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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, Literary Arts Officer


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. My recent publications include John Berryman's Public Vision: re-locating 'the scene of disorder' (2014), Berryman's Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse (2014), and Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace (2015), as well as essays on the poetry of Peter Gizzi, Flannery O'Connor and contemporary Irish fiction, Dylan Thomas and US American poetry, John Berryman and transnationalism, affinities between Irish and Hungarian poetry and the idea of madness in modernist poetry. Among my other recent publications are 'Forever Young’? The Changing Images of America, co-edited with Stephen Matterson (2012), From Findrum to Fisterra: Reading Pearse Hutchinson, co-edited with Maria Johnston (2011), On Literature and Science: Essays, Reflections, Provocations (2007), and 'After thirty Falls': New Essays on John Berryman, co-edited with Philip McGowan (2007).

At the present time I am working on a number of projects across the fields of modern and contemporary literature, including co-edited collections on the writings of George Saunders (with Steve Gronert Ellerhoff), Wyndham Lewis’s journal BLAST (with Nathan O’Donnell and Kathryn Milligan) and a volume of essays arising out of two John Berryman centenary conferences in 2014 (with Peter Campion). With Clare Hayes-Brady (UCD) I have guest edited a special issue of the journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice on the subject of reading short fiction in transnational contexts. Long-term projects include the preparation of an edition of John Berryman's literary correspondence, a critical biography of Pearse Hutchinson, and a study of the relationship between philosophy and poetry.

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 recently completed PhDs on 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, and Asian-American poetry. 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, and I also contribute a seminar on Dante and modern American poetry to the MPhils in Comparative Literature/Translation Studies. In Hilary Term 2017 I will teach a Sophister option on BLAST and coordinate the Senior Freshman module ‘Introduction to Modernism’.


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



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