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Burns Visiting Scholars


Nicholas Allen (Spring 2011)

Nicholas Allen currently serves as Director of the Wilson Center and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia. Prior to his tenure at UGA, he has also taught at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the National University of Ireland, Galway, where, at the time of his appointment as Burns Visiting Scholar, he directed the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies. Allen’s research interests are wide-ranging, examining Anglophone culture through the lenses of literature, history, and visual culture. His recent work examines themes of modernism and empire, as well as the concepts of island and archipelago.

You can listen here to Allen’s March 2011 Burns Scholar Lecture, entitled “Jack Yeats and the Picture of Ireland.” Introductory remarks were given by Robert K. O’Neill, Ph.D., director of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College.


Selected publications:

Broken Landscapes: Selected Letters on Ernie O’Malley.  Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 2011.

Modernism, Ireland and Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

That Other Island: Essays and Poems for Terence Brown. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007.

Ed. The Proper Word: Collected Criticism—Ireland, Poetry, Politics. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007.

George Russell and the New Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003.

The Cities of Belfast. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003.