Joseph Cleary

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Professor of English

Joe Cleary is a Professor at Yale University. He was educated in NUI Maynooth and in Columbia University, New York, where he studied with Edward W. Said. He is the author of Literature, Partition and the Nation-State: Culture and Conflict in Ireland, Israel and Palestine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Outrageous Fortune: Capital and Culture in Modern Ireland (Dublin: Field Day Publications, 2007). He has co-edited (with Claire Connolly) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), and (with Michael de Nie) a special issue of Éire-Ireland on ‘Empire Studies’ (Summer 2007). His articles on modern Irish writing and literary history have appeared in American, British and Irish journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, boundary 2, Textual Practice, The Irish Review, Éire-Ireland and Field Day Review. He was a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame University in 2000 and the Director of the prestigious Notre Dame Irish Seminar in Dublin from 2007-2009. Major research interests include: Modernism, Empire and World Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Twentieth-Century Irish Culture, Critical Theory and Literary History. He is currently working on books on modernism, empire and the restructuration of ‘world literature’ in early twentieth-century Europe and on a history of twentieth-century Irish cultural criticism. He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism and co-edited (with Jed Esty and Colleen Lye) a special issue on “Realism after Modernism” for Modern Language Quarterly in September 2012.


Modernism, Empire, World Crisis; The Irish Literary Revival