Emeritus Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand and Honorary Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. I hold an Honours degree from the University of Wales and an M.Litt and D.Phil from Oxford, where I studied with Richard Ellmann and John Kelly. I have held posts at the University of Newcastle, Australia; Université de Caen, France; and the University of New South Wales, Australia; and been a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University; at Trinity College, Dublin; and the Keogh Naughton Institute at Notre Dame (USA). I have published more than 60 refereed articles, book chapters and books on Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Irish theatre, Irish literature, Irish and Australian film, literary theory, Australian literature, and Irish/Australian history and presented conference papers and have given lectures in over 30 countries. I am a commissioning editor for the Irish Studies Review (Routledge) and am on the Editorial Board of several journals.
My most recent book, Irish Divorce/Joyce’s Ulysses (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) has received plaudits from Professors Declan Kiberd (“a tour de force”), Finn Fordham (“original, provocative, compelling”), Luke Gibbons (“exemplary scholarship”) and Terence Killeen (“Hugely impressive. … changes the balance of forces in the [Blooms’] relationship, and in the whole concept of marriage in Ireland”).
I am currently engaged in writing a cultural history of the performance of Irish theatre in New Zealand and Australia and am the representative for those countries on the international organizing committee of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project.