CV/Essays & Articles

Refereed Articles


"The Railroad Reverie in Contemporary Irish Poetry," Éire-Ireland, Volume 52, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2017, 78-100

"Resentment on the menu: Poets of the Peacock Dinner," Commentary, TLS (January 16, 2014), 14 - 15 (3500 words)

"A Box for Wilfrid Blunt," PMLA, special issue On Poetry, 120, 1 (January, 2005), 163 - 180

"Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s `An tEach Uisce,’" PMLA Millenium Issue, 115, 7 (December 2000), 2014

"Augusta Gregory, Bernard Shaw, and the Shewing-up of Dublin Castle," PMLA, Special Topic: Literature and Censorship, 109,1 (January 1994), 26 - 44

"Auden's 1931 Epithalamion and Other Generous Hours," Modern Language Quarterly 46, 2 (December 1985), 407 - 428

"The Living Voice in the Thirties: Yeats, Eliot, Auden," The Yearbook of English Studies, II (1981), Special Number on Literature and Its Audience, II, 161-177

"W. H. Auden's `In the year of my youth...,'" The Review of English Studies N.S. XXIX, 115 (August 1978), 267 - 312 [introduction to and transcription of unfinished epic poem]

"Poetry's Landscape in Auden's Elegy for Yeats," Modern Language Quarterly 38, 2 (June 1977), 167 - 177

"Artifice and Self-Consciousness in Auden's The Sea and the Mirror," Contemporary Literature 16, 3 (Summer 1975), 353 - 377

"Auden and the Redeemed City: Three Allusions," Criticism XIII, 4 (Fall 1971), 340-350


Essays Solicited for Journals


"Leland Bardwell's A Restless Life," Cyphers Magazine (Dublin: Vol 83, Spring 2017), 72 - 74

"The Avian Rising: Yeats, Muldoon, and Others," solicited for the inaugural issue of the Journal of the International Yeats Society, Liverpool University Press / Clemson University Press, Fall 2016

"The Irish Mammy at the Threshold of Rebellion," History Ireland: The Impact of the Irish Rising, Eds. J. Culley, T. Graham, and N.C. Maxwell (2016): 52-56. Print.

"Lady Gregory, Wilfrid Blunt, and London Table Talk," Irish University Review, Lady Gregory Special Issue, 34, 1 (June 2004), 67 - 80

"Secular Relics: Casement’s Boat, Casement’s Dish," in Textual Practice (Summer 2002), 277 - 302

"Oscar Wilde’s Speech from the Dock," Textual Practice 15 (3), November 2001, 447 - 466

"The Man who died for the Language: The Rev. Dr. O’Hickey and the `Essential Irish Controversy of 1909," Eire-Ireland, 35, 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2000), 188 - 218

"Yeats and the Lettered Page," Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies VIII (1990), 100 - 112

"Liberating the Pseudoese: Auden and Isherwood in the 1930's," The Yale Review 79, 1 (May 1990), 136 - 46 [essay review]

"Eliot: The Dead, the Living, and the End of Poetry," The Yale Review 78 (Winter 1989), 265 - 278


Essays Solicited for Books


"The Hugh Lane Controversy and the Irish Revival," solicited for Revival and Revolution: Irish Literature in Translation, 1880-1940, ed. Majorie Howes, forthcoming from Cambridge UP, 2018

"Misfortunes: Thief of a Christmas and Bailegangaire," in The Theatre of Tom Murphy: Playwright Adventurer, ed. Nicholas Grene, forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2017

"Casement, New York, and the Easter Rising," in Independent Spirits: America and the Easter Rising, eds. Miriam Nyhan and Marion Casey, forthcoming from UCD Press, 2016

"Uncomfortable Bodies in Women’s Accounts of 1916," in Irish Women, War, and Letters, 1880 -1922, ed. Tina O’Toole, Gillian McIntosh, and Muireann O’Cinnéide, forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

"Yeats and The Oxford Book of Modern Verse," in Yeats 150: William Butler Yeats 1865-1939, ed Declan Foley, forthcoming December 2015

"Lady Gregory, George Moore, and Gathering Folklore," George Moore: Dublin, Paris, Hollywood, edited by Conor Montague and Adrian Frazier (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012), 53 – 70

