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Dr. Michael Griffin

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.

Teaching Interests

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature; Irish Studies; Poetry, Poetics, and Rhetoric. Literary Theory and Criticism.

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

Publications

Books

2018

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

2016

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

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

2012

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

Book Chapters

2017

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

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'
In The Culture of the Seven Years' War: Empire, Identity and the Arts in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World; Toronto : University Press of Toronto pp. 169-190

2011

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

2011

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

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
In Clare: History and Society; Dublin : Geography Publications pp. 157-174

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
In Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice ; Oxford : Peter Lang pp. 257-272

2007

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

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
In Enemies of Empire; Dublin : Four Courts pp. 130-141

Edited Books

2016

Special Issue on Roger Casement: the Glocal Imperative
(2016) Special Issue on Roger Casement: the Glocal Imperative
Michael Griffin, Brian O Conchubhair, John Gibney(Ed.) https://breac.nd.edu/articles/category/roger-casement/ : breac.nd.edu/Notre Dame

2009

Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture
(2009) Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture
Michael Griffin and Eoin Flannery(Ed.) Syracuse, NY : Syracuse University Press

2007

Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice
(2007) Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice
Michael Griffin and Tom Moylan(Ed.) Oxford : Peter Lang

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)
In Eighteenth Century Ireland; pp. 11-29

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
In Utopian Studies; pp. 325-344

2006

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

2005

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

2005

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

2005

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

2001

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

Other Journals

2011

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

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
In Field Day Review; pp. 111-127

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
In The Review of English Studies; Oxford : Oxford University Press pp. 59-63

Conference Publications

2018

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

2012

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

2010

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

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 ;
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

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
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

2005

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

2005

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

2004

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

2004

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

2004

Utopian Studies Conference
Michael Griffin
(2004) Utopian Studies Conference
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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

Conference Contributions

2017

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
Michael John Griffin
(2017) American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
Minneapolis, MN

2017

Storytelling in the Spectator Magazines Conference
Michael John Griffin
(2017) Storytelling in the Spectator Magazines Conference
University of Graz, Austria

2015

The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium
Michael John Griffin
(2015) The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium
University of Liverpool

2013

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

2013

American Conference for Irish Studies
Michael Griffin
(2013) American Conference for Irish Studies
Chicago

2013

Irish Association for American Studies Conference
Michael Griffin
(2013) Irish Association for American Studies Conference
University of Limerick

2013

Strokestown Poetry Festival
Michael Griffin
(2013) Strokestown Poetry Festival
Strokestown House, Co. Roscommon

2012

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference
Michael Griffin
(2012) American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference
San Antonio, Texas,

Electronic Publications

2016

Oliver Goldsmith, Oxford Bibliographies, OUP.
Michael Griffin
(2016) Oliver Goldsmith, Oxford Bibliographies, OUP.
In Oxford Bibliographies; Andrew Hadfield(Ed.) Oxford : Oxford University Press

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

Biographical Items

2007

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

2007

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

Electronic Journals

2007

West47Online Literary Review
Michael Griffin
(2007) West47Online Literary Review
Michael Griffin(Ed.)