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 College in 2011. Previously I worked as a lecturer at the University of Oxford, where I also completed my doctorate. My research and teaching interests are mainly focused on late nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish writing (especially poetry). I also have broader research interests through this period in the relationship between literature and the other arts, the cultural and intellectual history of philosophical idealism, questions of allusion and collaboration, and the place of literature on the radio.
My book-length study Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time was published 2015 by Oxford University Press. 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. It was awarded the 2015 Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature by the American Conference for Irish Studies. Other recent and forthcoming publications include research on the work of John McGahern, the place of the literary within Northern Irish writing, the radio poetry of Richard Murphy, and Irish-British poetic relations at mid-century. I have also recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Modernist Cultures on ‘Collaborative Poetics’.
My main ongoing current research project is provisionally entitled ‘Yeats and the Writing of Art’. It 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. The project was supported by an Irish Research Council New Horizons Research Project Grant during 2015–17.
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’, ‘W.B. Yeats’ and ‘Irish Poetry after Yeats’. I contribute various seminars to the MPhil in Irish Writing. I also supervise several PhD students and am always interested to hear from potential research students.
Dr Tom Walker
School of English
Telephone: 00353 1 896 4353