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Dr Sean Hewitt B.A. (Cantab), M.A. (Lpool), Ph.D. (Lpool) Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow


Research and Teaching Interests

Seán Hewitt read English at the University of Cambridge, where he received his college’s Emily Davies and Lilias Sophia Ashworth Hallett scholarships and twice received the Charity Reeves Prize in English.
He completed his Ph.D., ‘J.M. Synge, Modernism, and Political Protest’, at the University of Liverpool, where his research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, U.K. He is currently revising his thesis into a monograph, and working on a new postdoctoral project, ‘Natural History and the Irish Revival’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Seán also works as a poet. In 2014, he was awarded Arts Council England funding for a series of poems, and in 2015 was selected as one of the Poetry Trust’s Aldeburgh Eight. He won a Northern Writers' Award in 2016. In 2017, Seán won the Resurgence Prize, which ranks amongst the most prestigious of any English language single poem award. His poetry has been published widely, most notably in POETRY (Chicago), The Poetry Review and The New Statesman.

He is a regular reviewer for both The Irish Times and Poetry Ireland Review, and has reviewed fiction for The New Statesman. Seán has been invited to speak at the Cambridge Group for Irish Studies, the John Hewitt Summer School and the Institute for Advanced Study, University of London, and was a visiting research fellow at the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia, in 2017.

He has taught on both graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University (where he was Lecturer in Poetry in 2016), and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has supervised dissertations on Virginia Woolf, W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, and Sean O’Casey, as well as Masters’ theses on queer performance and theatre studies.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


  • Lantern (Offord Road Books, 2019)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Yeats’s Re-Enchanted Nature, International Yeats Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2018)

  • Dialectics, Irony, and J.M. Synge’s The Well of the Saints’, Review of English Studies, Vol. 68, No. 286 (2017)

  • ‘“A Black Knot”: Temporalities, Modernisation, and the One-Act Plays of J.M. Synge’, English Studies, Vol. 97, No. 8 (2016)

  • ‘“An Initiated Mystic”: Modernization and Occultism in J.M. Synge’s The Aran Islands’, New Hibernia Review / Iris Éireannach Nua, Vol. 19, No. 4 (2015)

Peer-Reviewed Reference Works

  •  ‘The Abbey Theatre’, in Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (New York: Oxford University Press, April 2018)

  • ‘Writing and Evolutionary Theory’, in Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (New York: Oxford University Press, February 2019). 

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • ‘Irish Modernism: A Queer History’, in Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities, ed. Tamara Radak, Paul Fagan, and John Greaney (forthcoming 2020)

  • ‘Emily Lawless’, in Acts of Attention: Irish Women Poets, 18th-20th Centuries, ed. Maria Johnston and Connor Linnie (forthcoming 2019)

  • ‘Emily Lawless: The Child as Natural Historian’, in Sinéad Mooney and Kathryn Laing, eds., Irish Women’s Writing at the Turn of the 20th Century (EER Press, forthcoming 2019)

  • ‘Seumas O’Sullivan and Revivalist Nature Poetry’, in Matthew Kelly, ed., Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019)

  • ‘Natural History and the Irish Revival’, in Kathryn Conrad, Cóilín Parsons and Julie McCormick Weng, eds., Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2019)


Dr. Seán Hewitt
Leverhulme Research Fellow
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2


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