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Nicholas Allen

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Director of the Willson Center
Professor in Humanities

Nicholas Allen is the director of the Willson Center and the Baldwin Professor in the Humanities. His latest book, Ireland, Literature, and the Coast: Seatangled, was published in December 2020 by Oxford University Press. He has been the Burns Visiting Scholar at Boston College and has received many grants and awards, including from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Irish Research Council.  He is currently working on a study of the late poetry of Seamus Heaney.

Research Interests:

Irish Literature

Selected Publications:

Archipelago: A Reader, eds. Nicholas Allen and Fiona Stafford (Lilliput Press, September 2021)

Ireland, Literature and the Coast: Seatangled (Oxford UP, 2020)

Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge, eds. Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom and Jos Smith (Oxford UP, 2017)

Broken Landscapes: Selected Letters of Ernie O’Malley, 1924-1957, eds. Nicholas Allen and Cormac O’Malley (Lilliput Press, 2011)

Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge UP, 2009)     

That Island Never Found, eds. Nicholas Allen and Eve Patten (Four Courts Press, 2007)

The Proper Word: Ireland, Poetry, Politics, ed. Nicholas Allen (Creighton UP, 2007) 

George Russell (Æ) and the New Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2003) 

The Cities of Belfast, eds. Nicholas Allen and Aaron Kelly (Four Courts Press, 2003)

Articles Featuring Nicholas Allen

Coastal Works; Cultures on the Atlantic Edge (Oxford University Press, 2017), edited by Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom and Jos Smith, was recently reviewed by The Times Literary Supplement. In her review, Pamela Clemit notes that "

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