Recent Work

‘Seamus Heaney: The Last Word’  has appeared as a blog on the OUP site, 14 November 2013. http://blog.oup.com/2013/11/seamus-heaney-the-last-word

‘Side views of the self’ [an essay on Paul Auster prompted by his memoir Winter Journal], Dublin Review of Books, issue 42, October 7th; http://www.drb.ie/essays/-in-category/categories/issue-42-october-7th-2013 .

‘Becoming Henry James, becoming Colm Toibin’ is in The Threepenny Review,  136, Winter 2014, out 1December 2013.

Two blogs were published on the Generation Emigration site of the Irish Times: ‘Listening to Emigrants: Then and Now’, 25 March 2014′ and ‘Exiles, emigrants, the diaspora . . . what word best describes the Irish abroad?’ 21 May 2014.

‘John Doyle’s A Great Feast of Light‘ on Salon, 17 June 2014; http://www.lindleith.com/posts/view/324

A talk on literary biography and memoir at Atwater Library, Montreal, in the series ‘Words Out Loud’, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, 16 May 2013.

‘The “anonymous sky” and the ‘high ground”: John McGahern in the Eighties.’ Queens University Belfast, March 2013.

‘Reflections on Otherwhere’, Breac: An Online Journal of Irish Studies, March 2013.

‘Language and Landscape: John McGahern’s Poetics,’ IASIL Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, July 2012.

‘Transatlantic Tóibín: Colm Tóibín and Henry James,’ Canadian Association of Irish Studies conference, University of Ottawa, 22 June 2012.

‘Joyce’s Way: Joyce, Brian Moore and Montreal’, Bloomsday Montreal, McGill University, 15 June 2012.

‘John McGahern: The Artist and his Reputations’, Keynote address, Conference on John McGahern, University of Swansea, April 2011.

‘Belonging and Becoming: J.M. Coetzee’s Identities’ Dublin Review of Books, 20, December 2011

‘Reflections on Attachment’, Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, 6: 2 (January 2012)

‘Once upon a life story . . .’ Blog posted on OUP website, 22 February 2012.  blog.oup.com/2012/02/biography-writing-life-story

Review: All A Novelist Needs: Colm Tóibín on Henry James, ed. Susan M. Griffin.  Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. (38:1)

Contributions to Books

“The Solitary Hero,” in The John McGahern Yearbook 3, editor John Kenny. Galway: NUIG, 2010.

“Reading a Life,” in The John McGahern Yearbook 2, editor, John Kenny. Galway: NUIG, 2009.

“‘Voice Itself’: the loss and recovery of boyhood in Irish memoir,” in Modern Irish Autobiography : Self, Nation and Society, editor Liam Harte. Basingstoke, Hamps.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

“Autobiography and Fiction: Mock-Heroic Males and a ‘More Real Authority’,” in Ireland: The Haunted Ark, editors Cecil J. Houston and Joseph Leydon. Toronto: Celtic Arts, 1996.

“The Theatre of Thomas Kilroy: Boxes of Words,” in Perspectives of Irish Theatre and Drama, editors Jacqueline Genet and Richard Allen Cave. Savage, Maryland: Barnes and Noble, 1991; Bucks. England: Colin Smythe, 1991.

“The Big House in Sean O’Faolain’s Fiction,” in The Big House in Ireland: Reality and Representation, editor Jacqueline Genet. Dingle, Ireland: Brandon, 1991.

Earlier contributions to books: Analyses of stories by William Carleton, Edna O’Brien, Mary Lavin, William Trevor, Sean O’Faolain, and Mavis Gallant, in Masterplots II : Short Stories, and of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Green Fool in Masterplots II: Non-fiction.

Editor

Guest Editor, Special Issue on John McGahern, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 17: 1 (July 1991).

Contributions to Journals

 “All a Novelist Needs: Colm Toibin on Henry James” (review) Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 36: 2 (Fall 2010)

“‘The day set alight in the mind’: notes on John McGahern’s late style.” (article) Irish University Review. 39: 1 (Spring 2009).

“‘Sacred Weather’: A Reading of John McGahern’s Memoir.” (article) Irish Review. 34 (2006)

“Chris Arthur, Irish Haiku.” (review) An Sionnach: A Journal of Irish Studies. 1: 2 (Fall  2005).

“‘Open to the World’: A Reading of John McGahern’s That They May Face the Rising Sun.” (article)  Irish University Review (Special Issue on John McGahern). 35: 1 (Spring 2005).

“Elizabeth Grubgeld, Anglo-Irish Autobiography: Class, Gender, and the Forms of Narrative and Johannes Wally, Selected Twentieth Century Anglo-Irish Autobiographies: Theory and Patterns of Self-Representation.” (review) Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 30: 2 (2005).

“Chris Arthur, Irish Willow.” (review essay) Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 29: 1 (2004).

“Mavis Gallant’s ‘Voices Lost in Snow’: The Origins of Fiction.” (article) Journal of the Short Story in English. (Special Issue on Canadian short fiction) 42 (Spring 2004).

 “‘Bleak Splendour’: Notes for an Unwritten Biography of William Trevor.” Colby Quarterly. (Special Issue on William Trevor) 38: 3 (Fall 2002).

“The ‘Rich Whole’: John McGahern’s Collected Stories as Autobiography.” (article)  Journal of the Short Story in English. 34 (Spring 2000).

“A Conversation with Cathal Black, Irish Film-maker.” (feature)  Irish Literary Supplement. 19: 1 (Spring 2000).

“Chris Arthur, Irish Nocturnes” (review essay) Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 26: 1 (June 2000).

