Nicholas Grene
Fellow Emeritus, English


Born in the United States, educated in Ireland and the UK; married with four children.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

W.B. Yeats in, editor(s)Gerald Dawe , Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp88 - 100, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2018

'The Physical and Verbal Theatre of Michael West' in, editor(s)Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost , Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmilla, 2017, pp91 - 98, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2017

Inside the house: Synge's Stage places in, editor(s)Rhona Richman Kenneally and Lucy McDiarmid , The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2017, pp125 - 140, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2017

Nicholas Grene, The Theatre of Tom Murphy: Playwright Adventurer, London, Bloomsbury, 2017, xv + 252pp Book, 2017

Henry VI to Richard III: forgetting, foreshadowing, remembering in, editor(s)Andrew Hiscock and Lina Perkins Wilder , The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory, London and New York, Routldege, 2017, pp180 - 190, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2017

Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, xxix + 764 pp.pp Book, 2016

Defining performers and performances in, editor(s)Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash , The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp459 - 477, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2016

Irish English as a Literary Language: Authority and Subversion in, editor(s)Carine Berberi and Martine Pelletier , Ireland: Authority and Crisis, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2015, pp15 - 32, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2015

Snapshots: a year in the life of a theatre judge in, editor(s)Donald E. Morse , Irish Theatre in Transition, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp162 - 177, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2015

Nicholas Grene, An Interview with Garry Hynes, Irish University Review, 45, (1), 2015, p117 - 125 Journal Article, 2015

Nicholas Grene, Urban Alienation and Mental Geography in McPherson's Dublin, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 20, (2), 2015, p51 - 58 Journal Article, 2015

W.B. Yeats in, editor(s)Brad Kent , George Berrnard Shaw in Context, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp44 - 50, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2015

Nicholas Grene, Yeats and the Mythopoeia of Parnell, The Yeats Journal of Korea, 46, 2015, p21 - 34 Journal Article, 2015

Nicholas Grene, Home on the stage: domestic spaces in modern drama, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014, x + 249 pp.pp Book, 2014

Chekhov and the Irish big house in, editor(s)Ros Dixon and Irina Ruppo Malone , Ibsen and Chekhov on the Irish stage, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2012, pp139 - 148, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2012

'Tom Murphy: playwright adventurer' in, W.E. Vaughan , The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin 1712-2012, Dublin, Fourt Courts Press, 2012, pp377 - 388, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2012

Brian Cliff and Nicholas Grene (eds.), Synge and Edwardian Ireland, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, xviii + 257 pp.pp Book, 2012

Nicholas Grene and Patrick Lonergan, Irish Drama: Local and Global Perspectives, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2012, viii + 178 pp.pp Book, 2012

Elizabeth Bowen: In-Between States in, editor(s)Munira H. Mutran, Laura P.Z. Izarra, Beatriz Kopschitz X. Bastos , A Garland of Words, Sao Paulo, Humanitas, 2011, pp371 - 377, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2011

Nicholas Grene, R.K. Narayan, Tavistock, Devon, Northcote House, 2011, xvii + 136 pp.pp Book, 2011

Contemporary Irish Theatre: the Way We Live Now? in, editor(s)Werner Huber, Margarete Rubik, Julia Novak , Contemporary Drama in English: Staging Interculturality, Trier, Wissenschlaftliker Verlag Trier, 2010, pp177 - 193, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2010

Nicholas Grene and Deirdre McFeely, Shaw Productions in Ireland, 1900-2009, SHAW: the Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, 30, 2010, p236 - 259 Journal Article, 2010

J.M. Synge in, editor(s)David Holdeman and Ben Levitas , Yeats in Context, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp139 - 147, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2010

Nicholas Grene, Mutabilitie: in search of Shakespeare, Irish University Review, 40, (1), 2010, p92 - 100 Journal Article, 2010

Brian Friel in, editor(s)Martine Middeke and Peter Paul Schnierer , The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary Irish Playwrights, London, Methuen Drama, 2010, pp89 - 111, [Nicholas Gren] Book Chapter, 2010

Voice and violence in Murphy in, editor(s)Christopher Murray , Alive in Time: The Enduring Drama of Tom Murphy: New Essays, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2010, pp25 - 37, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2010

