2017 Yeats International Summer School Lecturers
Geraldine Higgins is a Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Until recently, she was Director of Irish Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her research and publications focus on Yeats and the Revival, modern and contemporary Irish literature, archival studies and the representation of Irishness in popular culture. Her books include Heroic Revivals from Carlyle to Yeats (2012) and Brian Friel (2010). She is currently editing a volume of essays on Seamus Heaney in Context for Cambridge University Press and curating the National Library of Ireland’s new exhibition, “Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again,” which will open in Dublin in 2018. She has lectured at the Yeats summer school many times and was Bernard O’Donoghue’s Associate Director in 2001 and 2002.
Rónán McDonald is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Between 2010 and 2015, he held the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Irish Studies at UNSW. For Fall Term 2016, he was Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature at UCLA. His research interests span modern Irish literature and culture, modernism, theories of cultural value and the role of the humanities in the modern university. His books include Tragedy and Irish Literature (2002), The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2007) and The Death of the Critic (2008). Recent edited collections include The Values of Literary Studies: Critical Institutions, Scholarly Agendas (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Flann O’Brien and Modernism (2014). He is currently preparing a monograph on Modernism, Cultural Value and the Irish Revival.
Lectures / Seminars:
Each weekday morning lectures take place at 9.30am and 11.15am. In addition to our distinguished Directors, who will both lecture on Friday 21 July, lecturers include Nicholas Allen, Terence Brown, Clare Connolly, Rob Doggett, Nicky Grene, Joseph Hassett, Rosie Lavan, Joep Leerssen, Laura Marcus, Jill Wharton.
Nicholas Allen is Franklin Professor of English and Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. His books include Broken Landscapes: Selected letters on Ernie O'Malley (Dublin, 2011), Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2009), That Other Island (2007), The Proper Word (2007), George Russell and the New Ireland (2003), and The Cities of Belfast (2003). Recent essays have been published in The History of the Irish Book in the Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2011) and Synge and Edwardian Ireland (2011). He is editor with Nick Groom and Jos Smith of the forthcoming Coastal Works (Oxford, 2017) and will be Astor Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University this summer.
Terence Brown is one of the most distinguished living scholars of Yeats and Anglo-Irish literature. His numerous books include the indispensible Ireland: A Social and Cultural History, 1922-1972(1981; enlarged edition 2002) and his acclaimed The Life of W.B. Yeats: A Critical Biography (1999). He spent most of his academic career at Trinity College Dublin, where he was elected to a Fellowship in 1976 and appointed Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature in 1993. He is now an Emeritus Professor and Senior Fellow. He was elected a member of the Irish Academy in 1992 and has been Visiting Professor at The Sorbonne, The University of New South Wales. That Island Never Found: Essays and Poems for Terence Brown appeared in 2007, edited by Nicholas Allen and Even Patten. Terence Brown’s latest book is The Irish Times: 150 Years of Influence (2015).
Born and brought up in Derry, Collette Bryce moved to England as a student in 1988. Her first collection The Heel of Bernadette (2000) won the Aldeburgh Prize and the inaugural Strong Award for new Irish poets. She won first prize in the UK National Poetry Competition for the title poem of her second book, The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004), which was followed by Self-Portrait in the Dark in 2008. Colette held a fellowship at Dundee University (2002-2005) and was subsequently appointed North East literary fellow at the Universities of Newcastle and Durham. More recently she has held writing fellowships at the universities of Manchester and Notre Dame. From 2009-2013 she was Poetry Editor for the journal Poetry London. The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), draws on her experience of growing up in Derry during the Troubles, received a special Christopher Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. It was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, and the Roehampton Prize. She received the Cholmondeley Award for poetry in 2010. Her Selected Poems will be published by Picador in April 2017. She currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English at University College Cork. She has published scholarly editions of novels by Maria Edgeworth and Sydney Owenson. Her Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829 was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press and awarded the Donald J Murphy prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies. Edited books include Theorizing Ireland (Palgrave) and (with Joe Cleary), Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture. She is current writing a book on Irish romanticism for Cambridge UP.
Rob Doggett is Professor and Chair of English at SUNY Geneseo, where he teaches courses in Irish Studies. He often leads student groups to Sligo, and this will be his fourth time lecturing at the Yeats International Summer School. His most recent scholarly work includes an edited edition of Yeats's writings titled When You Are Old: Early Poems, Plays, and Fairly Tales (Penguin Classics, 2015). His monograph is Deep-Rooted Things: Empire and Nation in the Poetry and Drama of William Butler Yeats (University of Notre Dame, 2006).
Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, where he taught for 36 years. His books include Shakespeare’s Tragic Imagination (Macmillan, 1992), The Politics of Irish Drama (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Yeats's Poetic Codes (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Home on the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His most recent publication is the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (Oxford University Press, 2016), co-edited with Chris Morash.
Joseph M. Hassett is a lawyer and literary scholar residing in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Canisius College and Harvard Law School, holds a Ph.D. in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, and was a visiting scholar at St. John’s College, Oxford. His conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts appeared on C-Span television. He is the author of W.B. Yeats and the Muses, published by Oxford University Press in 2010, and The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law, published by Lilliput Press in 2016.
Rosie Lavan teaches Irish literature in the School of English at Trinity College, Dublin. She has just completed a monograph on Seamus Heaney, and her current research considers representations of the city of Derry in literature, photography, and documentary film.
Joep Leerssen is Professor of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam. His books Mere Irish and Fíor-Ghael (1986) and Remembrance and Imagination (1996) helped establish the interdisciplinary field of Irish Studies. Leerssen’s work deals with the rise of cultural nationalism in 19th-century Europe, and the role of literature, historicism, and ethnic stereotyping in that process (National Thought in Europe, 2006; Imagology, 2007; Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe, 2016). Leerssen held visiting appointments at Harvard, Cambridge, Göttingen, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure; he is a recipient of the Spinoza Prize and of a Royal Netherlands Academy Professorship; he is an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.
Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. She was previously Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture. Her many books include The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Dreams of Modernity: Literature, Cinema, Psychoanalysis (Cambridge University Press, 2014). She is currently working on a book on the concept of 'rhythm' in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts.
Jill Wharton recently completed her Ph.D. in English and Irish literature at the University of Notre Dame. Her current research considers Anglo-Irish Big House fiction as part of a transatlantic archive of writing on the 20th century plantation and the agrarian search for tradition. Her dissertation examines novels by Elizabeth Bowen, Eudora Welty, and Molly Keane. Jill has published with Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, is a member of the International James Joyce Foundation, and the American Conference for Irish Studies. She been a participant in the International Network for Comparative Humanities since 2013.
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