“Irish Studies, Studying Irish: ‘signatures on your own frequency.’” (article) Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 25: 1 & 2 (1999)

“Brian Moore, The Magician’s Wife” (review). The Recorder: The Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society. 11: 1 (Spring 1998).

“Brian Moore and The Truth of Events” (review-article on Moore’s The Statement and Robert Sullivan’s A Matter of Faith: The Fiction of Brian Moore). Irish Literary Supplement. 16 :1 (Spring 1997).

“George O’Brien, Out of Our Minds” (review). Irish Literary Supplement. 14: 2 (Fall 1995).

“Donald Akenson, Conor: A Biography of Conor Cruise O’Brien” (review). Eire-Ireland: A Journal of Irish Studies. 30: 2 (Summer 1995)

“‘Home: A Moscow of the Mind’: Notes on Brian Moore’s Transition to North America” (article). Colby Quarterly. 31: 1 (March 1995).

“John Wilson Foster, Colonial Consequences: Essays in Irish Literature and Culture” (review). English Studies in Canada.  (Fall 1994)

The Collected Stories of John McGahern” (review). Irish Literary Supplement. 2:2 (Fall 1993).

“Colm Toibin, The Heather Blazing” (review). Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 19: 1 (July 1993).

“John McGahern, The Power of Darkness” (review). Irish Literary Supplement 11:2 (Fall 1992).

“The Lost Image: Some Notes on McGahern and Proust” (article). Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 17: 1 (July 1991).

“Introducing John McGahern” (article). Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 17: 1 (July 1991).

“A Conversation with John McGahern”  Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 17: 1 (July 1991).

“John McGahern: A Preliminary Checklist” (bibliography). Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 17: 1 (July 1991).

Earlier Publications: Articles and reviews in Irish University Review, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and Irish Literary Supplement.

Conferences and Public Lectures

‘John McGahern: The Artist and his Reputations.’ University of Swansea, April 2011.

‘John McGahern: Journeys Home.’ St Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin, April 2010.

‘The Solitary Hero.’ John McGahern International Seminar, Carrick-on-Shannon, July 2009.

“O’Flaherty and Stuart: Two Memoirs of the Thirties.” IASIL, Prague, July 2005.

“‘The day set alight in the mind’: Notes on John McGahern’s late style.” CAIS, Maynooth, June  2005.

“The ‘Rich Whole’: John McGahern’s Collected Stories as Autobiography.” Colloquium on the Irish and Irish-American Short Story, Nashville, March 2000.

“A Tribute to Brian Moore,” Opening, Montreal International Literary Festival, April 1999.

“Writing Literary Biography,” Montreal International Literary Festival, April 1999.

“Brian Moore: Irish-Canadian Novelist,”  St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, March 1999.

“Teaching the Novels of Brian Moore,” Conference of College Teachers of English, Montreal, November 1998.

“James Joyce, Irish Exile,” Trinity College, Dublin, July 1998.

“Brian Moore, Irish/Canadian Novelist?  A Biographical Approach.” CAIS, Ottawa, May 1998.

Panel Member for Round Table Discussion on Fiction and Film; and Introduction to the film “The December Bride.”  A Festival of Contemporary Irish Film, Montreal, February 1998.

“Mangan’s ‘Autobiography’ and Brian Moore’s Victorian Inheritance.”  CAIS, Charletown, P.E.I., May 1996.

“John McGahern and Brian Moore.” ACIS, Cork, Ireland, July 1995.

“‘Exiled from the I’: The Prose Autobiographies of Patrick Kavanagh.” IASIL, Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 1995.

Vive Moi! The Autobiographies of Sean O’Faolain.” ACIS, Omaha, Nebraska, April 1994.

“Autobiographical Acts: Mock-heroic Males and ‘a more real authority’.” CAIS, Toronto, March 1994.

“‘Home, a Moscow of the Mind’: Brian Moore’s Fiction.” CAIS, Lennoxville, Canada, February 1993.

“W.B. Yeats and John McGahern.” ACIS, Galway, Ireland, July 1993.

Earlier conference papers: ACIS, IASIL, and Colloque du groupe de recherches en études irlandaise aux universités françaises.

Memoir and Personal Essays

“Occasional McGahern.” The Dublin Review, 38 (Spring 2010)

“Chinese Lessons.” (memoir) The Dublin Review,  36 (Autumn 2009)

“The Zealot and the Country Boy.” (memoir) Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Spring/Summer 2005

“Achill Ballast.” (memoir) Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Spring/Summer  2005

“Seeing Off Auntie Nun.” (memoir) The Dublin Review. 17 (Winter 2004).

“A Biography Not Written.” (memoir). The Dublin Review. 4 (Autumn 2001).

“The Enigma of Normandy.” (travel memoir). Brick: A Literary Journal. 68. (Fall, 2001)

“Banned: A Memoir of Edna O’Brien.” Brick: A Literary Journal. No. 64 (Spring 2000).

Two other personal essays were short-listed in the annual Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Competitions, in 1998 and 2002.

 

Newspaper Reviews

Among books reviewed for the National Post and the Montreal Gazette are Colm Toibin,  The Blackwater Lightship and The Master; Edna O’Brien, James Joyce; Thomas Kenneally, The Great Shame; John Butler Yeats, Letters; Patricia Hampl,  I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory; Phyllis Grosskurth, Elusive Subject: A Biographer’s Life; W.J. McCormack, Fool of the Family: A Life of J. M. Synge; Peter Sheridan, 44: A Dublin Memoir; John Bayley, Elegy for Iris; Arthur and Barbara Gelb, O’Neill: Life with Monte Cristo; W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz; Albert and Teresa Moritz, Stephen Leacock: A Life.

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