Michael Griffin


 
researcher

Biography

Educated at NUI-Galway (BA, MA) and at the University of Oxford, Balliol College (D.Phil.). Assistant Professor of English, Southern Illinois University (2000-2001), National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame (2002-2003). Teaching at University of Limerick from 2003 to the present. Teaching and research interests include literary and cultural cultural criticism and theory; literature and enlightenment; literature and science; poetry and music; Irish studies; and utopian/dystopian satire. Has published widely on eighteenth-century studies, utopian studies, and Irish writing in English, in journals such as The Review of English Studies, the Field Day Review, Utopian Studies, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, and History Ireland. Has contributed essays on eighteenth-century Ireland to collections of essays on colonial discourse, Clare history, and Edmund Burke. Has also co-edited (with Tom Moylan), Exploring the Utopian Impulse (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007) and (with Breandán MacSuibhne) a special edition of Éire-Ireland on Irish Catholicism. Has contributed biographical essays on John Aikin and Charles Burney to the Gale Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Historians. A collection of essays on Irish visual culture, co-edited with Eoin Flannery, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2009. His edition of The Selected Works of Thomas Dermody was published by Field Day Press in 2012; a monograph, Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith, was published in July of 2013 by Bucknell University Press (paperback 2015). An edition of the poetry of Laurence Whyte was published by Bucknell UP in 2016. A new Cambridge edition of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith, co-edited with David O'Shaughnessy of Trinity College Dublin, was published in 2018. Awarded an Augustin Hamilton Parker Fellowship at Harvard University's Houghton Library November-December 2018. Currently editing a volume of Goldsmith's poetry, as part of a multi-volume Cambridge UP edition of Goldsmith's works.

Head of English, 2011-2014; Assistant Dean of Faculty (Academic Affairs), 2014-2017. Currently Head of School of English, Irish, and Communication.

Research Interests

Irish Studies, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Poetry, Poetics, Criticism and Theory; The History of the Magazine.

