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Research and Teaching Interests: 20th-century American Modernism, Literatures of the American South and of Ireland, Issues in Philosophy/Religion and Literature

Kieran Quinlan. Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, Oxford University, Philosophy and Psychology
  • MA, Oxford University, Philosophy and Psychology
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, English and American Literature

My academic interests have progressed from theology, philosophy, and psychology to literature at institutions in Ireland, England, and the United States.

I publish books, articles, and reviews mainly about philosophical and cultural issues in 20th-century American and Irish authors. I am currently revising a book manuscript titled Seamus Heaney and the End of Catholic Ireland and have returned to a memoir on monastic life in Ireland. A related essay, “Kirwan Street, In Memory,” was listed as a Notable in Best American Essays 2013. Recent activities and publications include a paper on Seamus Heaney at Université Paris-Sorbonne, “Tracking the Fugitive Poets” in The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry, and “Breadth of a Salesman” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • American Literature 1914-1945
  • Three Tough Texts: Ulysses, The Waste Land, and The Sound and the Fury
  • Survey of English Literature part 2 (William Blake to Samuel Beckett)
  • Survey of American Literature part 2 (Kate Chopin to Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • “From Cloister to Quad,” Chronicle of Higher Education (September 3, 2013): B20.
  • “Remembrance of MLAs Past,” Chronicle of Higher Education (February 1, 2013): B20.
  • “Kirwan Street, In Memory,” New Hibernia Review 16:4 (Winter 2012): 9-17. Listed as “Notable” in Best American Essays 2013.

Book Chapters:
  • “A Furious Echo: Hearing Dublin’s Joyce in Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha,” in William Faulkner (Critical Insights), Kathryn Stelmach Artuso, ed. (Salem Press, 2013), 125-41.
  • “After Strange Kin: Further Reflections on the Relations between Ireland and the American South,” in Rethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers, Bryan Albin Giemza, ed. (University Press of Mississippi, 2013): 36-50.
  • “From William Alexander Percy to Walker Percy: Progress or Regress?” in Poverty and Progress in the American South, Suzanne Jones and Mark Newman, eds. (VU Press, 2007), 143-51.
  • UAB’s Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction, 2014
  • Essay listed as a Notable in Best American Essays 2013 (see publications)
  • American Conference for Irish Studies
  • Southern Studies Forum