Biography

A native of the US South, my degrees are from Florida State University (BA in Classics and English, summa cum laude, 1978) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA and PhD in English, 1981 and 1986).

My first academic position was as Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in Marion (1986-89), after which I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where I served as Assistant, Associate, and then Full Professor in English and Women's Studies at Georgia State University (1989-2010).

In 2010, I moved to Ireland to take up the post of Glucksman Professor in Contemporary Writing in English at UL. From January to June 2015, I served as an Adjunct Visiting Professor at the Université de Lille 3, Lille, France.

I've served as the Director of the Yeats International Summer School and the President of the International Yeats Society.

In addition to my passion for literature and language, I have abiding interests in classical and traditional music.



Research Interests

My research focuses on modern and contemporary Irish, US, and world literature in English, especially poetry. I am a specialist on W. B. Yeats, especially his occult life and work.

My book The Aristocracy of Art looks at the rhetoric of autobiographical fiction and its relationship to the issue of class in James Joyce and Thomas Wolfe. Wisdom of Two, my second book, analyses the spiritual and literary collaboration of W. B. and his wife George (Hyde Lees), especially their experiments with automatic writing. I have also been part of teams that have produced scholarly editions of the Yeatses' automatic writing and other occult experiments (Yeats's 'Vision' Papers) and the two versions of Yeats's book of esoteric philosophy, A Vision (1925 and 1937).

I'm interested in the relation between abstract form and felt experience, and I have an abiding interest in what escapes the patterns humans make in the world. My work gravitates towards issues of gender, race, class, and culture, particularly religious experiences and traditions.

I have served as Director of the Yeats International Summer School (2013-15) and as President of the International Yeats Society (2013-17).

Books

Yeats's 'Vision' Papers, Volume 4

Prof. Margaret Harper
2001
London
Palgrave Macmillan
Read more

A Vision (1925), Volume 13 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

Prof. Margaret Harper
2008
New York
Scribner
Read more

A Vision (1937), Volume 14 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

Prof. Margaret Harper
2015
New York
Scribner
Read more

The Aristocracy of Art: James Joyce and Thomas Wolfe

Prof. Margaret Harper
1990
Baton Rouge
Louisiana State University Press
Read more

Wisdom of Two: The Spiritual and Literary Collaboration of George and W. B. Yeats

Prof. Margaret Harper
2006
Oxford
Oxford University Press
Read more

Book Chapters

Sisters, Outsiders, Histories: First Principles and Last Things in Boland and Lorde

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Gainesville
University Press of Florida
Read more

‘The clock has run down and must be wound up again': A Vision in Time

Prof. Margaret Harper
2014
South Bend, Indiana
Notre Dame University Press
Read more

Versions of History and Brother to Dragons

Prof. Margaret Harper
1983
Baton Rouge
Louisiana State University Press
Read more

Fabric and Fame in the Odyssey and ‘Penelope'

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Gainesville
University Press of Florida
Read more

The Medium as Creator: George Yeats's Role in the Automatic Script

Prof. Margaret Harper
1988
Ann Arbor, MI
UMI Research Press
Read more

Celestial Bodies: Sexual Cosmologies and a Collaborative Vision

Prof. Margaret Harper
2002
London
Palgrave
Read more

The Message is the Medium: Identity in the Automatic Script

Prof. Margaret Harper
1991
Ann Arbor, MI
UMI Research Press
Read more

Our Lives with Yeats's Ghosts: The Writing and the Editing of the Automatic Script

Prof. Margaret Harper
2003
Ann Arbor, MI
UMI Research Press
Read more

‘Taken in Drapery': Dressing the Narrative in the Odyssey and ‘Penelope'

Prof. Margaret Harper
1994
Madison
University of Wisconsin Press
Read more

Yeats and the Occult

Prof. Margaret Harper
2005
Cambridge
Cambridge University Press
Read more

Twilight to Vision: Yeats's Collaborative Modernity

Prof. Margaret Harper
1994
Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University Press
Read more

George Yeats

Prof. Margaret Harper
2010
Cambridge
Cambridge University Press
Read more

Bread and Wine, Coke and Peanuts: Teaching Sacramental Feasts

Prof. Margaret Harper
1996
Ann Arbor
University of Michigan Press
Read more

‘The Real Thing': Ní Chuilleanáin and Mattering Bodies

Prof. Margaret Harper
2011
Bern
Peter Lang
Read more

Yeats's Religion

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Ann Arbor, MI
UMI Research Press
Read more

Reflected Voices, Double Visions

Prof. Margaret Harper
2012
Clemson, South Carolina
Clemson University Digital Press
Read more

Edited Books

A Vision (1925), Volume 13 of The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

Prof. Margaret Harper
2008
New York
Scribner
Read more

Peer Reviewed Journals

'how else could the god have come to us'?: Yeatsian Masks, Modernity, and the Sacred

Prof. Margaret Harper
2007
Read more

An Interview with Eavan Boland

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Read more

An Interview with Michael Longley

Prof. Margaret Harper
2004
Read more

Interview with Michael Longley

Prof. Margaret Harper
2004
Read more

‘a form created by passion to unite us to ourselves': The Masks of Pizzorno and Yeats

Prof. Margaret Harper
2011
Read more

Flesh and Bones: Anne Enright's The Gathering

Prof. Margaret Harper
2010
Read more

Nemo: George Yeats and Her Automatic Script

Prof. Margaret Harper
2002
Read more

The Authoritative Image: Yeats's Singing School

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Read more

Other Journals

Of Time and the River: The Problem of Authority

Prof. Margaret Harper
1987
Read more

Conference Publications

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Conference Contributions

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Published Reports

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Editorials

This author has not written any publications of this type yet.