Books

  Year Publication
2018 The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith.
Michael Griffin, David O'Shaughnessy, Oliver Goldsmith (2018) The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2016 The Collected Poems of Laurence Whyte.
Michael Griffin, Laurence Whyte (2016) The Collected Poems of Laurence Whyte. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press. [Details]
2013 Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith.
Michael Griffin (2013) Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith. (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press. [Details]
2012 The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody.
Michael Griffin, Thomas Dermody (2012) The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody. Dublin: Field Day Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Oliver Goldsmith'
Michael Griffin (2017) 'Oliver Goldsmith' In: The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2007 'Burke, Goldsmith and the Irish Absentees'
Griffin, MJ (2007) 'Burke, Goldsmith and the Irish Absentees' In: Edmund Burke's Irish Identities. Duiblin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]
2007 'Hy-Brazil Hybridized: Utopian Colonies and Colonial Utopias in Ireland, 1641-1760'
Michael Griffin (2007) 'Hy-Brazil Hybridized: Utopian Colonies and Colonial Utopias in Ireland, 1641-1760' In: Enemies of Empire. Dublin: Four Courts. [Details]
2007 'Across Time and Space: The Utopian Impulses of Andrey Tarkovsky’s Stalker'
Michael Griffin and Dara Waldron (2007) 'Across Time and Space: The Utopian Impulses of Andrey Tarkovsky’s Stalker' In: Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
2008 '‘Our Native Tongue Most Shamefully Rejected’: Education, Print Culture and English Literature in Eighteenth-Century Ennis'
Michael Griffin (2008) '‘Our Native Tongue Most Shamefully Rejected’: Education, Print Culture and English Literature in Eighteenth-Century Ennis' In: Clare: History and Society. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
2011 'The Two Enlightenments of Merriman’s Clare'
Michael Griffin (2011) 'The Two Enlightenments of Merriman’s Clare' In: Brian Merriman’s Midnight Court. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. [Details]
2011 'Arcades Ambo: Robert Burns and Thomas Dermody'
Michael Griffin (2011) 'Arcades Ambo: Robert Burns and Thomas Dermody' In: Burns and the Poets. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Details]
2014 '‘What d’ye call him, Tierconneldrago: Oliver Goldsmith and the Seven Years’ War’'
Michael Griffin (2014) '‘What d’ye call him, Tierconneldrago: Oliver Goldsmith and the Seven Years’ War’' In: The Culture of the Seven Years’ War: Empire, Identity and the Arts in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World. Toronto: University Press of Toronto. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2016 Special Issue on Roger Casement: the Glocal Imperative
Michael Griffin, Brian O Conchubhair, John Gibney (Ed.). (2016) Special Issue on Roger Casement: the Glocal Imperative https://breac.nd.edu/articles/category/roger-casement/: breac.nd.edu/Notre Dame. [Details]
2007 Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice
Michael Griffin and Tom Moylan (Ed.). (2007) Exploring the Utopian Impulse: Essays on Utopian Thought and Practice Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
2009 Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture
Michael Griffin and Eoin Flannery (Ed.). (2009) Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2001 'Delicate Allegories, Deceitful Mazes: Goldsmith's Landscapes'
Griffin, MJ (2001) 'Delicate Allegories, Deceitful Mazes: Goldsmith's Landscapes'. EIGHTEENTH CENTURY IRELAND, 16 (*):104-115 [Details]
2005 'Utopian Music and the Problem of Luxury'
Griffin, MJ (2005) 'Utopian Music and the Problem of Luxury'. UTOPIAN STUDIES, 16 (2):247-266 [Details]
2005 'Irish Catholics: Special Issue, edited'
Michael Griffin, Breandán MacSuibhne (2005) 'Irish Catholics: Special Issue, edited'. Eire-Ireland, 40 (1 and 2) [Details]
2005 'Editors' Introduction'
Griffin, MJ; MacSuibhne, B (2005) 'Editors' Introduction'. EIRE/IRELAND JOURNAL OF THE IRISH AMERICAN CULTURAL INS, 40 (1&2):5-10 [Details]
2006 'Infatuated to his Ruin: The Fate of Tom Dermody'
Griffin, MJ (2006) 'Infatuated to his Ruin: The Fate of Tom Dermody'. HISTORY IRELAND, 14 (3):21-25 [Details]
2007 'Affiliated to the Future: Culture, the Celt, and Matthew Arnold’s Utopia'
Michael Griffin (2007) 'Affiliated to the Future: Culture, the Celt, and Matthew Arnold’s Utopia'. Utopian Studies, 18 (3):325-344 [Details]
2013 'Between Pope and Merriman: The Poetics and Politics of R Buggin’s The Inchanted Garden (1716)'
Michael Griffin (2013) 'Between Pope and Merriman: The Poetics and Politics of R Buggin’s The Inchanted Garden (1716)'. Eighteenth Century Ireland, 27 :11-29 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
1999 'Oliver Goldsmith and François-Ignace Espiard de la Borde: An Instance of Plagiarism'
Michael Griffin (1999) 'Oliver Goldsmith and François-Ignace Espiard de la Borde: An Instance of Plagiarism' The Review of English Studies, 50 (197) :59-63. [Details]
2006 'Da’s Boat, or Can the Submarine Speak?: The Ulster Miscellany (1752) and Other Glimpses of the Irish Atlantis'
Michael Griffin and Breandán MacSuibhne (2006) 'Da’s Boat, or Can the Submarine Speak?: The Ulster Miscellany (1752) and Other Glimpses of the Irish Atlantis' Field Day Review, 2 :111-127. [Details]
2011 'Crossing LInes with John Williams'
Michael Griffin (2011) 'Crossing LInes with John Williams' The John McGahern Yearbook, 4 :36-43. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 The 21st Annual Gilbert Lecture
Michael John Griffin (2018) Live from the Conniving House: Poetry and Music in Eighteenth-Century Dublin The 21st Annual Gilbert Lecture [Details]
2010 Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference
Michael Griffin (2010) The Popean Influence in R. Buggin’s The Inchanted Garden (1716) Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference [Details]
2005 American Conference for Irish Studies
Michael Griffin (2005) ¿Infatuated to His Ruin¿: The Fate of Thomas Dermody, 1775-1802¿ . In: * eds. American Conference for Irish Studies , 10-APR-05 - 10-APR-05 , pp.*-* [Details]
2005 Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference
Michael Griffin (2005) ¿The Cult of Tom Dermody¿ . In: * eds. Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference , 10-JUN-05 - 10-JUN-05 , pp.*-* [Details]
2005 The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse
Michael Griffin and Breandan MacSuibhne (2005) ¿Improving and Surprizing: Manus O¿Donnel¿s Voyage to O¿Brazeel (1752)¿ . In: * eds. The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse , 10-MAR-05 - 10-MAR-05 , pp.*-* [Details]
2005 The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse, , March ;
Michael Griffin (2005) ¿Time, Music and the Utopian Footpath: Andrey Tarkovsky¿s Stalker¿ . In: * eds. The First Ralahine Centre Conference on Utopian Studies: Exploring the Utopian Impulse, , March ; , 10-MAR-05 - 10-MAR-05 , pp.*-* [Details]
2004 Utopian Studies Conference
Michael Griffin (2004) ¿Music, Luxury, and Utopia¿ . In: * eds. Utopian Studies Conference , 05-JUL-04 - 05-JUL-04 , pp.*-* [Details]
2004 Enemies of Empire: An Interdisciplinary Conference, , June 2004
Michael Griffin (2004) ¿Ireland and Empire in Goldsmith¿s The Deserted Village¿ . In: * eds. Enemies of Empire: An Interdisciplinary Conference, , June 2004 , 10-JUN-04 - 10-JUN-04 , pp.*-* [Details]
2004 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Michael Griffin (2004) ¿Auburn as Utopia: The Politics of Goldsmith¿s Pastoral¿ . In: * eds. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies , 02-MAR-04 - 02-MAR-04 , pp.*-* [Details]
2004 American Conference for Irish Studies
Michael Griffin (2004) ¿Burke and Goldsmith¿ . In: * eds. American Conference for Irish Studies , 10-JUL-04 - 10-JUL-05 , pp.*-* [Details]
2003 American Conference for Irish Studies, National Meeting, ;
Michael Griffin (2003) ¿Crouching Tigers, Hidden Indians: Georgia in The Deserted Village¿ . In: * eds. American Conference for Irish Studies, National Meeting, ; , 06-JUN-03 - 06-JUN-03 , pp.*-* [Details]
2002 American Conference for Irish Studies, Midwest Section
Michael Griffin (2002) ¿Half the Convex World Between: Oliver Goldsmith, Ireland, and Georgia¿ . In: * eds. American Conference for Irish Studies, Midwest Section , 10-OCT-02 - 10-OCT-02 , pp.*-* [Details]
2012 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Michael Griffin (2012) Laurence Whyte, Oliver Goldsmith and Irish Jacobitism American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies,
Michael John Griffin (2017) Oliver Goldsmith and the Weekly Magazine. [Oral Presentation], American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Minneapolis, MN [Details]
2017 Storytelling in the Spectator Magazines Conference,
Michael John Griffin (2017) Superinducements: Nationality in the Weekly Magazine. [Invited Oral Presentation], Storytelling in the Spectator Magazines Conference, University of Graz, Austria [Details]
2015 The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium,
Michael John Griffin (2015) Goldsmith's America; America's Goldsmith. [Plenary Lecture], The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium, University of Liverpool [Details]
2012 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference,
Michael Griffin (2012) Laurence Whyte, Oliver Goldsmith and Irish Jacobitism’. [Oral Presentation], American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, San Antonio, Texas, , 21-MAR-12 - 26-MAR-12 [Details]
2013 Irish Association for American Studies Conference,
Michael Griffin (2013) ‘Landscape and Liberty in Eighteenth-Century American Poetry’. [Chaired Session], Irish Association for American Studies Conference, University of Limerick , 26-APR-13 - 27-APR-13 [Details]
2013 Strokestown Poetry Festival,
Michael Griffin (2013) ‘Oliver Goldsmith, the Midlands and Music’,. [Oral Presentation], Strokestown Poetry Festival, Strokestown House, Co. Roscommon , 04-MAY-13 - 05-MAY-13 [Details]
2013 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference,
Michael Griffin (2013) ‘A Tale of Two Taylors: Poetry and Poverty in Eighteenth-Century Ireland’,. [Oral Presentation], American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Cleveland , 03-APR-13 - 07-APR-13 [Details]
2013 American Conference for Irish Studies,
Michael Griffin (2013) ‘The Go-Betweens: Poetry, Music, and Irishness in Eighteenth-Century Dublin’. [Oral Presentation], American Conference for Irish Studies, Chicago , 10-APR-13 - 13-APR-13 [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
2016 Oliver Goldsmith, Oxford Bibliographies, OUP.
Michael Griffin (2016) Oliver Goldsmith, Oxford Bibliographies, OUP. Oxford: Electronic Publication [Details]
2012 Digitisation of an 18th Century Limerick Periodical, The Magazine of Magazines.
Geraldine Sheridan, Michael Griffin, Yvonne Diggins (2012) Digitisation of an 18th Century Limerick Periodical, The Magazine of Magazines. Electronic Publication [Details]

