Philip Coleman
Associate Professor, English

Biography

I am a specialist in American literature with a particular interest in twentieth-century and contemporary poetry and short fiction, and this is reflected in my research and teaching career to date. I have been a full-time member of staff in Trinity since 2003. I was born in Cashel, Co Tipperary, in 1972, and I grew up in the town of Cahir. After completing my Leaving Certificate in St Joseph's College (1989) I attended Cork Regional Technical College, where I completed a National Certificate in Social Studies, before going to UCC to study English and Philosophy (1992-95). I first came to Trinity College Dublin in 1995 to read for an MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature and then did a PhD on US American poet John Berryman, under the supervision of Stephen Matterson. In part funded by the IRCHSS and the Fulbright Commission, which facilitated a research trip to the University of Minnesota in 1998, I completed my PhD in 2001. In that year I was Faculty of Arts Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English, UCD, and I took up my first full-time academic post as Lecturer in English at UCC in 2002. In October 2003 I returned to Trinity as Broad Curriculum Lecturer in English, a post I held until I was appointed to a permanent lectureship in Literature of the Americas in 2006. In 2007 I became the first Director of Trinity's MPhil in Literatures of the Americas. In 2015 I was elected to a Fellowship of TCD.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Philip Coleman and Steve Gronert Ellerhoff, George Saunders: Critical Essays, 1, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 1 - 286pp Book, 2017

"Thus he ran from home / toward home:" Influence and Authority in the Poetry of John Berryman in, editor(s)Tara Stubbs and Doug Haynes , Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture, New York, Routledge, 2017, pp180 - 200, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2017

Philip Coleman and Peter Campion, John Berryman: Centenary Essays, 1, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, Peter Lang, 2017, i - 314pp Book, 2017

Emily Bourke, Philip Coleman, Steve Gronert Ellerhoff, 'George Saunders: A Preliminary Bibliography', George Saunders: Critical Essays, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 190 - 205 Bibliography, filmography, etc., 2017

Introduction in, editor(s)Philip Coleman and Peter Campion , John Berryman: Centenary Essays, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, Peter Lang, 2017, pp1 - 9, [Philip Coleman and Peter Campion] Book Chapter, 2017

Philip Coleman, Flannery O'Connor and Contemporary Irish Fiction: Opening the Field, Flannery O'Connor Review, 14, 2016, p82 - 94 Journal Article, 2016

Philip Coleman and Clare Hayes-Brady, Introduction, Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, 5.1&2, 2015, p5 - 9 Journal Article, 2015

Philip Coleman, A Kind of Compass, Review of A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance, by Belinda McKeon , Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, 5.1&2, 2015, p123-125 Review, 2015

Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, 5.1&2, (2015), 1 - 136p, Philip Coleman and Clare Hayes-Brady, [eds.] Journal, 2015

On David Foster Wallace in, editor(s)Philip Coleman , Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace, Ipswich, Massachusetts, Salem Press, 2015, pp3 - 25, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2015

Philip Coleman, Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace, 1, Ipswich, Massachusetts, Salem Press, 2015, 1-322pp Book, 2015

'"Seeking quiddity": Seeing Things in the Poetry of Carl Rakosi'' in, editor(s)Maria Stuart, Fionnghuala Sweeney and Fionnuala Dillane , Maintaining a Place: Conditions of Metaphor in Modern American Literature, Dublin, UCD Press, 2014, pp144 - 160, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2014

, ""Seeking quiddity": Seeing Things in the Poetry of Carl Rakosi"', Maintaining a Place: Conditions of Metaphor in Modern American Literature, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Writing Between: Hungarian Affinities in Contemporary Irish Poetry in, editor(s)Aidan O'Malley and Eve Patten , Ireland, West to East: Irish Cultural Connections with Central and Eastern Europe, Bern, Peter Lang, 2014, pp87 - 100, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2014

Minds Made by Madness? Enablements of Insanity in Modern American Poetry in, editor(s)Meldan Tanrisal and Tanfer Emin Tunç , The Health of the Nation, Heidelberg, Winter, 2014, pp155 - 167, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2014

Philip Coleman, John Berryman's Public Vision: relocating 'the scene of disorder', 1st, Dublin, UCD Press, 2014, i - 240pp Book, 2014 URL

Philip Coleman, Berryman's Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse, 1st, Dublin, Arlen House, 2014, 1 - 96pp Book, 2014

"Friend of my Youth": Alice Munro and the Power of Narrativity in, editor(s)Charles E. May , Alice Munro: Critical Insights, Ipswich, MA, Salem Press, 2012, pp160 - 174, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2012

Introduction in, editor(s)Philip Coleman and Stephen Matterson , "Forever Young"? : The Changing Images of America, Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag Winter Verlag, 2012, pp1 - 11, [Stephen Matterson and Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2012

