Background and activities
Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Advisory Commitee for Study Programme in English
I teach 1000-level courses on poetry, prose fiction and drama, 2000-level courses on the American short story, nineteenth-century American literature, and 3000-level courses on the American Renaissance and Native American Literature.
I have acted as external representative for three PhD committees (in Canada, England and Sweden), and on numerous committees to evaluate applications for personal promotion.
I work within the field of nineteenth-century American literature and have a specialist interest in the correspondence and poetry of Emily Dickinson. I have acted as a member of the advisory board for the Emily Dickinson Archive, which provides high-resolution images of manuscripts of Dickinson’s poetry, along with transcriptions and annotations from selected historical and scholarly editions. Organised by Harvard University, this is a collaborative project which brings together resources from Houghton Library, Amherst College Library, the Boston Public Library, and others. I am also interested in the writing, reception and translation of singer-songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and am a member of the Translating Cultures research group at NTNU.
I was born in Belfast, and raised in an Irish-speaking community on the Shaws Road. My BA and PhD are from Trinity College Dublin. I have worked at NTNU since 1991.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2019) Studying Literature. 2019. ISBN 978-7-5446-5858-4.
- (2017) "Emily Dickinson’s Letters: Another Revised Date". Notes and Queries. vol. 64 (1).
- (2016) "A[nother] Revised Date for an Emily Dickinson Letter". Notes and Queries. vol. 63 (2).
- (2015) Revised dates for two Emily Dickinson letters. Notes and Queries. vol. 62 (3).
- (2015) Cultural mélange in aesthetic practices. Fagbokforlaget. 2015. ISBN 978-82-450-1721-2.
- (2014) A Revised Date for an Emily Dickinson Letter. Notes and Queries. vol. 61 (4).
- (2014) The Prairie (1827) by James Fenimore Cooper. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 2014. ISBN 978-0-674-05794-4.
- (2012) Each Other's Yarns: Essays on Narrative and Critical Method for Jeremy Hawthorn. Novus Forlag. 2012. ISBN 978-82-7099-687-2.
- (2010) Studying Literature. Bloomsbury Academic. 2010. ISBN 978-0-34098-512-0.
- (2009) International Reception of Emily Dickinson. Continuum. 2009. ISBN 9780826497154.
- (2006) "Ardent Spirits: Temperance in Emily Dickinson's Writing". The Emily Dickinson Journal. vol. XV (2).
- (2002) “Filling in the Blanks: The Significance of Space in Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts.”. Harvard Library Bulletin. vol. 12 (3).
- (2002) Zero at the Bone: New Climates for the Study of Emily Dickinson; Editorial Introduction. Women's Studies. vol. 31 (6).
- (2001) 4 “A Foreign Country: Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts and their Meanings.”. Legacy. vol. 17 (2).
- (2001) “The Grammar of Ornament: Emily Dickinson’s Manuscripts and their Meanings.”. Nineteenth-Century Literature. vol. 55 (4).
- (2000) "Northern Lights: Class, Color, Culture, and Emily Dickinson". The Emily Dickinson Journal. vol. 9 (2).
- (1999) "Emily Dickinson, Ralph Franklin and the Diplomacy of Translation". The Emily Dickinson Journal. vol. 8 (2).