Nicole Winsor

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Areas of Interest

Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Drama; Theatre and Performance Studies; Global Modernisms/Modernities; Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Irish, Australasian, and Pacific Literature; Psychoanalytic Theory.


University of Auckland, BA Hon. & MA.


Nicole is originally from New Zealand and she received her Master of Arts specializing in Drama with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. Nicole’s broad areas of research are global Anglophone modernisms/modernities and (post)colonial theatre and performance.

Her dissertation, In the Wake of Revolution and Revival, Irish, Australian, and New Zealand Postcolonial Modernist Drama, examines plays and performance produced after periods of cultural revivals and revolutions in Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, and she explores how the geohistorical particularities of cultural revolution throughout the twentieth century impact the ways that modernist creative innovations are generated and developed in “peripheral” regions of the globe. By focusing on Irish, Australian, and New Zealand (post)colonial modernism in drama, she aims to add to current broader scholarly conversations about how we define the field of modernist studies in the twenty-first century.

Nicole is completing a minor in Irish Studies through the Keough-Naughton Institute.  She is a Notre Dame Presidential fellow and a member of both the International Network for Comparative Humanities and the New Zealand Modernist Studies Consortium. During Summer of 2017 she participated in the Global Dome Dissertation Workshop Program organized by Notre Dame in partnership with the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh. She was also a finalist for the University of Notre Dame Shaheen Three Minute Thesis competition.

Recent Scholarly Activity

“(Post)colonial Modernism and the Case of Apirana Taylor’s Whaea Kairau: Mother-Hundred Eater.” Paper presented at the New Zealand Modernist Studies Consortium Symposium, University of Otago 2017.

“‘Circuitous route[s]’: (Post)colonial Modernism/Modernity and the Case of Denis Johnston’s The Old Lady Says ‘NO!’” Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Conference, Singapore 2017.

“Assembling (Post)colonial Modernism: Rethinking Montage and Critical Narratives Modernism/Modernity through Irish, Australian, and New Zealand Drama.” Lecture delivered for the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Spring Lecture Series, Notre Dame 2017.

“‘Like a Dry Skin Itching for Growth on our Bodies’: Modernist Surfaces and Intersubjective Encounters in Mansfield’s Early Writing.” Katherine Mansfield Society. Bandol, France. 11 June 2016. Paper Presentation.

“‘Susceptibility is the Experience’: Global Modernist Writing and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September.” American Conference for Irish Studies. Notre Dame 30 March 2016. Paper Presentation.

“Between the Door and the Sea”: Narrative Memory and the Conflicts of Individual and Communal Will in On Baile’s Strand.” Mapping Yeats Symposium. Kansas City, MO. 4 September 2015. Paper Presentation.

“The Disruptive Other: Phantom Hauntings in W.B. Yeats’s Purgatory.” International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. Leuven, Belgium. 20 July 2011. Paper Presentation.