Nicholas Grene, Friel and his 'Sisters', Ilha do Desterro, 58, 2010, p99 - 111 Journal Article, 2010 URL TARA - Full Text

Nicholas Grene (editor), J.M. Synge, Travelling Ireland: Essays 1898-1908, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2009, lii + 185pp Book, 2009

Synge in Performance in, editor(s)P.J. Mathews , Cambridge Companion to J.M. Synge, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp149 - 161, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2009

Nicholas Grene, Brian Friel and the Sovereignty of Language, Irish Theatre International, 2, (1), 2009, p38 - 47 Journal Article, 2009

Faith Healer in New York and Dublin in, editor(s)John P. Harrington , Irish Theater in America, Syracuse, NY, Syracuse University Press, 2009, pp138 - 146, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2009

Nicholas Grene, Place in Irish Drama, Anglo-Saxonica, 27 (serie II), 2009, p107 - 121 Journal Article, 2009

Beckett and Irish drama: an offstage presence in, editor(s)Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Veronique Simon , Beckett: Ecrans de silence / Beckett: Screens of Silence, Brno, Compostela Group of Universities/Masaryk University Press, 2008, pp93 - 106, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2008

Nicholas Grene, Yeats's Poetic Codes, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008, xi + 247pp Book, 2008

Nicholas Grene, Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara, New Mermaids, London, Methuen Drama, 2008, xxxviii + 167pp Book, 2008

Nicholas Grene, The Hibernicization of En Attendant Godot, Etudes Irlandaises, 33, (2), 2008, p135 - 144 Journal Article, 2008

Owning our History: the Family Plays of Sebastian Barry in, editor(s)Laura P.Z. Izarra & Beatriz Kopschitz X. Bastos , A New Ireland in Brazil: Festschrift in Honour of Munira Hamud Mutran, Sao Paulo, Humanitas, 2008, pp155 - 162, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2008

Nicholas Grene and Patrick Lonergan with Lilian Chambers (editors), Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2008, xiv + 388 pppp Book, 2008

John Devitt, Nicholas Grene, Chris Morash, Shifting Scenes: Irish Theatre-Going, 1955-1985, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2008, 108pp Book, 2008

Yeats and Dates in, editor(s)Nicholas Allen and Eve Patten , That Island Never Found: Essays and Poems for Terence Brown, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2007, pp35 - 52, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2007

Nicholas Grene, The Abbey: National Theatre or Little Theatre?, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 1, (1), 2007, p211 - 220 Journal Article, 2007

Cloudscapes: Shakespeare, Yeats, Beckett ... Mahon in, editor(s)Michael Hinds, Peter Denman and Margaret Kelleher , The Irish Reader: Essays for John Devitt, Dublin, Otium Press, 2007, pp19 - 29, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2007

Nicholas Grene, Shaw and conversion, SHAW: the Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, 27, 2007, p59 - 68 Journal Article, 2007

Nicholas Grene, Going West: American and Irish Drama, An Sionnach: A Journal of Literature, Culture and the Arts, 3, (2), 2007, p175 - 177 Journal Article, 2007

Black Pastoral: 1990s Images of Ireland in, editor(s)Martin Prochazka , After History, Prague, Litteraria Pragensia, 2006, pp243 - 255, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2006

Tom Murphy: Famine and Dearth in, editor(s)George Cusack and Sarah Goss , Hungry Words: Images of Famine in the Irish Canon, Dublin; Portland, OR, Irish Academic Press, 2006, pp245 - 262, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2006

Nicholas Grene, Irish Drama and the Occlusion of Influence, Princeton University Library Chronicle, LXVIII, (1-2), 2006, p503 - 515 Journal Article, 2006

Five ways of looking at Faith Healer in, editor(s)Anthony Roche , The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp53 - 65, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2006

Out of History: from The Steward of Christendom to Annie Dunne in, editor(s)Christina Hunt Mahony , Out of History: Essays on the Writings of Sebastian Barry, Dublin; Washington DC, Carysfort Press; Catholic University of America Press, 2006, pp167 - 182, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2006

Reality Check: Authenticity from Synge to McDonagh in, editor(s)Munira H. Mutran & Laura P.Z. Izarra , Irish Studies in Brazil, Sao Paulo, Associacao Editorial Humanitas, 2005, pp69 - 88, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2005

