Dr. Robert Brazeau,
Associate Professor of Irish Literature

Department of English and Film Studies
3-5 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada T6G 2E5
Fax: 780.492.8142
E-mail: rbrazeau@ualberta.ca




Irish literature and culture, Irish newspaper history, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kinsella, Brian Friel, Sean O'Casey, Medbh McGuckian, J.M. Synge, James Joyce, the city, eco-criticism, and contemporary public art.




I have taught upper-year courses on Seamus Heaney, modern Irish literature, and Post-colonial theory. I have also taught the following graduate seminars: "Reading Theories of Nation: The Example of Ireland,” “Fantasy in Modern Irish Literature,” and "W.B. Yeats and Irish Nationalism."  I will be teaching another on “James Joyce and the ‘Problem’ of Philosophical Modernity” in Jan. 2012.







Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Print Culture and Political Nationalism (current monograph; in progress)


Eco-Critical Joyce (an essay collection co-edited with Derek Gladwin; in progress).



Essays and book chapters:


"'But We're Only Talking, Maybe': Language, Desire, and the Arrival of the Present in The Playboy of the Western World." Irish Studies Review, 17.2 (2009): 153-166.


"Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy and the "Promise" of Metropolitan Modernity." Studies in the Literary Imagination  41.1 (Spring 2008): 21-46


“Thomas Kinsella’s ‘Local Knowledge.’” Metaphors of the Body and Desire in Irish Writing. Ed. Irene Gilsenan-Nordin. Dublin and Washington: Irish Academic Press, 2006: 55-78.


"'The Cabin Remembered What the Castle Had Forgotten': Urban and Rural Nationalisms in Victorian Ireland." Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism 32 (2005): 53-64.


"Troubling Language: Avant-Garde Strategies in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian." Mosaic 37.2 (2004): 127-144.


“‘A Theatre Which Events Do Not Exceed’: Brian Friel’s The Freedom of the City.” Part of The Other City, a special issue of the Journal of Urban History edited and introduced by Robert Brazeau and Dianne Chisholm. 29.1 (2002): 39-62.


“Translation and the Representation of Cultural Difference in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Thomas Kinsella.” New Hibernia Review 5. 2 (2001), 82-98.


Creative Writing:


“St. Theresa’s” and “Chicago.”  The New Quarterly (Spring 2011)

“Sonya,” “Overhead,” and “Fragile.” Flash 3.1 (2010).

"Telemarketing." Prism International 45.2. (2009)


Journals edited:


Contemporary Public Art.  Special Issue of Social Text (in progress)


With Dianne Chisholm, The Other City. Special Issue of the Journal of Urban History. 29.1 (2002).


With Michael Borshuk, Writing the City. Special Double-Issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination (41.1; 42.1).


Invited Lectures:


"Print Culture and the Victorian Irish Nation." Symposium on Book and Print Culture, Winnipeg, MB, June 2, 2004.


Book Reviews (no longer updating):


“Review of Marie-Louise Legg’s Newspapers and Nationalism.” New Hibernia Review 6.1 (2002): 146-47.


“Review of Dillon Johnston’s Irish Poetry After Joyce.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 25. 1-2 (1999): 530-32.


"Review of Padraig Daly, The Other Sea." Cold Mountain Review (forthcoming) 4 pp.


"Review of Gordon Bigelow, Fiction, Famine, and the Rise of Economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland." Victorian Studies Quarterly (forthcoming) 5pp.


Conference papers (no longer updating):


“Omnivorous Nationalism and the Irish Press.” Places of Exchange: Magazines, Journals and Newspapers in British and Irish Culture, 1688-1945, Glasgow, July 2002.


“Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Place of Biography in the Discourse of Philosophy.” Popular Culture Assoc.conference, Toronto, March 2002.


Panel Organizer and Chair, Biography and Philosophy, Popular Culture Assoc. conference, Toronto, March, 2002.


“Seamus Heaney and the Problem of Poetic Language.” ACCUTE for their conference at the Learneds, May, 2000.


“The Postnational Body: Thomas Kinsella’s ‘Local’ Knowledge.” Canadian Association of Irish Studies for their conference at the Learneds, May, 2000.


“The Theatre as Urban Supplement in Brian Friel’s The Freedom of the City.” Midwestern Conference on Film, Language, and Literature, DeKalb, Illinois, March, 2000.


“‘A System of Living Images’: Mythology in the Poetry of Thomas Kinsella.” ACCUTE at the Congress for Learned Societies, University of Ottawa, May, 1998.


“Enabling Myths in Thomas Kinsella's Poetry.” International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature, Hofstra University, New York, July 1996.