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Dr Philip Coleman B.A. (NUI), M.A. (Dub), M.Phil. (Dub), Ph.D. (Dub), F.T.C.D

Associate Professor, Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate)


Research and Teaching Interests

I came to Trinity in 1995, having read for a BA in English and Philosophy in University College Cork. After completing an MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature in TCD in 1996, I wrote a PhD thesis on the poetry of John Berryman, which I completed in 2001. My first academic appointments were in UCD as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2002) and in UCC as a Temporary Lecturer (2002-03). I was appointed to a Lectureship in English (Broad Curriculum) in Trinity in 2003. In 2006 I was appointed to a permanent lectureship in English Studies (Literature of the Americas), and in 2006-07 I was first Director of the MPhil in Literatures of the Americas program in Trinity. In 2008 and 2012 I was Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and in 2009 I was Visiting Professor in the English Department at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. In 2015 I was made a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

My research to date has focused mainly on US American poetry and contemporary short fiction. Recent publications in these areas include the volumes George Saunders: Critical Essays (co-edited with Steve Gronert Ellerhoff, 2017) and John Berryman: Centenary Essays (co-edited with Peter Campion, 2017). Other recent publications are BLAST at 100: A Modernist Magazine Reconsidered (with Kathryn Milligan and Nathan O’Donnell, 2017), Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace (2015), John Berryman’s Public Vision: re-locating ‘the scene of disorder’ (2014) and Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse (2014). I have also recently completed or published essays on topics including the short story and the city, the poetry of Peter Gizzi, Flannery O'Connor and contemporary Irish fiction, Dylan Thomas and US American poetry, John Berryman and transnationalism and affinities between Irish and Hungarian poetry. A full list of my publications to date is available here:

With Calista McRae (New Jersey Institute of Technology), I am currently working on the preparation of an edition of John Berryman's literary correspondence, under contract to Harvard University Press. I am also committed to writing a critical biography of the Irish poet Pearse Hutchinson. More generally, I am interested in the relationship between philosophy and poetry. The research for that project is being done partly under the guidance of colleagues in Trinity’s Department of Philosophy, where I am a part-time student of the MPhil in Philosophy taught postgraduate programme.

I have served on the editorial board of Metre magazine and I was executive editor of the official journal of the Irish Association for American Studies, (IJASonline), for its first two issues. I have also served on the Board of the Irish Association for American Studies, the Committee for Literatures in English of the Royal Irish Academy, and Literature Ireland (formerly the Ireland Literature Exchange). I am a committee member of the European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR), a member of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association and a Fellow of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies. I occasionally review books of poetry for journals and magazines including Poetry Ireland Review, the Dublin Review of Books, and the Edinburgh Review.

I welcome the opportunity to supervise postgraduate research projects across the fields of modern and contemporary Anglophone poetry and fiction. Students working under my supervision have completed PhDs on a variety of topics, including the Black Mountain poets, David Foster Wallace, Raymond Carver, Roberto Bolaño, Delmore Schwartz, representations of animality in American poetry, Ted Hughes’ engagements with American literature, the short fiction of Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut, the poetics of e.e. cummings and Mina Loy, Asian-American poetry and Canadian short fiction. I welcome inquiries from students interested in doing doctoral research in these and related fields.

I contribute lectures and seminars to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules offered by the School of English. In 2017-18 I will teach Sophister options on BLAST and US American short fiction, and I will also coordinate the Senior Freshman module ‘Introduction to Modernism’. On the MPhil in Literatures of the Americas programme I teach a module on New England literary culture from the seventeenth century to the present.


Dr Philip Coleman
Room 4020
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Telephone: +353-1-896 1907



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