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Professor Declan Kiberd

Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama

J203; Tel. +35317168348; no email

Declan Kiberd joined UCD as lecturer in Anglo-Irish literature in 1979, having taught English previously in the University of Kent at Canterbury (1976-7), and Irish in Trinity College Dublin (1977-9). He was appointed Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD in 1997. He has also been Director of the Yeats International Summer School (1985-7), Patron of the Dublin Shaw Society (1995-2000), a columnist with the Irish Times (1985-7) and the Irish Press (1987-93), the presenter of the RTE Arts programme, Exhibit A (1984-6), and a regular essayist and reviewer in the Irish Times, TLS, London Review of Books and the New York Times.

Academic Qualifications

Educated at Trinity College Dublin (First Class Degree with Gold Medal in English and Irish); D.Phil (Oxford)


ENG 10020 Children's Literature

ENG 2053 Irish Literature

J.M. Synge (Level 2 Seminar)

Joyce's Ulysses (Level 3 Seminar)

MA Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama

Research Supervision

Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama



Synge and the Irish Language, Macmillan: London 1979; second edition with new Introduction, London 1992.

Men and Feminism in Modern Literature, Macmillan: London 1985; second edition 1987.

Idir Dhá Chultúr (Essays on Interaction of Gaelic and English-language culture), Coiscéim Áth Cliath 1993; second edition with new preface 2002.

Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation, Jonothan Cape London 1995; Harvard University Press 1996; Vintage Paperback 1996; Winner Michael Durkan Prize of American Committee of Irish Studies for Best Book of Cultural Criticism 1996; Oscar Wilde Award for Literary Achievement, 1996; Winner of Irish Times Literature Prize for Non-Fiction 

Irish Classics, Granta London 2000; Harvard University Press 2001; Granta and Harvard Paperback 2001; Winner Truman Capote Prize for Best Work of Literary Criticism in the English-Speaking World 2002; Winner Robert Rhodes Prize of American Committee of Irish Studies for Best Book of Literary Criticism 2001. 

The Irish Writer and the World, Cambridge University Press, 2005.


An Crann Faoi Bhláth: Contemporary Irish Poetry with Verse Translations, Wolfhound Press Dublin 1989; 1997 (with Gabriel Fitzmaurice)

The Student's Annotated Ulysses, Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics, London 1992 

'The London Exiles: Wilde and Shaw' and 'Contemporary Irish Poetry' sections, Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Derry 1991

Two issues of The Crane Bag magazine


Anglo-Irish Attitudes, Field Day Derry 1985

Multiculturalism and Artistic Freedom: Rushdie, Ireland and India, Cork University Press 1992

Multiculturalism: The View from the Two Irelands (with Edna Longley), Cork University Press 2000 

Recent Essays: 

'On Translation', Internationalist REview of Irish Culture: Ireland in Translation, eds., Andrea Binelli, Enrico Terrinoni and Brian Thomson, Spring 2007, Vol i, pp xi-xvi. 

'Merry Men: The After-Life of the Poem', Frank O'Connor: Essays, ed., Hilary Lennon, Four Courts Press, Dublin 2007, pp. 104-128. 

'Growing Up Absurd: Edna O'Brien', That Island Never Found: Essays and Poems for Terence Brown, eds., Nicholas Allen and Eve Patten, Four Courts Press, Dublin 2007, pp. 107-122. 

'Postcolonial Modernism?", Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature 1899-1939, eds., Richard Begam and Michale Valdez Moses, Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2007, pp. 269-287. 

'Reinventing England', A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama, 1880-2005, ed. Mary Luckhurst (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 22-34. 

'Literature and Politics', The Cambridge History of Irish Literature, eds Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 9-49. 

'Yeats and Criticism', The Cambridge Companion to W.B. Yeats, eds Marjorie Howes and John Kelly, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 115-28. 

'Towards a Multicultural Canon?', Literature, Readers and Dialogue, eds Janet Clare and Veronica O'Mara, UCD Press, 2006, pp. 215-21. 

'On Baile's Strand: W.B. Yeats's National Epic', Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol.LXVIII, Nos 1 and 2, Autumn 2006-Winter 2007, pp. 261-70. 

'Ulysses and US', Joyce Studies in Italy, 9, ed. Franca Ruggieri, Bulzone Editore Roma, 2006, 309-30. 

'The Double Vision of Michael Hartnett', Remembering Michael Hartnett, eds John McDonagh and Stephen Newman, Four Courts Press, 2006, pp. 25-42. 

'Murphy and the World of Samuel Beckett', Samuel Beckett: 100 Years, ed. Christopher Murray, New Island, 2006, pp. 34-47. 

'Confronting Famine: Carleton's Peasantry', William Carleton: The Authentic Vision, ed. Gordon Brand, Colin Smythe, 2006, pp. 198-222. 

'The Art of Science: Banville's Doctor Copernicus', Irish Fiction Since the 1960s, ed. Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, Colin Smythe, 2006, pp. 173-88. 

'Growing Up Absurd: Edna O'Brien and The Country Girls', Irish Studies in Brazil, No. 1, eds Munira H. Mutran and Laura P. Izzara, Associacao Editorial Sao Paolo, 2006, pp. 143-62. 

'Robert Ballah: Art and Activism", Royal Hibernian Academy Catalogue: Robert Ballah-Forty Years, Dublin 2006, pp. 12-21. 

'Frank McGuinness and the Sons of Ulster', Yearbook of English Studies: Irish Writing since 1950, Vol. 35 (2005), pp. 279-97. 


Regular reviews in Times Literary Supplement and  Irish Times. 

Translated Work: 

Gerardo Gambolini, La Invención de Irlanda, Hidalgo, Barcelona, 2006. 831pp. (Spanish version of Inventing Ireland).  

Scripts written: 

Samuel Beckett Silence to Silence BBC 1984

A Short History of Ireland BBC TV 1986: 

Plus many scripts for BBC Radio 3 on Irish themes 1990 - present

Recent Public Lectures: 

'Irish Writing Now', six lectures, Sorbonne, Paris, March 2006. 

'Shaw and Ireland', Comhaltes Ceoltóirí Eireann, Monkstown: Dún Laoghaire Historical Society, 18th October 2006. 

'Joyce and the Common Culture', St Edmund's College, Cambridge University, 6th December 2006. 

'The Comic in Irish Culture', Hibernian Catch Club, King's Inns, 12th December 2006. 

'Maeve Binchy and Cultural Change', Irish PEN Annual Dinner, Dún Laoghaire Yacht Club, 19th January 2007. 

'Poland and Ireland: Post-colonial Comparisons', University of Warsaw, 22nd June 2007. 

'Yeats and Gaelic Tradition', National Library of Ireland, 27th June 2007. 

'Joyce's Homer, Homer's Joyce', Keynote Opening Lecture at International Association for Study of Irish Literature Annual Conference, UCD, 16th July 2007. 

'John McGahern: Elegist', Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Keynote Opening Lecture, McGahern Weekend, 27th July 2007. 

'Shaw and the Art of Self-Invention', Dublin Shaw Society, 24th August 2007. 

'Ulysses and Dante', James Joyce Cultural Centre, Dublin, 25th September 2007.  

Public Roles
Chair, Public Libraries and Arts Government Commission 1996-9

Member, Forum on Future of Broadcasting 2002

Visiting Lecturer in over 30 countries 1982 - present

Member, Irish Manuscripts Commission and Cultural Relations Committee 1995-2002

Elected member of the Royal Irish Academy 2003 

Funding Awards
In addition to Books' Prizes listed above, received President's Award for 1998-9 and Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship 2003-4.