Biography

Educated at NUI-Galway (BA, MA) and at the University of Oxford, Balliol College (D.Phil.). Assistant Professor of English, Southern Illinois University (2000-2001), National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame (2002-2003). Teaching at University of Limerick from 2003 to the present. Teaching and research interests include literary and cultural cultural criticism and theory; literature and enlightenment; literature and science; poetry and music; Irish studies; and utopian/dystopian satire. Has published widely on eighteenth-century studies, utopian studies, and Irish writing in English, in journals such as The Review of English Studies, the Field Day Review, Utopian Studies, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, and History Ireland. Has contributed essays on eighteenth-century Ireland to collections of essays on colonial discourse, Clare history, and Edmund Burke. Has also co-edited (with Tom Moylan), Exploring the Utopian Impulse (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007) and (with Breandán MacSuibhne) a special edition of Éire-Ireland on Irish Catholicism. Has contributed biographical essays on John Aikin and Charles Burney to the Gale Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Historians. A collection of essays on Irish visual culture, co-edited with Eoin Flannery, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2009. His edition of The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody was published by Field Day Press in 2012; a monograph, Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith, was published in July of 2013 by Bucknell University Press (paperback 2015). An edition of the poetry of Laurence Whyte was published by Bucknell UP in 2016. A new Cambridge edition of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith, co-edited with David O'Shaughnessy of Trinity College Dublin, was published in 2018. Awarded an Augustin Hamilton Parker Fellowship at Harvard University's Houghton Library November-December 2018. Currently editing a volume of Goldsmith's poetry, as part of a multi-volume Cambridge UP edition of Goldsmith's works, for which he is co-general editor. He is also co-editor of Goldsmith in Context, a volume of essays in preparation for Cambridge University Press.

Head of English, 2011-2014; Assistant Dean of Faculty (Academic Affairs), 2014-2017. Currently Head of School of English, Irish, and Communication, 2019-Dec 2021.

Research Interests

Irish Studies, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Poetry, Poetics, Criticism and Theory; The History of the Magazine.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2012 Academic Regulations Committee (ARC),
  • 2012 Academic Programmes Review Committee,
  • 2005 Cumann Merriman,

Award

  • 2012 - NDLR people's Choice Award Winner 2012: National (LiNC) projects.
  • 2008 - Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino California
  • 2002 - National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

Education

  • 2002 University of Oxford - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1997 University of Oxford - M.Sc.
  • 1995 NUI - Master of Arts
  • 1994 NUI - B.A.

Association

  • ordinary member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Ordinary Member, Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society
  • ordinary member, Utopian Studies Society
  • ordinary member, American Conference for Irish Studies

Peer Reviewed Journals

2013

Between Pope and Merriman: The Poetics and Politics of R Buggin's The Inchanted Garden (1716)

Michael Griffin (2013) Between Pope and Merriman: The Poetics and Politics of R Buggin's The Inchanted Garden (1716). Eighteenth Century Ireland :11-29

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2007

Affiliated to the Future: Culture, the Celt, and Matthew Arnold's Utopia

Michael Griffin (2007) Affiliated to the Future: Culture, the Celt, and Matthew Arnold's Utopia. Utopian Studies :325-344

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2006

Infatuated to his Ruin: The Fate of Tom Dermody

Griffin, MJ (2006) Infatuated to his Ruin: The Fate of Tom Dermody. History Ireland :21-25

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2005

Utopian Music and the Problem of Luxury

Griffin, MJ (2005) Utopian Music and the Problem of Luxury. Utopian Studies :247-266

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2005

Editors' Introduction

Griffin, MJ; MacSuibhne, B (2005) Editors' Introduction. Eire/Ireland Journal Of The Irish American Cultural Ins :5-10

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2005

Irish Catholics: Special Issue, edited

Michael Griffin, Breandán MacSuibhne (2005) Irish Catholics: Special Issue, edited. Eire-Ireland

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2001

Delicate Allegories, Deceitful Mazes: Goldsmith's Landscapes

Griffin, MJ (2001) Delicate Allegories, Deceitful Mazes: Goldsmith's Landscapes. Eighteenth Century Ireland :104-115

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Books

2018

The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith

Michael Griffin, David O'Shaughnessy, Oliver Goldsmith (2018) The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press

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2016

The Collected Poems of Laurence Whyte

Michael Griffin, Laurence Whyte (2016) The Collected Poems of Laurence Whyte. Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press

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2013

Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith

Michael Griffin (2013) Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith. (Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press

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2012

The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody

Michael Griffin, Thomas Dermody (2012) The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody. Dublin : Field Day Press

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Book Chapters

2017

Oliver Goldsmith

Michael Griffin (2017) Oliver Goldsmith. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets

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2014

‘What d'ye call him, Tierconneldrago: Oliver Goldsmith and the Seven Years' War'

Michael Griffin (2014) ‘What d'ye call him, Tierconneldrago: Oliver Goldsmith and the Seven Years' War'. Toronto : University Press of Toronto The Culture of the Seven Years' War: Empire, Identity and the Arts in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World :169-190

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2011

The Two Enlightenments of Merriman's Clare

Michael Griffin (2011) The Two Enlightenments of Merriman's Clare. Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press Brian Merriman's Midnight Court :59-69

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2011

Arcades Ambo: Robert Burns and Thomas Dermody

Michael Griffin (2011) Arcades Ambo: Robert Burns and Thomas Dermody. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press Burns and the Poets :127-142

