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Andrew Carpenter, University College, Dublin


Andrew Carpenter (b. 1943) was educated at Oxford University (BA 1963, MA 1968) and at University College Dublin (Ph.D. 1970). From 1965-67 he was an Instructor in English at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and since 1970 has been a member of the teaching staff of the English Department at University College Dublin. From 1970 to 1980, he was a College Lecturer, from 1980 to 1998 a Statutory (Senior) Lecturer, from 1998 an Associate Professor, and from 2006 a full Professor. In 2006, he was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and in 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the English Association. He is currently Emeritus Professor of English, University College Dublin.

He has served on several international scholarly bodies and was the first secretary (1970-73) of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (IASIL). He was founding president of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and founding editor of its journal Eighteenth-Century Ireland. Andrew Carpenter has also been associated with scholarly publishing through his series of ten volumes of Irish Texts from the Age of Swift (Cadenus Press, 1973-79) and through the publication of various scholarly texts and anthologies over the last thirty years. His anthology of Verse in English from Eighteenth-Century Ireland appeared in 1998 and a companion volume, Verse in English from Tudor and Stuart Ireland, was published in September 2003.

Over the years, Andrew Carpenter has lectured in many universities in Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Australia. He has been visiting professor at universities in the United States and Italy and has delivered papers at conferences in many countries. He is currently working on an edition of two satiric poems from seventeenth-century Ireland, the Purgatorium Hibernicum and The Fingallian Travesty.


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Selected Publications


ed. Miscellanies in Prose (Selections from the prose of Swift's contemporaries) (Dublin: Cadenus Press, 1972).

ed. My Uncle John: Edward Stephens's Life of J.M Synge (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1973).

ed. Miscellanies in Verse (Verse from the age of Swift with scholarly commentary) (Dublin: Cadenus Press, 1973).

ed. Letters to and from Persons of Quality (Correspondence from the manuscripts of early eighteenth-century politicians and churchmen living in Ireland) (Dublin: Cadenus Press, 1974).

ed. Archbishop King's Sermon on Predestination (Dublin: Cadenus Press, 1976).

ed. Place, Personality and the Irish Writer (Gerrards Cross and New York: Colin Smythe and Barnes and Noble Ltd., 1977). A volume of essays including an essay by the editor.

ed. Charles Ford's Adventure in Siena (Dublin: Cadenus Press, 1978). Edited from the manuscript of 1717.

The Irish Perspective of Jonathan Swift (Wuppertal: Peter Hammer, 1978).

ed. (with Peter Fallon) The Writers: A Sense of Ireland (Dublin: O'Brien Press, 1980). New work by 44 Irish writers.

ed. Eight Irish Writers (Dublin: 1981).

The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, General Editor Seamus Deane, Associate Editor Andrew Carpenter, 3 vols, (Derry, London and New York: Field Day Publications, Faber and Faber, W.W.Norton) (joint editorship).

Verse in English from Eighteenth-Century Ireland, selected, edited and introduced by Andrew Carpenter (Cork: Cork University Press, 1998) 626 pages.

The Dublin Scuffle (1699) by John Dunton, edited with an introduction and notes by Andrew Carpenter (Dublin: Four Courts Press /National Library of Ireland, 2000). 350 pages.

Verse in English from Tudor and Stuart Ireland selected, edited and introduced by Andrew Carpenter (Cork : Cork University Press, 2003), 598 pages.

Teague Land: or A Merry Ramble to the Irish Wild (1698) by John Dunton, transcribed from the manuscript, edited and introduced by Andrew Carpenter (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003) 190 pages.

Articles and chapters in books:

"On a manuscript of poems catalogued as by Mary Barber in the Library of T.C.D." Hermathena. cix. (1969) 54-64.

"William King and the threats to the Church of Ireland during the reign of James II" Irish Historical Studies, xviii, no.69 (1972), 22-28.

"Archbishop King and Swift's appointment as Dean of St. Patrick's" Long Room: the journal of the Friends of the Library of T.C.D., 11, Spring/Summer 1975, 11-14.

"Double vision in Anglo-Irish literature" in Place, Personality and the Irish Writer edited by Andrew Carpenter (Gerrards Cross and New York: Colin Smythe and Barnes and Noble, 1977), 173-89.

"Swift and Politics" Gaeliana (Université de Caen), 1979, 63- 71.

"Synge and Women" Études Irlandaises, December 1979, 98-106.

"Making the academic buy" Scholarly Publishing (Toronto) April 1980, 203-212.

"Swift's 'O'Rourke's Feast' and Sheridan's 'Letter': early transcripts by Anthony Raymond" by Andrew Carpenter and Alan Harrison in Proceedings of the first Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift edited by Hermann J. Real and Heinz J. Vienken, (Munich: Wilhelm Fink: 1985), 27-46 (joint authorship).