Biographical Item

  Year Publication
2007 ‘John Aikin’.
Michael Griffin (2007) ‘John Aikin’. Biographical Item [Details]
2007 'Charles Burney'.
Michael Griffin (2007) 'Charles Burney'. Biographical Item [Details]

Electronic Journal

  Year Publication
2007 West47Online Literary Review.
Michael Griffin (2007) West47Online Literary Review. Electronic Journal [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 NDLR people's Choice Award Winner 2012: National (LiNC) projects. National Digital Learning Resources, HEA
2008 Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino California Huntington LIbrary
2002 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
American Conference for Irish Studies ordinary member /
Utopian Studies Society ordinary member /
Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Ordinary Member /
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies ordinary member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Academic Programmes Review Committee AHSS representative 2012 / 2013
Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) AHSS representative 2012 / 2013
Cumann Merriman Director, 2006 Summer School, Advisor on Local History 2005 / 1899

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2002 University of Oxford Doctor of Philosophy
1995 NUI Master of Arts
1994 NUI B.A.
1997 University of Oxford M.Sc.

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
French Functional
Irish Functional

Teaching Interests

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature; Irish Studies; Poetry, Poetics, and Rhetoric. Literary Theory and Criticism.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
After the Revival: Studies in Modern Irish Poetry EH4033
Critical Practice 2: Renaissance Literature EH4002
Utopian Theory and Texts CU6012
Literary and Cultural Theory CU6051
Sensibility and Romanticism EH4013
Restoration and Augustan Literature EH4012