Philip Coleman and Stephen Matterson, "Forever Young"? : The Changing Images of America. , 1, Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag Winter Verlag, 2012, 1 - 271pp Book, 2012

'From Findrum: Pearse Hutchinson in Conversation' in, editor(s)Philip Coleman and Maria Johnston , Reading Pearse Hutchinson: From Findrum to Fisterra, Dublin and Portland, Irish Academic Press, 2011, pp213 - 236, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2011

'He donat la meva vida al amor dels amics': Pearse Hutchinson and the poetics of friendship in, editor(s)Philip Coleman and Maria Johnston , Reading Pearse Hutchinson: From Findrum to Fisterra, Dublin and Portland, Irish Academic Press, 2011, pp59 - 72, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2011

"On Verse Letters" in, editor(s)Erik Martiny , A Companion to Poetic Genre, Oxford, Blackwells, 2011, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2011

Philip Coleman and Maria Johnston, Reading Pearse Hutchinson: From Findrum to Fisterra, Dublin and Portland, Irish Academic Press, 2011, i - 380pp Book, 2011

'Pearse Hutchinson: a Chronology' in, editor(s)Philip Coleman and Maria Johnston , Reading Pearse Hutchinson: From Findrum to Fisterra, Dublin and Portland, Irish Academic Press, 2011, pp1 - 6, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2011

"Hauntedness: Edgar Allan Poe and Chuck Palahniuk" in, editor(s)Helen Conrad-O Briain and Julie Anne Stevens , The Ghostly Genre, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2010, pp172 - 184, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2010

Philip Coleman, "The Absolute Dust of the Language": Reading George Szirtes, POST: the Journal of Poetry Studies, 2, (1), 2010, p23 - 28 Review Article, 2010

"Consider Berkeley & Co.: Reading 'Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way'" in, editor(s)David Hering , Consider David Foster Wallace, Los Angeles and Austin, SSMG Press, 2010, pp62 - 74, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2010

"Are you my general?": revising representation in "Eyes of Zapata" in, editor(s)Cecilia Donohue , Woman Hollering Creek: Critical Revisions, Amsterdam and New Jersey, Rodopi, 2010, pp115 - 129, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2010

Philip Coleman, 'At ease with elsewhere': Pearse Hutchinson's Transnational Poetics, Review of Miscellaneous works by Pearse Hutchinson, by Pearse Hutchinson , Dublin Review of Books, 1, (5), 2009 Review, 2009

"I am an experiment": reflections on science in American short fiction in, editor(s)Coleman, Philip , On literature and science: essays, reflections, provocations, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2007, pp173 - 189, [Coleman, Philip] Book Chapter, 2007

Introduction in, editor(s)Coleman, Philip , On literature and science: essays, reflections, provocations, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2007, pp13 - 23, [Coleman, Philip] Book Chapter, 2007

'After thirty Falls': new essays on John Berryman, Amsterdam and New Jersey, Rodopi, [co-editor], 2007 Editorial Board, 2007

Introduction in, editor(s)Byrne, James P. and Coleman, Philip and King, Jason , Ireland and the Americas: history, politics, culture, Santa Barbara and London, ABC-CLIO, 2007, pp1 - 3, [Coleman, Philip] Book Chapter, 2007

Ireland and the Americas: politics, history, culture,, Santa Barbara and London , ABC-CLIO, [co-editor], 2007 Editorial Board, 2007

Philip Coleman, William Austin, the Missing Man, The Short Story in English: Crossing Boundaries -- Proceedings of the 8th Interntational Conference of the Society for the Study of the Short Story, The Short Story in English: Crossing Boundaries, Alcala de Henares (Spain), 27-30 October 2004, edited by Gema Soledad Castillo Garcia, Maria Rosa Cabellos Castilla, Juan Antonio Sanchez Jimenez and Vincent Carlisle Espinola , Universidad de Alcala, 2007, pp230 - 240 Conference Paper, 2007

Love & Fame and the Self in Society in, editor(s)Coleman, Philip and McGowan, Philip , After thirty falls': new essays on John Berryman, Amsterdam and New Jersey, Rodopi, 2007, pp225 - 240, [Coleman, Philip] Book Chapter, 2007

On literature and science : essays, reflections, provocations , Dublin, Four Courts Press, [editor], 2007 Editorial Board, 2007

Introduction in, editor(s)Coleman, Philip and McGowan, Philip , 'After thirty Falls': new essays on John Berryman, Amsterdam and New Jersey, Rodopi, 2007, pp1 - 10, [Coleman, Philip] Book Chapter, 2007

"His eyes remained wide open on his world": John Berryman and World War II in, editor(s)Diederik Oostdijk and Markha G. Valenta , Stories of World War II, Amsterdam, VU University Press, 2006, pp16 - 25, [Philip Coleman] Book Chapter, 2006

