Rodney Sharkey, PhD

Rodney Sharkey, PhD

Associate Professor, English

 (+974) 4492 8225


Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 1996



Dr. Rodney Sharkey is a native of Dublin in Ireland where he studied literature at University College Dublin (B.A. and M.A.) and Trinity College (Ph.D.). Having taught at Trinity, Dublin City University, and the University of Limerick, he relocated to Cyprus where he lectured at Eastern Mediterranean University for seven years. He was the curator and director of the hugely successful Inscriptions in the Sand conference and arts festival, which became an annual event in Cyprus between 2002 and 2005. His specialized fields of interest are in Anglo-Irish literature, critical theory, performance dynamics and popular culture. He publishes regularly in journals such as Modern Culture ReviewsJournal of Beckett Studies,Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness and Reconstruction, and he produces and directs theatrical and musical events, such as "Hair,"  "Catastrophe," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Baggage." He also stages regular lunchtime readings and short dramatic performances at WCM-Q, where he also coaches the Debate Club, which has won the National Debate title four times under his mentorship. He has also won a number of Excellence in Teaching awards while at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar. He is very pleased to be teaching writing through literature in the Pre-medical Program.


Selected Publications

  • Sharkey Rodney, "Local Anesthetic for a Public Birth: Samuel Beckett and the Porter Period," Journal of Beckett Studies 2012; 22(1): 193-222.

  • Sharkey Rodney, “Heidegger, Beckett and Beaufret,” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd‘hui 2010; 22.

  • Sharkey Rodney, "Reading Joyce and Beckett in the Fourth Dimension," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 2009; 51(1): 28-40.

  • Sharkey Rodney, "Being’ Decentred in Sandman: History, Dreams, Gender and the “Prince of Metaphor and Allusion," ImageText 2008; 4(1): Available online.

  • Sharkey Rodney, "From Where all History Unfolds: Nick Cave Live," in The Politics of Space, Ed. John Wall. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; 2008: 154-183.