“Beyond the Lines of Poetry”: Ethnic Traditions and Imaginative Interventions in Irish-American Poetics'
My research interests cover the modernist period, focusing in the main on Irish and American literature, transatlantic exchange, and modern and contemporary poetry. In 2013 I completed a monograph, American Literature and Irish Culture, 1910–1955: the politics of enchantment (MUP, 2013), which was reissued as a paperback in early 2017. The monograph discusses how modernist American writers (including Fitzgerald, Moore, O’Neill, Steinbeck and Stevens) engaged with Irish culture, and underlines the importance of Ireland as a locus of inspiration for American modernism. I continue to write on Moore in particular, and have recently published an article on Moore and England for a special issue of Modernist Cultures (2016), ed. David Barnes, on 'New Transatlanticisms'. A forthcoming book chapter discusses Moore's preoccupation with dictionary definitions and 'lyrical lexicons', to be published in an edited collection on Poetry and the Dictionary, ed. Andrew Blades and Piers Pennington (2017).
Since hosting a conference in Oxford in 2010 on 'The idea of influence in American literature', I have also been interested more generally in questions of transatlantic exchange. I set up and continue to convene the Faculty's 'Transatlantic Literature in Context' seminar, which has been running since 2012. This has led to an essay collection, recently published with Routledge (March 2017), entitled Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture, co-edited with Doug Haynes and developed from seminar papers given at Oxford (among others). An article entitled '"Beyond the Lines of Poetry": Ethnic Traditions and Imaginative Interventions' was published in February 2017 as part of the Oxford Handbooks Online series. I also published recently a shorter article on 'T. S. Eliot, 1922 and transatlantic modernism' in The London Magazine (August/ September 2017). Additionally, in late 2015 I published a survey article on 'Transatlantic Poetics' in Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Relations.
Since working for Prof. John Kelly on the Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats in 2007–9 I have developed concurrently my interests in W. B. Yeats. This has led to several publications, including a chapter on 'Yeats and the Ghost Club' for an edited collection on Irish writers in London, and a book chapter on Yeats and contemporary American poetry and song for Navigating the Transnational. Together with a forthcoming chapter on the Irish poet Richard Murphy and his sonnet sequence The Price of Stone, my ongoing interests in Yeats have also informed my new longer-term project, a book-length study on the idea of the 'Irish sonnet' within twentieth-century literature entitled provisionally The Modern Irish Sonnet: from Anecdote to Anarchy.
I am also Book Reviews Editor for the new journal of the International Yeats Society: International Yeats Studies (IYS); and for the academic years 2017-2019 I am the Academic Programme Director for the Rothermere American Institute.
For OUDCE: Foundation Certificate in English Literature (Modernism, Critical Reading, Literary Theory); weekly classes in Irish literature, American literature, and poetry; graduate supervision.
For the English Faculty: Dissertation topics within Irish and American literature, modernism, and modern and contemporary literature; M.St. supervision; DPhil supervision (as below).
DPhil supervision: I have recently supervised two DPhil topics -- the first on Thomas McGreevy, Irish modernism and the avant-garde; the second on the 'inbetweenness' of William Trevor.
My D.Phil, which I completed at the end of 2007, was entitled 'Irish by descent': Marianne Moore, Irish writers and the American-Irish inheritance. For more information, see: http://ora.ouls.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:bf87b5ea-4baa-4a46-9509-2c59e738e2a1
I also have an academic blog, which gives further details of my research activities and writing projects.