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
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
"'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
“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),
“St. Theresa’s” and “Chicago.”
The New Quarterly (Spring 2011)
“Sonya,” “Overhead,” and “Fragile.” Flash 3.1 (2010).
International 45.2. (2009)
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).
"Print Culture and the Victorian Irish Nation." Symposium on Book and Print Culture,
Winnipeg, MB, June 2, 2004.
Book Reviews (no
“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
"Review of Gordon Bigelow, Fiction,
Famine, and the Rise of Economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland."
Victorian Studies Quarterly
Conference papers (no
“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,
“The Postnational Body: Thomas Kinsella’s ‘Local’ Knowledge.” Canadian Association of
Irish Studies for their conference at the Learneds,
“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.