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Dr Alex Alonso, B.A. (York), M.St. (Oxon), Ph.D. (York)  Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

Research and Teaching Interests

Alex Alonso completed his Ph.D. on the work of Paul Muldoon at the University of York, where his research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. His first monograph, Transatlantic Formations: Paul Muldoon in America, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2020/21. His postdoctoral project, ‘Writing on Air: Irish Writers and the Radio, 1966-1986’, focuses on a group of Irish writers – Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Michael Longley, Eavan Boland, Derek Mahon and Stewart Parker among them – who shared close ties with BBC Northern Ireland and RTÉ. The project considers radio’s complex relationship with modern Irish writing, and explores the radio studio itself as space for creative experiment, rivalry, and collaboration between artists on and off the air.

He has been the annual reviewer of ‘British poetry post-1950’ for The Year’s Work in English Studies since 2018. He has served as Editor of the poetry magazine Eborakon, and from 2015-16 he worked as an editorial assistant on Matthew Bevis and James Williams’s edited collection Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry (Oxford UP, 2016). While at York, he convened numerous symposia and events on poetry, poetics, and literary theory, and co-organised an international conference ‘Poetic Measures’ in July 2016.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


  • Transatlantic Formations: Paul Muldoon in America. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • ‘Paul Muldoon and the Stunt-Reader.’ Essays in Criticism, Vol. 69, No. 2 (2019), 224-239.

  • ‘“Provocative propinquity”: Edward Lear and Paul Muldoon.’ Victorian Poetry, Vol. 57, No. 2 (Jul 2020).

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • ‘Paul Muldoon’. Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature, ed. Richard Bradford (Oxford: Blackwell, 2020).


Dr Alex Alonso
IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2


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