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Dr Brian Cliff  B.A. (Michigan), M.Phil. (Dublin.), Ph.D. (Emory)Assistant Professor in Irish Studies and English

Research and Teaching Interests

(Dr Brian Cliff is on leave until Autumn 2018.)

Dr. Brian Cliff is Director of Trinity College Dublin's Moderatorship in Irish Studies, for which he offers and co-ordinates several courses: 'Theorising Ireland' and '19th Century Irish Writing.' In the School of English, he lectures on modern and contemporary Irish literature, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on community and contemporary Irish fiction. His other teaching interests include the Harlem Renaissance and the use of Golden Age comic books in contemporary American fiction. He previously taught at Emory University, Montclair State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

His primary research is in Irish culture and literature, and his current book project is 'Community and Contemporary Irish Literature.' This project focuses on writers who came of age in the 1960s and after, drawing on their work to examine a broader set of relations between literature and community in Ireland. He has published and presented on Irish theatre history and on authors including Paul Muldoon, Frank McGuinness, Emma Donoghue, Patrick McCabe, Christina Reid, and Anne Enright. His most recent publications include Synge and Edwardian Ireland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), co-edited with Nicholas Grene, and a reprint of Emma Donoghue’s novel Hood (New York: Harper Perennial, 2011), co-edited with Emilie Pine. With Éibhear Walshe, he also co-edited Representing the Troubles: Texts and Images, 1970-2000 (Dublin: Four Courts, 2004).


Dr Brian Cliff
Room 4016
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2