"Swift, Raymond and a legacy" by Andrew Carpenter and Alan Harrison, Swift Studies I, (1986), 57-60 (joint authorship).

"The study of Anglo-Irish literature in Ireland: problems of definition, perspective and text" in Literatures in English: new perspectives edited by Wolfgang Zach (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1990), pp.161-68.

"The Early Planters: Spenser and his Contemporaries" edited by Nicholas Canny and Andrew Carpenter in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991) I, 171-234 (joint editorship).

"Ireland and her past: topographical and historical writing to 1690" edited by Andrew Carpenter and Alan Harrison in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991) I, 235-273 (joint editorship).

"Jonathan Swift" edited by Andrew Carpenter in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991) I, 327-394.

"Eighteenth-century Irish Philosophy" edited by David Berman and Andrew Carpenter in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991) I, 760-806 (joint editorship).

"Political Prose: Cromwell to O'Connell" edited by Andrew Carpenter, Seamus Deane and W.J. Mc Cormack in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991) I, 855-960 (joint editorship).

"The Shifting Perspective 1690-1830" edited by Andrew Carpenter and Seamus Deane in Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991) I, 961-1010 (joint editorship).

"Changing views of Irish musical and literary culture in eighteenth-century Anglo-Irish literature" in Irish Literature and Culture edited by Michael Kenneally (Gerrards Cross and New York: Colin Smythe and Barnes and Noble, 1992), pp. 5-24.

"The effect of Anglican liturgy on the young Jonathan Swift" Transactions of the Ninth International Congress on the Enlightenment (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1996).

"Peculiar Pastorals: Swift, Delany and Orrery in The Ulster Miscellany" in Swift: The Enigmatic Dean, ed. Rudolf Freiburg, Arno Löffler and Wolfgang Zach, Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 1998, pp. 15-26.

"From Ulster to Delaware: Two Poems by James Orr about an Eighteenth-Century Emigrant Voyage" in New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora, ed. Charles Fanning, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000, pp. 65-74.

"A Collection of Verse presented to James Butler, First Duke of Ormonde", The Yale University Library Gazette, vol. 75, numbers 1-2, October 2000, pp. 64-70.

"A School for a Satirist: Swift's Exposure to the Wars of Words in Dublin in the 1680s", in Reading Swift: Papers from the Fourth Münster Symposium on Jonothan Swift edited by Herman J. Real and Helgard Stöver-Leidig (Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2003) pp. 161-76

Introduction to Sybil le Brocquy, Cadenus and Swift's Most Valuable Friend (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2003), pp. viii-xxii.

“Natural Journey”, Cork Literary Review vol 8, (2003) 75-89.

“Lost and Found: tracing items from a collection of verse presented to James Butler, first duke of Ormonde”, The Butler Journal, vol 4 no 3 (2003) pp. 479-490.

“Sectarianism in Marsh’s Ireland: some literary evidence” in The Making of Marsh’s Library: Learning, politics and religion in Ireland 1650-1750 eds. Muriel McCarthy and Ann Simmons, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004), pp. 187-208.

“Virgil Travesty in Restoration Ireland: some preliminary notes on an unexplored literary phenomenon”, in From ‘English Literature’ to ‘Literatures in English’: International Perspectives. A Festschrift in honour of Wolfgang Zach eds. Michael Kenneally and Rhona Richman Kenneally, (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2005) pp. 53-66.

“A Tale of a Tub as an Irish text”, Swift Studies 20 (2005), pp. 30-40.

“Two early printed squibs from Cork” in That Woman: Studies in Irish Bibliography: a Festscrift for Mary ‘Paul’ Pollard, eds. Charles Benson and Siobhan Fitzpatrick, (Dublin: Lilliput Press for the Library Association of Ireland, 2005) pp. 163-74.

“Circulating ideas: coteries, groups and the circulation of verse in English in early modern Ireland”, in Print Culture and Intellectual Life in Ireland 1660-1941: Essays in honour of Michael Adams eds. Martin Fanning and Raymond Gillespie (Dublin: The Woodfield Press, 2006), pp. 1-24.

“Literature in Print, 1550-1800” in The Oxford History of the Irish Book, volume III: The Irish Book in English 1550-1800, eds Raymond Gillespie and Andrew Hadfield (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) pp. 301-18.

“Poetry in English, 1690-1800: from the Williamite wars to the Act of Union, in The Cambridge History of Irish Literature eds. Margaret Kelleher and Philip O’Leary, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2 vols) I, 282-319.

In addition, Andrew Carpenter has written three volumes of verse, several occasional volumes of a non-scholarly nature and a number of radio plays which have been produced by RTE