Bibliography Guidelines

IASIL Bibliography for 2016

General Points

  1. What to include: books and articles (in journals, collections of essays or conference papers and the like) on individual Irish writers and on Irish literatures and theatre more generally.  For the ‘General Studies’ section, items of a general cultural nature can also be listed, e.g. on language, film, folklore, etc.


  1. What not to include: historical, geographical and sociological articles and books, unless there’s a significant literary or cultural angle, nor translations of Irish literary works into other languages, unless there is an introduction and/or notes, commentary etc.


  1. The ‘General Studies’ section has subsections, making the information easier to use. The subsections are (a) Literature (b) Theatre (c) Language and Culture (d) Irish-related work by non-Irish writers.


  1. Any studies on the literature of the Irish diaspora, either in general terms or on specific authors, are welcome and should be listed under ‘General Studies’, subsection (d).


  1. Items on Irish-related work by English writers such as Spenser, Trollope, Thackeray, Arnold are also welcome. Rather than being listed under the writer’s name in the ‘Individual Authors’ section, they should be included in subsection (d) in ‘General Studies’.


  1. On book reviews: we will consider reviews, especially those regarded as significant and extensive. An indication of word length would be 3000+ words.  If you are in doubt about the significance of a book review, you might seek a justification from the contributor.


  1. Any items missed from previous years can be included. Just give the year of publication if not 2016.


  1. Do not include articles listed in a previous Bibliography unless they have been reprinted in a different journal. If known, previous publication details should also be noted.


  1. Do not include reprintings of books or publication of paperback editions, unless something has been added – a new introduction, for example. On books in general, if you’re working from publishers’ lists, try to establish that the book actually appeared in 2016, and wasn’t just promised.


  1. If in doubt about whether any item should be listed, include it anyway, and I will make editorial decisions.


  1. When compiling your list, please arrange items under the varying subsections of ‘General Studies’, where appropriate, and then under ‘Individual Authors’, rather than alphabetically throughout the whole list. It’s easier for me to add your items to the master list.


  1. Proof read all items carefully: author’s name, title of article or book, publication details. Take care particularly with diacritical marks.  It’s highly unlikely I will be in a position to correct too many errors, and what I get from you goes into the published list.  If I have queries about anything in your returns, I will email.  I realise you may not have the information, but I’ll ask anyway.


Editorial Instructions


  1. For each item, please use Times New Roman and 10 point throughout, with the first line left-hand justified (not centred) and indentation for run-on lines; for example:

KATZ, Daniel, ‘Beckett’s Measures: Principles of Pleasure in Molloy and First Love’, in Modern Fiction Studies, 49:2, pp. 246-60.

Note: author’s surname in capital letters; single inverted commas for articles, and use’ from now on; include the ‘in’ before the journal title, volume and issue number (where applicable); and insert a space after pp.; note the guidelines for page numbers: 60-85, 60-7; 123-35, 462-6, and so on.  Year of publication is not included, unless it’s not 2013.


  1. For articles and books in languages other than English, add a rough translation of the title after a slash; for example:

FARAUT, Martine, ‘Les Tories, la famine et l’Irlande, une lecture de Blackwood’s “Edinburgh Magazine”, janvier 1844-décembre 1848 / The Tories, the Irish Famine, a lecture in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Jan 1844-Dec 1848’, in Etudes irlandaises, 28:1, Spring, pp. 109-24. [In French].

Note: for articles, the original title should be in italics, but not the translation; for books, both titles should be in italics.  There should be a space before and after the slash; and indicate the language of the original in square brackets at the end.


  1. Within single inverted commas you should use double quotation marks, as in:

COUGHLAN, Patricia, ‘“Does a Man Die at Your Feet…”: Gender, History, Representation in The Catastrophist’, in IUR, 33:2, pp. 371-91.


  1. If an author has written more than one book and/or article, the second does not have the author’s name. A long dash and comma will suffice; as in:

HASHIMOTO, I.Y., ‘On Seamus Heaney’s Hair’, in Iowa Review, 33:1, pp. 159-63.

———, The Bottomless Centre: The Uses of History in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Lodzkiego (Lodz), 185.


  1. If a book is published by two publishers (most often U.S and U.K.), please give both names and locations (and page numbers, if different); for example:

FOSTER, R.F., W.B.Yeats, A Life II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939, OUP (New York), 798, & OUP (Oxford), 822.


  1. Where there are several editors or authors, punctuation and initialling should be as follows:

MALCOLM, D., KUBIŃSKA, O., & MODRZEWSKI, S., eds., Eseje o współczesnej poezji brytyjskiej i irlandzkiej / Essays on Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, Vol. 2, University of Gdańsk Press (Gdańsk). [In Polish].

If there are more than three authors, use ‘et al’.


  1. Abbreviations, especially for journals and publishers, are acceptable. Commonly-accepted abbreviations such as PMLA, ELH, IUR, E-I, plus OUP, CUP, and more generally UP after any university press should be used.  However, do not use abbreviations that readers in other countries would not normally know.


  1. The listing of collections of conference papers or articles by numerous contributors can cause problems. The easiest way to ensure that everyone’s contribution is acknowledged in the minimum of space is to follow the following method:

Full bibliographical details of authors/editors, title, publication details and total page numbers should appear under ‘General Studies’, for example:

DE TORO SANTOS, Antonio Raul, & CLARK MITCHELL, D., eds., As Nove Ondas. First International Symposium on Celtic Studies, Servicio de Publicacións da Universidade da Coruña (A Coruña), 212. [Articles in English, Galician and Spanish].

If a collection is author-based, then the item would be as follows: for example, under SWIFT:

Real, Hermann J., & Stöver-Leidig, Helgard, eds., Reading Swift: Papers from the Fourth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, Fink (Munich), 452.

Articles within the collection are then listed under individual contributors if still under ‘General Studies’ (or under an individual author as in the case of Swift above), as follows:

CASTIÑEIRA NOVO, Manuel, ‘Notas en torno ao celtismo: Plácido R. Castro / Some Notes on Celticism: Plácido R. Castro’, in De Toro Santos & Clark Mitchell, pp. 169-76. [In Galician].

If a collection is listed under ‘General Studies’ but an article should appear under a specific author, then the entry would be as follows, for example, under EDGEWORTH:

FERNÁNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ, Carmen María, ‘Las representaciones de Irlanda en “The Absentee” de Maria Edgeworth / The representations of Ireland in Maria Edgeworth’s The Absentee’, see under GENERAL STUDIES, LITERATURE: De Toro Santos & Clark Mitchell, pp. 67-73. [In Spanish].

It’s important for reasons of space that we omit full publication details for each contribution but equally important that all individual articles are properly acknowledged.  If however details of individual items in an author-based collection (such as Swift above) are hard to get, you can omit them.


  1. For books or articles on two or more novelists, poets etc, put the full bibliographical details under the heading of the first or primary author discussed. The following item would appear under McGUINNESS:

McMULLAN, Anna, ‘Unhomely Bodies and Dislocated Identities in the Drama of Frank McGuinness and Marina Carr’, in Segal, Naomi, Taylor, Lib, & Cook, Roger, eds., The In/Determinate Body, Macmillan (London), pp. 181-91.

Under CARR, the entry would read:

See under McGUINNESS: McMullan.


  1. For further examples of the above, please see the most recent Bibliography in the Autumn/Winter issue of IUR.


Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos

January 2017