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. My most recent mongraph - Liberty, Equality and Humbug: Orwell's Political Ideals - will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
• Undergraduate: Literature in English, 1830-1910; Literature in English, 1900-Present; Paper 6: Literature and Revolution
• Graduate: MSt, 1900-Present (C-Course: ‘Modernism and Philosophy’)