Book Reviews

Yeats and Postmodernism, ed. Leonard Orr

Prof. Margaret Harper
1993
Read more

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran, and Volume VI: Prefaces and Introductions, ed. William H. O'Donnell

Prof. Margaret Harper
1996
Read more

Thomas Wolfe Interviewed: 1929–1938, ed. Aldo P. Magi and Richard Walser, and Mannerhouse: A Play in a Prologue and Four Acts, by Thomas Wolfe, ed. Louis D. Rubin, Jr., and John L. Idol, Jr.

Prof. Margaret Harper
1987
Read more

Yeats and English Renaissance Literature, by Wayne K. Chapman

Prof. Margaret Harper
1993
Read more

A Yeats Dictionary: Persons and Places in the Poetry of William Butler Yeats, by Lester I. Conner

Prof. Margaret Harper
1999
Read more

Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, and Nancy J. Vickers

Prof. Margaret Harper
1988
Read more

Yeats and Artistic Power, by Phillip L. Marcus

Prof. Margaret Harper
1994
Read more

Greek and Hellenic Culture in Joyce, by R. J. Schork

Prof. Margaret Harper
2000
Read more

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, by David Herbert Donald

Prof. Margaret Harper
1988
Read more

Gender and History in Yeats's Love Poetry, by Elizabeth Butler Cullingford

Prof. Margaret Harper
1995
Read more

Joyce and Reality: The Empirical Strikes Back, by John Gordon

Prof. Margaret Harper
2007
Read more

Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction: The Armageddon of the Maternal Instinct, by Judith Wilt

Prof. Margaret Harper
1991
Read more

The Girl Image as Subtext in James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,' by Klára Weiss-Balla

Prof. Margaret Harper
1995
Read more

Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives, ed. Patricia Coughlan and Tina O'Toole, and New Contexts: Re-Framing Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Prose, ed. Heidi Hansson

Prof. Margaret Harper
2011
Read more

Swan and Shadow: Yeats's Dialogue with History, by Thomas R. Whitaker

Prof. Margaret Harper
1991
Read more

Aesthetic Autobiography: From Life to Art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin, by Suzanne Nalbantian

Prof. Margaret Harper
1995
Read more

All Contraries Confounded: The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Marguerite Duras, by Karen Kaivola

Prof. Margaret Harper
1992
Read more

Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination, by David Pierce

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Read more

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran

Prof. Margaret Harper
1993
Read more

The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 3 (1901–1904), ed. John Kelly and Ronald Schuchard

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Ann Arbor, MI
UMI Research Press
Read more

Other Publications

Yeats and Postmodernism, ed. Leonard Orr

Prof. Margaret Harper
1993
Read more

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran, and Volume VI: Prefaces and Introductions, ed. William H. O'Donnell

Prof. Margaret Harper
1996
Read more

Thomas Wolfe Interviewed: 1929–1938, ed. Aldo P. Magi and Richard Walser, and Mannerhouse: A Play in a Prologue and Four Acts, by Thomas Wolfe, ed. Louis D. Rubin, Jr., and John L. Idol, Jr.

Prof. Margaret Harper
1987
Read more

Yeats and English Renaissance Literature, by Wayne K. Chapman

Prof. Margaret Harper
1993
Read more

A Yeats Dictionary: Persons and Places in the Poetry of William Butler Yeats, by Lester I. Conner

Prof. Margaret Harper
1999
Read more

Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe, ed. Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, and Nancy J. Vickers

Prof. Margaret Harper
1988
Read more

Yeats and Artistic Power, by Phillip L. Marcus

Prof. Margaret Harper
1994
Read more

Greek and Hellenic Culture in Joyce, by R. J. Schork

Prof. Margaret Harper
2000
Read more

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, by David Herbert Donald

Prof. Margaret Harper
1988
Read more

Gender and History in Yeats's Love Poetry, by Elizabeth Butler Cullingford

Prof. Margaret Harper
1995
Read more

Joyce and Reality: The Empirical Strikes Back, by John Gordon

Prof. Margaret Harper
2007
Read more

Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction: The Armageddon of the Maternal Instinct, by Judith Wilt

Prof. Margaret Harper
1991
Read more

The Girl Image as Subtext in James Joyce's 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,' by Klára Weiss-Balla

Prof. Margaret Harper
1995
Read more

Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives, ed. Patricia Coughlan and Tina O'Toole, and New Contexts: Re-Framing Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Prose, ed. Heidi Hansson

Prof. Margaret Harper
2011
Read more

Swan and Shadow: Yeats's Dialogue with History, by Thomas R. Whitaker

Prof. Margaret Harper
1991
Read more

Aesthetic Autobiography: From Life to Art in Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin, by Suzanne Nalbantian

Prof. Margaret Harper
1995
Read more

All Contraries Confounded: The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Marguerite Duras, by Karen Kaivola

Prof. Margaret Harper
1992
Read more

Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination, by David Pierce

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Read more

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume XII: John Sherman and Dhoya, ed. Richard J. Finneran

Prof. Margaret Harper
1993
Read more

The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 3 (1901–1904), ed. John Kelly and Ronald Schuchard

Prof. Margaret Harper
1997
Ann Arbor, MI
UMI Research Press
Read more