Professor Richard Kirkland
Professor of Irish Literature
BA (Nottingham), MA, PhD (Queen's, Belfast)
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2172
Address Department of English
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
My research is focused on the literature, culture and politics of Ireland both in the modern period of contemporary Northern Ireland and during the Irish Literary Revival of the early 20th century. I have written three monographs and co-edited two collections of essays grouped around these areas.
I believe in the importance of comparative cultural analysis and so my work on Ireland has also led me to write on other areas of post-colonial literature and theory, as well as a wide variety of non-literary modes of cultural production such as film, television, news media, and popular culture.
Recent work includes an essay on the DeLorean car for the Field Day Review, a piece on Gilles Deleuze and narratives of self-formation in the poetry of Medbh McGuckian, and a reconsideration of the poetry of 1940's Northern Ireland.
My current major project is in investigation of Irish cultural performance in London 1880-1920. I am on the executive council of The British Association of Irish Studies.
I teach across the modern period at King's including the following undergraduate modules: Introducing Literary Theories, 20th century Irish Literature, James Joyce and Ulysses, Modernist Poetry, Literature of World War One. At MA level I teach a course on the Irish Literary Revival and a course on modern Northern Irish culture.
I supervise a number of doctoral students working on areas as diverse as ecocriticism and modern poetry, James Joyce and Maurice Blanchot, and the role of the Irish language in formations of the modern Irish state.
I would be interested to hear from prospective research students working in areas related to 20th century Irish culture and cultural theory