Background and activities


Departmental roles

Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Advisory Commitee for Study Programme in English


I teach 1000-level courses on poetry, prose fiction and drama, 2000-level courses on the American short story, nineteenth-century American literature, and 3000-level courses on the American Renaissance and Native American Literature.

Committee work

I have acted as external representative for three PhD committees (in Canada, England and Sweden), and on numerous committees to evaluate applications for personal promotion.

Research Interests

I work within the field of nineteenth-century American literature and have a specialist interest in the correspondence and poetry of Emily Dickinson. I have acted as a member of the advisory board for the Emily Dickinson Archive, which provides high-resolution images of manuscripts of Dickinson’s poetry, along with transcriptions and annotations from selected historical and scholarly editions. Organised by Harvard University, this is a collaborative project which brings together resources from Houghton Library, Amherst College Library, the Boston Public Library, and others. I am also interested in the writing, reception and translation of singer-songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and am a member of the Translating Cultures research group at NTNU.


I was born in Belfast, and raised in an Irish-speaking community on the Shaws Road. My BA and PhD are from Trinity College Dublin. I have worked at NTNU since 1991.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database


  • Goring, Paul Michael; Mitchell, Domhnall Martin; Hawthorn, Jeremy. (2019) Studying Literature. 2019. ISBN 978-7-5446-5858-4.






  • Mitchell, Domhnall; Goring, Paul; Lothe, Jakob. (2012) Each Other's Yarns: Essays on Narrative and Critical Method for Jeremy Hawthorn. Novus Forlag. 2012. ISBN 978-82-7099-687-2.



  • Goring, Paul; Hawthorn, Jeremy; Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (2010) Studying Literature. Bloomsbury Academic. 2010. ISBN 978-0-34098-512-0.


  • Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (2009) International Reception of Emily Dickinson. Continuum. 2009. ISBN 9780826497154.



  • Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (2002) “Filling in the Blanks: The Significance of Space in Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts.”. Harvard Library Bulletin. vol. 12 (3).
  • Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (2002) Zero at the Bone: New Climates for the Study of Emily Dickinson; Editorial Introduction. Women's Studies. vol. 31 (6).


  • Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (2001) 4 “A Foreign Country: Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts and their Meanings.”. Legacy. vol. 17 (2).
  • Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (2001) “The Grammar of Ornament: Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts and their Meanings.”. Nineteenth-Century Literature. vol. 55 (4).




  • Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (1998) "Revising the Script: The Meaning(s) of Dickinson's Manuscripts.". American Literature. vol. 70 (4).
  • Mitchell, Domhnall Martin. (1998) "The Train, the Father, His Daughter and Her Poem: A Reading of Emily Dickinson's 'I like to see it lap the miles.'". The Emily Dickinson Journal. vol. 7 (1).