Frank Shovlin is professor of Irish Literature in English at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies. He is the author of Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival (2012, Liverpool University Press); The Irish Literary Periodical 1923-1958 (2003, Clarendon Press); and many scholarly articles and chapters. In 2016 Shovlin published a monograph on John McGahern’s writing style assisted by the award of a Leverhulme Study Abroad fellowship in 2012-13, which he used to spend the year in the McGahern archive at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He returned to Galway in the summer of 2014 courtesy of a Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship. Stemming from this work, he is now editing The Letters of John McGahern for a forthcoming Faber volume and was appointed McGahern’s authorized biographer in 2018. For the academic year 2018-19 he is working full time on McGahern’s letters as a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow.
Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Art. This lecture is free and open to the public.