ROMANTIC NATIONALISM: HISTORY AND ILLUSION IN IRELAND
My work explores the links between literature and its wider intellectual history – particularly moral and political philosophy – in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have a particular interest in Irish writing. My first book – The Great Community (Field Day, 2008) – examined the evolution of cultural nationalism in Ireland from Edmund Burke to W. B. Yeats. I edited (with Christopher Insole) The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke and have published essays on, amongst others, Rousseau, Heidegger and Woolf. I am currently completing Liberty, Equality and Humbug: George Orwell and Western Political Ideals for Oxford University Press.
• Undergraduate: Literature in English, 1830-1910; Literature in English, 1900-Present; Paper 6: Literature and Revolution
• Graduate: MSt, 1900-Present (C-Course ‘The Politics of Irish Literature’)