Maureen O’Connor is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English in University College Cork and is currently the 2023-2024 Travelling Visiting Professor of Irish Studies in Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. She is the author of The Female and the Species: The Animal in Irish Women’s Writing (2010) and of Edna O’Brien and the Art of Fiction (2021). She is the co-editor, with Derek Gladwin, of a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, “Irish Studies and the Environmental Humanities” (2018); with Kathryn Laing and Sinéad Mooney, of Edna O’Brien: New Critical Perspectives (2006); with Lisa Colletta, of Wild Colonial Girl: Essays on Edna O’Brien (2006); and, with Tadhg Foley, of Ireland and India: Colonies, Culture, and Empire (2006). She is currently writing a volume for inclusion in the Cork University Press series, “Síreacht: Longings for Another Ireland”, on the topic of Animals.