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Burns Visiting Scholars


Maurice Harmon (Academic Year 1993-1994)

Maurice Harmon, a scholar of Irish literature and an English-language poet, is Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College, Dublin, where he co-founded and formerly directed the Masters program in Irish Studies. Over the course of his career, Harmon was awarded numerous fellowships in the United States, teaching at Notre Dame University, Harvard University, and the Catholic University of America. In addition, Harmon was a long-time editor of several important journals in the field of Irish Studies, including Irish University Review: A Journal of Irish Studies (1970-1986) and Poetry Ireland Review.

A short article announcing Harmon’s appointment as Burns Visiting Scholar is available via the online archives of the Heights, a student newspaper.

Selected publications:

“A Slowly Twisted Scar: Texture, Theme and Paradox in the Poetry of Thomas Kinsella.” Literary Review Ireland IX, 2002. 

Trans. and intro. The Colloquy of the Old Men:  A Translation of Acallam na Senorach - Stories and Poems. Palo Alto: Academic Press, 2001.

Tales of Death and Other Poems. Belfast: Lapwing, 2001.

Ed. and intro. No Author Better Served: The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Seán O’Faolain, A Life. London: Constable Press, 1994.

With Roger McHugh. Short History of Anglo-Irish Literature from its Origins to the Present Day. Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1982.