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Professor Richard Kirkland

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Professor of Irish Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2172


Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 7.38 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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Research interests and PhD supervision

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.

Other 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, a reconsideration of the poetry of 1940's Northern Ireland, and an essay on 'Dr Corry's National Diorama of Ireland'. My current major project is a cultural history of Irish London, 1850-1920.  I am a Fellow of the English Association.

I would be interested to hear from prospective research students working in areas related to 20th century Irish culture and cultural theory.

For more details, please see my full research profile.


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.

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