James M. Smith
Associate Professor
Department of English
Boston College




Select Publications


Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment (Southbend, IN:  The University of Notre Dame Press, 2007). 312 pgs.


Edited. Two Irish National Tales: Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan) The Wild Irish Girl (Boston: New Riversides/Houghton Mifflin, 2005)


“The Magdalene Sisters: Evidence, Testimony … Action?” Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society 32, 2 (Winter, 2007): 431-58.

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“Re-Imagining Ireland, Britain and Europe.” Traversing the Imaginary. Eds. Peter Gratton and John P. Manoussakis.  Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2007.

"The Politics of Sexual Knowledge: The Origins of Ireland's Containment Culture and the Carrigan Report (1931)." The Journal of the History of Sexuality. 13. 2. (2004).

 "Sexual Abuse and the Irish Church: Crisis and Responses" With Robert Savage. The Church in the 21st Century: From Crisis to Renewal. Occasional Paper, #8. Boston College.

 "Remembering Ireland's Architecture of Containment: 'Retelling' stories in The Butcher Boy and States of Fear." Eire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies, (Fall-Winter, 2001).

"Effaced History: Facing the Colonial Contexts of Ben Jonson's Irish Masque at Court," ELH 65, 2 (1998)