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2008

‘Our Native Tongue Most Shamefully Rejected': Education, Print Culture and English Literature in Eighteenth-Century Ennis

Michael Griffin (2008) ‘Our Native Tongue Most Shamefully Rejected': Education, Print Culture and English Literature in Eighteenth-Century Ennis. Dublin : Geography Publications Clare: History and Society :157-174

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2007

Burke, Goldsmith and the Irish Absentees

Griffin, MJ (2007) Burke, Goldsmith and the Irish Absentees. Duiblin : Irish Academic Press Edmund Burke's Irish Identities :117-132

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2007

Hy-Brazil Hybridized: Utopian Colonies and Colonial Utopias in Ireland, 1641-1760

Michael Griffin (2007) Hy-Brazil Hybridized: Utopian Colonies and Colonial Utopias in Ireland, 1641-1760. Dublin : Four Courts Enemies of Empire :130-141

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2007

Across Time and Space: The Utopian Impulses of Andrey Tarkovsky's Stalker

Michael Griffin and Dara Waldron (2007) Across Time and Space: The Utopian Impulses of Andrey Tarkovsky's Stalker. Oxford : Peter Lang Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice :257-272

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Edited Books

2016

Special Issue on Roger Casement: the Glocal Imperative

(2016) Special Issue on Roger Casement: the Glocal Imperative. https://breac.nd.edu/articles/category/roger-casement/ : breac.nd.edu/Notre Dame

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2009

Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture

(2009) Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture. Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press

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2007

Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice

(2007) Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice. Oxford : Peter Lang

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Other Journals

2011

Crossing LInes with John Williams

Michael Griffin (2011) Crossing LInes with John Williams. : NUI-Galway The John McGahern Yearbook :36-43

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2006

Da's Boat, or Can the Submarine Speak?: The Ulster Miscellany (1752) and Other Glimpses of the Irish Atlantis

Michael Griffin and Breandán MacSuibhne (2006) Da's Boat, or Can the Submarine Speak?: The Ulster Miscellany (1752) and Other Glimpses of the Irish Atlantis. Field Day Review :111-127

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1999

Oliver Goldsmith and François-Ignace Espiard de la Borde: An Instance of Plagiarism

Michael Griffin (1999) Oliver Goldsmith and François-Ignace Espiard de la Borde: An Instance of Plagiarism. Oxford : Oxford University Press The Review of English Studies :59-63

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Conference Publications

2018

The 21st Annual Gilbert Lecture

Michael John Griffin (2018) The 21st Annual Gilbert Lecture.

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2012

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Michael Griffin (2012) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

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2010

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference

Michael Griffin (2010) Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference.

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2005

The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse, , March ;

Michael Griffin (2005) The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse, , March ;. :*-*

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2005

The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse

Michael Griffin and Breandan MacSuibhne (2005) The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse. :*-*

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2005

American Conference for Irish Studies

Michael Griffin (2005) American Conference for Irish Studies. :*-*

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2005

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference

Michael Griffin (2005) Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference. :*-*

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2004

Enemies of Empire: An Interdisciplinary Conference, , June 2004

Michael Griffin (2004) Enemies of Empire: An Interdisciplinary Conference, , June 2004. :*-*

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2004

Utopian Studies Conference

Michael Griffin (2004) Utopian Studies Conference. :*-*

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2004

American Conference for Irish Studies

Michael Griffin (2004) American Conference for Irish Studies. :*-*

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2004

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Michael Griffin (2004) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. :*-*

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2003

American Conference for Irish Studies, National Meeting, ;

Michael Griffin (2003) American Conference for Irish Studies, National Meeting, ;. :*-*

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2002

American Conference for Irish Studies, Midwest Section

Michael Griffin (2002) American Conference for Irish Studies, Midwest Section. :*-*

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Conference Contributions

2017

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Michael John Griffin (2017) American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.

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2017

Storytelling in the Spectator Magazines Conference

Michael John Griffin (2017) Storytelling in the Spectator Magazines Conference.

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2015

The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium

Michael John Griffin (2015) The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium.

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2013

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference

Michael Griffin (2013) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference.

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2013

American Conference for Irish Studies

Michael Griffin (2013) American Conference for Irish Studies.

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2013

Irish Association for American Studies Conference

Michael Griffin (2013) Irish Association for American Studies Conference.

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2013

Strokestown Poetry Festival

Michael Griffin (2013) Strokestown Poetry Festival.

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2012

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference

Michael Griffin (2012) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference.

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Other Publications

2016

Oliver Goldsmith, Oxford Bibliographies, OUP.

Michael Griffin (2016) Oliver Goldsmith, Oxford Bibliographies, OUP.. Oxford : Oxford University Press Oxford Bibliographies

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2012

Digitisation of an 18th Century Limerick Periodical, The Magazine of Magazines

Geraldine Sheridan, Michael Griffin, Yvonne Diggins (2012) Digitisation of an 18th Century Limerick Periodical, The Magazine of Magazines.

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2007

‘John Aikin'

Michael Griffin (2007) ‘John Aikin'. : Bruccoli Clark Layman; Gale Research Eighteenth-Century British Historians, volume of The Dictionary of Literary Biography :3-8

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2007

West47Online Literary Review

Michael Griffin (2007) West47Online Literary Review.

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2007

'Charles Burney'

Michael Griffin (2007) 'Charles Burney'. : Bruccoli Clark Layman; Gale Research Eighteenth-Century British Historians, volume of The Dictionary of Literary Biography :57-61

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