Coleman, P., "Nightmares of Eden": John Berryman's Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 10, (--), 2004, p57 - 70 Journal Article, 2004

Coleman, P., Against Evangelism: Reflexions on Experimental Irish Poetry and its Critics, Religion Education and the Arts, 3, 2003, p96 - 99 Journal Article, 2003

Coleman. P., "His character is durity": on Carl Rakosi, Metre: an international journal of poetry, - - (15), 2003, p126 - 131 Journal Article, 2003

Coleman, P., "The Orgy": Muriel Rukeyser in West Kerry, New Voices in Irish Criticism, 4, 2003, p107 - 115 Journal Article, 2003

Coleman, P., "The Politics of Praise": John Berryman's Engagement with W.B. Yeats, Etudes Irlandaises, 28, (2), 2003, p11 - 27 Journal Article, 2003

Coleman, P., "At the end, at the edge": Reading Davie reading Niedecker, Metre: a magazine of international poetry, 14, (Autumn), 2003, p132 - 139 Journal Article, 2003

Coleman, P., "The Scene of Disorder": John Berryman's "Formal Elegy", Journal of American Studies , 8, (May), 2000, p201 - 223 Journal Article, 2000

Coleman, P., "What am I myself here doing?": Revisiting Henry in Dublin, Thumbscrew , 15, (Winter/Spring), 2000, p11 - 16 Journal Article, 2000

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Intentional Fallacy," "Expatriates," "Stephen Dobyns," "Louis Ginsberg," "August Kleinzahler," "Samuel Menashe," and "Carl Rakosi", Jeffrey Gray, James McCorkle, and Mary McAleer Balkun, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, 1st, Westport CT, Greenwood Press, 2005, [Philip Coleman] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2005

Research Expertise

Description

My primary research interests are in the areas of US American poetry and short fiction. I am particularly interested in the idea of public engagement in twentieth-century US American poetry, as reflected in my book _John Berryman's Public Vision_ (2014), and I have published several influential articles as well as edited collections (of essays and poetry) on Berryman, a major twentieth-century poet. I have also published articles and essays on other US American poets such as Carl Rakosi, Muriel Rukeyser, and Delmore Schwartz. I am a member of the European Network for Short Fiction Research, and I have published articles on the short fiction of William Austin, Edgar Allan Poe, Sandra Cisneros, Alice Munro, David Foster Wallace, and others. I am currently editing two collections of essays, one on Wallace and another on George Saunders. In addition to their considerations of particular poets and writers of short fiction, my research to date has also considered questions to do with literary influence, transatlantic literary and cultural exchange, and poetic affinities between US American, Irish and other poetries and cultures. I also have a long-term commitment to write a biography of the Irish poet Pearse Hutchinson, about whom I co-edited the first collection of critical essays. I have successfully supervised several MPhil and PhD dissertations in all of these fields.

Projects

  • Title
    • John Berryman: Selected Literary Correspondence
  • Summary
    • This volume, under contract to Harvard University Press, will include a generous selection of the US American poet John Berryman's literary correspondence with a wide range of important twentieth-century poets, from W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot to Robert Lowell, Adrienne Rich, Delmore Schwartz and James Meredith. The volume will also include Berryman's correspondence with important but forgotten figures such as Robert Bhain Campbell in the 1940s, as well as his epistolary exchanges with artists such as Ben Shahn and the philosopher/historian Erich Kahler.
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • December 2020
  • Title
    • Pearse Hutchinson: a Literary Life
  • Summary
    • This project will result in the publication of the first critical biography of the Irish poet Pearse Hutchinson (1927-2012). To date the bulk of the research has been focused on the Pearse Hutchinson archive at Maynooth University, which contains hundreds of unpublished manuscript letters, poems, and other documents by the poet, his family, friends and a wide cast of other figures. Engagement with manuscript material will constitute a central aspect of the project as it develops.
  • Date From
    • January 2015
  • Date To
    • December 2022

Keywords

American literature; American Poetry; Anglo-Irish literature, poetry; Contemporary poetry in English; Modernism; Short Fiction

Recognition

Representations

European Network for Short Fiction Research 2013-present

Board of Directors, Ireland Literature Exchange 2011-2016

Committee for the Study of Literatures in English, Royal Irish Academy 2011-13

Awards and Honours

Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2015

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship Oct 1999-Sept 2000

Trinity College Postgraduate Award Oct 1996-Oct 1999

Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange/Fulbright Scholarship Sept- Dec 1998

Memberships

Irish Association for American Studies

Irish Fulbright Alumni Association 1998 – Present

International Society for the Study of the Short Story

European Association for American Studies