"Stalking Yeats: The Celebrity System of Revivalist Dublin," Synge and Edwardian Ireland, edited by Nicholas Grene and Brian Cliff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 34 - 44

"Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill's English," Festschrift for Maureen Murphy, edited by Munira Mutran, Laura Izarra, and Beatriz Bastos (São Paulo, Brazil: Humanitas, 2011)

"Oscar Wilde, Lady Gregory, and Late Victorian Table-Talk," Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend, ed. Joseph Bristow(Athens, Ohio: Ohio UP, 2009), 46 - 62

"The Abbey, Its 'Helpers,' and the Field of Cultural Production in 1913," "Follow the money: the Abbey Players in Chicago & Dublin," Irish Theatre in America, ed. John P. Harrington (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2009), 93 - 102

"Face to Face, One on One: George Moore in the Contact Zone," George Moore:Artistic Visions and Literary Worlds, ed. Mary Pierse, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Press , 2006), 173 - 181

"Irish Men & French Food," Ireland and Europe in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Colin Graham and Leon Litvack, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), 186 - 198

"Memory, Folklore, Ghosts: The Afterlife of Roger Casement," Sir Roger Casement in Irish and World History ed. Mary Daly (Royal Irish Academy, 2005)

"Revivalist Belligerence: Three Controversies," in The Irish Revival Reappraised, ed. J.H. Murphy & E. Taylor-Fitzsimon (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), 132 - 144

"Oscar Wilde on trial," in The Wilde Legacy, ed. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), 113 - 135

"The Posthumous Life of Roger Casement," excerpt included in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volume IV, ed. A Bourke et al. (Cork: Cork University Press, 2002), 1075 - 1077

"Derek Mahon’s JBY," in John Butler Yeats and His Circle, ed. J. Londraville (Locust Press, 2003), 433 - 443

"Yeats’s Criticism and the Irish Mind," in Modernism and New Criticism, vol. vii of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, ed. A. Walton Litz, Louis Menand, and Lawrence Rainey (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000), 151 - 166

"The Abbey and the Theatrics of Controversy, 1909-1915," in A Century of Irish Drama, ed. Stephen Watt et al. (Indiana UP, 2000), 57 - 71

"The Posthumous Life of Roger Casement," in Gender and Sexuality in Modern Ireland, ed. Anthony Bradley and M. Valiulis (U Massachusetts Press, 1997), 127 - 158

"The Demotic Lady Gregory," in High and Low Moderns: Literature and Culture 1889 - 1939, ed. Maria DiBattista and Lucy McDiarmid (New York: Oxford UP, 1996), 212 - 234

"Heaney and the Irish Schoolroom Tradition," in Critical Essays on Seamus Heaney, ed. R. F. Garratt (New York: G.K. Hall, 1995), 110 - 120

"Joyce, Heaney, and `that subject people stuff,'" Joyce and His Contemporaries, ed. Diana Ben-Merre and Maureen Murphy (Greenwood Press, 1989), 131 - 139


Anthologized Essays & Excerpts


"Uncomfortable Bodies in Women's Accounts of 1916" (excerpt rpt.), The Irish Independent (25 December 2016)

"Yeats and the Lettered Page," included in Yeats’s Poetry, Drama, and Prose: A Norton Critical Edition, ed. James Pethica (New York: Norton, 2000), 370 - 378

"The Treason of the Clerks," Chapter 4 of Saving Civilization: Yeats, Eliot, and Auden between the Wars, included in The Norton Poetry Workshop CD-ROM (1997)

"Derek Mahon: Questions and Answers" and "Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill: Questions and Answers" anthologized in Writing Irish: Selected Interviews with Irish Writers, ed J. M. Myers (Syracuse: Syracuse U P, 1999), 99 - 113 and 185 - 199

"The Poet in Wartime," excerpt from Saving Civilization, included in Critical Essays on W. H. Auden, ed. George W. Bahlke (G.K. Hall, 1991), 97 - 106

"Artifice and Self-Consciousness in Auden's The Sea and the Mirror" (originally published in Contemporary Literature, 1975) [anthologized in 1) Modern Critical Views: W. H. Auden, ed. Harold Bloom {Chelsea House, 1986}, 69 - 90; and 2) Major Literary Characters: Caliban, ed. Harold Bloom {Chelsea House, 1992}, 159 - 178]