Graduate Directory--Denise Ayo

Denise Ayo


Denise Ayo

Denise Ayo is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. She specializes in British and Irish modernism with an emphasis on postcolonial and gender issues. Her dissertation, “Women of Letters: Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, and Mary Colum,” examines how these prolific female writers understood mass media in relation to modernism. She received a distinguished pass on her candidacy exams in Spring 2009 and will defend her dissertation in Spring 2012. She has taught an undergraduate course of her own design, “Narrating the Mind in Modern Fiction,” in Fall 2009 as well as three semesters of first year composition. During her career at Notre Dame, she has been awarded a Diversity Fellowship, a Zahm Research Travel Grant, and an Adjunct Teaching Fellowship and has presented papers at the 2008 and 2010 ACIS National Conference as well as the 2007 and 2009 North American James Joyce Conference. Her article “Scratching at Scabs: The Garryowens of Ireland” will appear in the 2010 Joyce Studies Annual, and she is also editing a selected volume of Mary Colum's critical works and looking for interested publishers. www.deniseayo.com