Ronan McDonald holds the Gerry Higgins Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is Vice President of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. He has research interests in Irish literature, especially Irish modernism, the history of criticism and the value of the humanities. His books include Tragedy and Irish Literature (2002), The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2007) and The Death of the Critic (2008). Edited collections include The Values of Literary Studies: Critical Institutions, Scholarly Agendas (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Flann O’Brien and Modernism (2014). His monograph on The Irish Revival, Modernism and the Making of Literary Value is forthcoming with Cambridge UP. He is the series editor for Cambridge Themes in Irish Literature and Culture.
University of Melbourne
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