Template:Do not agree with proposal A. L. Mentxaka is a writer and academic, based in Dublin, Ireland.

Mentxaka is a scholar of literature, particularly modernism, with an interest in interdisciplinary work. She is also a playwright.[1] Her books of criticism include 'Kate O'Brien and the Fiction of Identity' (2011),[2] which was launched by the writer Anne Le Marquand Hartigan,[3] and compared by a reviewer to "a challenging detective story, scholarly, yet unpredictable . . . I was impressed".[4] Her most recent book of criticism is 'The Postcolonial Traveller' (2016).[5] Her plays include 'A Pair of New Eyes' (2013),[6] 'For Valentine' (2009, 2014),[7] 'Visitor' (2015), 'One Nite Stand: A Shakespearean Tragicomedy' (2014, co-written with Auxi Martinez),[8] 'Alien in Bewleys' (1999), and 'Grainne' (2015, co-written with J. Costello, K. Doyle, and L. Errity).[9] The play 'A Pair of New Eyes' was included in 'Ten Things To Do This Month' in GCN magazine, , which summarized it as "Romance, friendship, betrayal, seduction, and two respectable ladies",[10] and recommended by Final Draft journal.,[11] as well as 'FSWA online',[12] and the E-Bulletin of Dublin City Arts Council.[13]

Mentxaka has published numerous essays in peer-reviewed and other publications. Her essay 'Film into Novel' was highlighted by the Irish Examiner as a key essay in the collection in which it appeared: "In [an] excellent essay [in the collection], Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka dissects Mary Lavelle, written in 1936 by Kate O’Brien, from the point of view of cinematic language used by the novelist. According to the Viewpoint editors, Mentxaka 'considers the intersectional relationship between language and image as a queer intervention into both visual and literary practice, and positions this ‘intermediality’ as a political exercise aimed at rethinking aesthetic boundaries, and a way of mobilising ‘hidden’ or ‘disguised’ subtexts which run counter to the established narrative drive'. [Mentxaka's] prose is clear, well-written and informative, and opens new and fascinating doors to the interpretation of O’Brien’s novels".[14] Her work on O'Brien has been hailed as groundbreaking by the Basque press, for revealing the Irish writers alegorical richness in her description of the Basque Country,[15] and for evidencing the impact of O'Brien's Basque experiences in her work.[16] In an interview with Joseba Tobar-Arbulu, Mentxaka referred to her promotion of O'Brien's novels in the Basque Country as "a civic duty".[17]

Mentxaka lectures at the American College Dublin. and works as mediator/facilitator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has also worked at University College Dublin,[18] where she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship on Modernism.[19]


  1. 'Claire O'Brien interviews author A.L. Mentxaka about the play A Pair of New Eyes', for the Arts and Culture programme 'Arena', in Midlands 103 Radio, Thursday, 4 September 2014.
  2. Jefferson (N.C.): McFarland, 2011.
  3. 3 December 2011. "Anne Hartigan on Feminism and Kate O'Brien" (Dir. Constance Whyte, 4.40, Ireland, 2011).
  4. “[Mentxaka's book] reads like a challenging detective story, scholarly, yet unpredictable, and sparkling . . . I was impressed by the historical approach to continental socialism devoid of prejudice, [and] took pleasure in Mentxaka’s chronicle of industrial Bilbao’s life and struggles . . . As a film lover, and a fan of Victorian and modern English literatures, I was equally impressed.” The European English Messenger (journal of the European Society for the Study of English) Volume 22.1 (Summer 2013): 91-3
  5. Palo Alto (Cal.): Academica Press, 2016.
  6. Dublin: Gur Cake Editions, 2013.
  7. Premiered 18 May 2014, at 'B52 Theatre' Dublin.
  8. Premiered 18 May 2014, 'B52 Theatre', Dublin.
  9. Premiered 24th November 2015 at 'Abbey Hotel Theatre' Dublin.
  10. GCN magazine, Issue 287, November 2013.
  11. FINAL DRAFT, Issue 173, October 2013.
  12. FWSA Newsletter, Issue 61, September 2013.
  13. Arts Office Newsletter, Dublin City Council Arts Office, October 2013.
  14. The Irish Examiner, 25 Feb 2013. link to review:
  15. Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka, Edu Lartzanguren-egaz elkarrisketan. (tr. A.L. Mentxaka, in conversation with E. Lartzanguren) Berria, 19 December 2011. «Emakume baten iratzartzea Euskal Herriaren metafora da Kate O'Brienen lanean»
  16. Mentxaka entrevistada por Jon Intxaurraga (2012) (tr. A. L. Mentxaka interviewed by Jon Intxaurraga) Deia, 8 Enero 2012. "Empezar a escribir ficción en Bilbao cambió la vida de Kate O'Brien"
  17. Mentxaka in conversation with Tobar-Arbulu (2010) Joseba Tobar-Arbulu and Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka on Kate O’Brien (2010)
  18. See academic profile at UCD:
  19. 'Government of Ireland' postdoctoral fellowship:

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