Dr Tom Walker B.A. (Oxford), M.Phil (Dublin), D.Phil (Oxford)Ussher Assistant Professor in Irish Writing
Research and Teaching Interests
I came to Trinity in 2011, after completing my doctorate and then working as a lecturer at the University of Oxford. My main research and teaching interests are focussed on twentieth-century Irish writing (especially poetry). I also have broader research interests in the relationship between literature and the other arts, the place of literature on the radio, and questions of literary allusion and collaboration.
I recently published the book-length study Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time. This drew on extensive archival research on both sides of the Irish Sea and the Atlantic to illuminate MacNeice's considerable contact with Irish literary networks and with contemporaneous Irish poetry. I am now primarily undertaking a project entitled 'Yeats and the Writing of Art,' which was recently awarded funding by the Irish Research Council. This examines the work of W.B. Yeats through the prism of nineteenth and twentieth-century art writing – encompassing the many textual forms through which art spectatorship and writing were combined during the period, ranging from aesthetic philosophy to art history to exhibition reviews to ekphrastic poems. Research into other aspects of Irish Writing has resulted in publications on the work of Denis Johnston, Flann O'Brien, Derek Mahon, Austin Clarke, John McGahern and Patrick McCabe, as well as forthcoming essays on Patrick Kavanagh, Richard Murphy and the radio, and the influence of Dylan Thomas on contemporary Irish Poetry.
I teach on a wide range of undergraduate courses. In recent years, this has included offering specialist options on 'Northern Irish Literature and the Troubles,' 'Art Writing' and 'Yeats and the Making of Modern Irish Poetry.' I also contribute various classes and seminars to the M.Phil in Irish Writing. I currently supervise several PhD projects and am always interested to hear from potential research students.
Professor Tom Walker
School of English
Telephone: 00353 1 896 4353