Nicholas Grene, Long Day's Journey into Night: The Tyrones at Home in America, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 11, (2), 2005, p109 - 119 Journal Article, 2005

Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash , Irish Theatre on Tour: Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series 1, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2005, xix + 229 pp Book, 2005

Nicholas Grene, Ireland in two minds: Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson, The Yearbook of English Studies, 35, 2005, p298 - 311 Journal Article, 2005

Plays and Controversies in, editor(s)Christopher Fitz-simon , Players and Painted Stage, Dublin, New Island, 2004, pp23 - 28, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2004

'Two London Playboys: Before and After Druid' in, editor(s)Adrian Frazier , Playboys of the Western World: Production Histories, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2004, pp75 - 86, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2004

'Redesigning the Playboy' in, editor(s)Adrian Frazier , Playboys of the Western World: Production Histories, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2004, pp125 - 128, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2004

Nicholas Grene, Raja Rao and the Irish Literary Revival, Journal of Literature and Aesthetics, 3, (1-2), 2003, p7 - 16 Journal Article, 2003

Nicholas Grene, Shakespeare's Serial History Plays, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002 Book, 2002

Nicholas Grene, Interpreting Synge: Essays from the Synge Summer School 1991-2000, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2000 Book, 2000

Nicholas Grene, The Politics of Irish Drama, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1999 Book, 1999

Dan H. Laurence Nicholas Grene, Shaw, Lady Gregory and the Abbey: a Correspondence and a Record, Gerrards Cross, Colin Smythe, 1993 Book, 1993

Nicholas Grene, Shakespeare's Tragic Imagination, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1992 Book, 1992

Nicholas Grene, Bernard Shaw: a Critical View, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1984 Book, 1984

Nicholas Grene, Shakespeare, Jonson, Moliere: the Comic Contract, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1980 Book, 1980

Nicholas Grene, Synge: a Critical Study of the Plays, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1975 Book, 1975

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Samuel Beckett: Waiting for the End in, editor(s)Gerald Dawe, Darryl Jones and Nora Pelizzari , Beautiful Strangers: Ireland and the World of the 1950s, Oxford et al, Peter Lang, 2013, pp21 - 34, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2013

J.M. Synge: Playwright and Traveller in, editor(s)Micheal de Mordha , Ceiliuradh an Bhlascaoid 14: John Millington Synge, Baile Atha Cliath, Coisceim, 2012, pp55 - 73, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2012

Nicholas Grene, Nothing Quite Like It: an American-Irish Childhood, Bantry, Somerville Press, 2011 Book, 2011

Nicholas Grene, Seeing differently: the vision of Hubert Butler, Journal of the Butler Society, 5, (2), 2011, p206 - 224 Journal Article, 2011

Trends and Gaps in Irish Studies in, editor(s)Christina Hunt Mahony, Laura Izarra, Elizabeth Malcolm, John P. Harrington, Ondrej Pilny, Catriona Crowe , The Future of Irish Studies: the Report of the Irish Forum, Prague, Irish Forum; Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, 2006, pp8 - 15, [Nicholas Grene, Patrick Crotty] Book Chapter, 2006

Introduction in, Tom Murphy, Plays: 5, London, Methuen, 2006, ppix - xiii, [Nicholas Grene] Book Chapter, 2006

Nicholas Grene, Talking about Tom Murphy, Dublin, Carysfort Press, 2002 Book, 2002

Research Expertise


Drama and theatre, especially Shakespeare, Synge, Shaw and modern Irish drama; poetry of Yeats. Most recent publications include a book on Indian novelist R.K. Narayan.


  • Title
    • Irish Theatrical Diaspora
  • Summary
    • An international research network committed to the study of the production and reception of Irish drama inside and outside Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • September 2007
  • Date To
    • August 2010


17th Century drama; Anglo-Irish literature, poetry; Indian literature in English; Irish writing, poetry, Drama, cinema; Shakespeare



Vice-chair (Ireland), International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, 2001-9 Trustee, Ireland Chair of Poetry, 2010-

Awards and Honours

Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship, University of Cambridge 1969-72

Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge 1989

Andrew W. Mellon Award Fellow, Huntington Library, Pasadena, California 1994


Member of the Royal Irish Academy; Vice-chair (Ireland), International Association from the Study of Irish Literatures