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Michael Griffin


Educated at NUI-Galway (BA, MA) and at the University of Oxford, Balliol College (D.Phil.), Michael Griffin is Associate Professor of English in the School of English, Irish, and Communication at the University of Limerick. He has previously taught at Southern Illinois University (2000-2001), and was National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame (2002-2003). His research is primarily in eighteenth century and Irish studies. He is the author of Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith (Bucknell UP, 2013), and has edited The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody (Field Day, 2012) and The Collected Poems of Laurence Whyte (Bucknell UP, 2016). A new Cambridge University Press edition of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith, co-edited with David O'Shaughnessy of Trinity College Dublin, was published in 2018. Professor Griffin is currently editing a volume of Goldsmith's poetry, as part of a multi-volume Cambridge UP edition of Goldsmith's works, for which he is co-general editor. He is also co-editor of Goldsmith in Context, a volume of essays in preparation for Cambridge University Press. Professor Griffin has spoken about his research at the Merriman Summer School (which he directed in 2006), Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, and the Goldsmith Festival (of which he is a committee member). He also gave the 2018 John T. Gilbert Lecture at Pearse Street Library in Dublin, published in 2019 by Dublin City Public Libraries as Live from the Conniving House: Poetry and Music in Eighteenth-Century Dublin.

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