supports and mentors student teachers and evaluates their practice while on placement in further education. 

Christa also teaches in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality where she lectures in Communications and Customer Service. She holds a WSET Level 2 (Distinction) in Wines and Spirits coupled with several years experience with the Radisson Hotel group.

Professional

Dr Christa de Brún is the co-organiser of the 'Soundings' Waterford Poetry Festival, a cross community collaboration between WIT, Christ Church Cathedral and Modwords. The festival centres on the seminal text 'Soundings' which has passed through the hands of hundreds of thousands of students and is thus the perfect text to foster intergenerational dialogue and collaboration: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2022/0428/1294898-poetry-ireland/

In 2022, Christa was commisioned to write an ekphrastic response to Vincent Devine's 'Portrait of Vicky Phelan' which was hosted by WIT as part of International Women's Day 2022: https://www.wit.ie/news/news/podcast-the-nerve-vincent-devine-painter-of-the-vicky-phelan-triptych.

Dr Christa de Brún has developed  a number of links with industry and the wider community. In 2021, she co-ordinated the development of a series of Shakespeare study guides for second level students which feature critical essays from the Department of English and Theatre Studies. She has edited four WIT Study Guides for the Leaving Certificate covering all the Shakespearean plays currently on the curriculum:  https://educationmatters.ie/shakespeare-study-guides-leaving-cert/

Christa has also collaborated with Waterford Libraries to foster connections with the wider community. In 2021, she  participated in the creation and delivery of a series of lunchtime lectures for a community audience: https://waterfordlibraries.ie/event/the-spinning-heart-and-the-irish-psyche-facilitated-by-dr-christa-de-brun/. She also acted as principal judge for the Waterford Region in the Europe Direct Soapbox Competition 2021. 

Christa is currently collaborating with the Theatre Royal on a project to integrate theatre and the community. She is also a member of the following organisations:

  • IASIL (International Association for the study of Irish Literatures)
  • ESAI (Educational Studies Association of Ireland)
  • AISHE (All Ireland Society for Higher Education)
  • Poetry Ireland 

Selected Publications

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

De Brún, C. (2022) 'Bringing Students to Gathertown: An Online Platform for Language Learning', The University Grapevine, 1(6), available: https://www.theuniversitygrapevine.com/

De Brún, C. (2022) 'Women, War and the Poetics of Grief' in Chakraborty, A., ed., Revisiting Modernism: Texts and Contexts, Washington: Lexington Books.

De Brún. (2022) 'Pathways to Critical Consciousness: Overcoming Resistance to Academic Writing and Building Confidence in Third Level Students', Journal of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing, available: https://casdw-acr.ca/publications/

De Brún, C. (2022) 'The Anti-Pastoral in Donal Ryan's The Spinning Heart', in Kochar, S., ed., Pastoral and Anti-Pastoral: Exploring the Representation of City and the Village in Literature, New York: Routledge.

De Brún, C. (2021) 'The Liminal Space of Widowhood in Teresa Deevy's 'Wife to James Whelan', Teresa Deevy: Critical Perspectives, available: https://activespeech2021.org/dramaturgy-genre-theory/2/

De Brún, C. (2020) WIT Shakespeare Study Guides, available: https://www.wit.ie/news/news/study-guides-hamlet-for-leaving-cert-students

De Brún, C. (2019) 'Teaching Critical Thinking and Critical Consciousness through Literature in Third Level Education', All Ireland Journal of Higher Education, 11(3), available:https://ojs.aishe.org/index.php/aishe-j/article/view/393

 

POETRY  PUBLICATIONS

De Brún, C. (2022) 'Crossword', The Waxed Lemon, 1 (4), 11 [Shortlisted for Anthology Poetry Prize 2020].

De Brún, C. (2022) 'Month's Mind', Drawn to the Light Press, 3(5), available: https://drawntothelightpress.com/

De Brún, C. (2021) 'The Battle of Perseus' Addictions Anthology, available: https://forestreetpress.com/publications [Shortlisted for Roscommon Poetry Prize at the International Strokestown Poetry Festival 2021].

De Brún, C. (2021) 'The  Flying Lovers', The Ekphrastic Review, available: https://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic-journal/the-flying-lovers-by-christa-de-brun.

De Brún, C. (2021) 'The Old Man and the Stars', The New Word Order, available: https://newwordorder.ucd.ie/the-old-man-and-the-stars/.

De Brún, C. (2021) 'Atlas' Cathal Bui Selected Poems, available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cathal-Bui-2001-Selected-Stories/dp/0954028201.

Educational Qualifications

2021-2022 Postgraduate Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Learning, Waterford Institute of Technology

2010-2015 PhD Literature and Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

2005-2007 Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Learning and Teaching, Waterford Institute of Technology

2001-2002 MPhil Anglo Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin

1999-2000 MA Contemporary European Philosophy, University College Dublin

1995-1998 BA (Honours) Philosophy and English, University College Dublin