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Professor Peter Kuch

BA (Hons) (Wales), MLitt DPhil (Oxon)
Eamon Cleary Chair

Email peter.kuch@otago.ac.nzpeterkuch
Phone 64 3 479 8634
Office G01
99 Albany Street
Dunedin

Mail  Department of English and Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand


Expertise

Yeats; Joyce; twentieth-century Irish literary history; French literary theory; Australian writers; late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature; bibliography and editing; novel into film.

Professor Kuch is the Eamon Cleary Chair in Irish Studies and Director of the University of Otago Irish Studies programme. Please visit his entry on the Irish Studies page for more information about his work and research areas.

Recent Publication

A new book by Professor Kuch is now available in hardback and ebook formats. See the recent Irish Times extract from Professor Kuch's book, and the Irish Times review from Terence Killeen, as well as Elisabetta D'Erme's review in Trieste's Il Piccolo.

Irish Divorce / Joyce’s Ulysses Kuch Irish Divorce cover

Published by Palgrave Macmillan; available in hardcover and ebook • ISBN 978-1-349-95187-1 www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781349951871

This engrossing, ground-breaking book challenges the long-held conviction that prior to the second divorce referendum of 1995 Irish people could not obtain a divorce that gave them the right to remarry. Joyce knew otherwise. Obtaining a decree absolute in Edwardian Ireland, rather than separation from bed and board, was possible. Bloom’s “Divorce, not now” and Molly’s “suppose I divorced him”—whether whim, wish, fantasy, or conviction—reflects an Irish practice of petitioning the English court, a ruse that, even though it was known to lawyers, judges, and politicians at the time, has long been forgotten. By drawing attention to divorce as one response to adultery, Joyce created a domestic and legal space in which to interrogate the sometimes rival and sometimes collusive Imperial and Ecclesiastical hegemonies that sought to control the Irish mind. This compelling, original book provides a refreshingly new frame for enjoying Ulysses even as it prompts the general reader to think about relationships and about the politics of concealment that operate in forging national identity.

Teaching

ENGL 131 Controversal Classics
ENGL 240 Modernism: Joyce (not offered 2018)
ENGL 241 Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre (not offered 2018)
ENGL 340 Modernism: Joyce (not offered 2018)
ENGL 341 Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre (not offered 2018)
ENGL 350 Special Topic: Contemporary Irish and Scottish Poetry
ENGL 408 Writing the Nation - "Fact"? and/or "Fiction"?

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Publications

Kuch, P. (2017). Irish Divorce / Joyce's Ulysses. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-57186-1

Kuch, P. (2017). Irish working-class writing in Australasia, 1860-1960: Contrasts and comparisons. In M. Pierse (Ed.), A history of Irish working-class writing. (pp. 226-242). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316570425

Kuch, P. (2017, July). Regaining "one's mental balance": Reading the Oxen of the Sun episode in Ulysses. Plenary presentation at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (IASIL) Conference: Ireland's Writers in the 21st Century, Singapore.

Kuch, P. (2017, February). A handful of tea: Money and monster novels. Verbal presentation at the The X James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference, Rome, Italy.

Kuch, P. R. (2017, June). Laws, statutes, regulations, bylaws and case-law: Reading space and place in the colonial Edwardian Dublin of Ulysses. Verbal presentation at the North American James Joyce Conference: Diasporic Joyce, Toronto, Canada.

Authored Book - Research

Kuch, P. (2017). Irish Divorce / Joyce's Ulysses. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-57186-1

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Edited Book - Research

Kuch, P. (Ed.). (2011). Writings on literature and art by G. W. Russell ‘A. E.’. Gerrards Cross, UK: Colin Smythe, 474p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Kuch, P. (2017). Irish working-class writing in Australasia, 1860-1960: Contrasts and comparisons. In M. Pierse (Ed.), A history of Irish working-class writing. (pp. 226-242). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316570425

Kuch, P. (2016). Suspended endings: Nothing 'but' Yeats. In D. J. Foley (Ed.), Yeats 150. (pp. 189-200). Dublin, Ireland: Lilliput Press.

Kuch, P. (2015). Oscar Wilde in the digitized Australasian press, 1 June 1880 - 31 December 1900. In W. Zach & M. Kenneally (Eds.), Literatures in English: New frontiers in research. (pp. 229-244). Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg Verlag.

Kuch, P. (2012). ‘We writers are not politicians’: W.B. Yeats: Poetry, plays, prose and politics, and the politics of publication. In P. Marks (Ed.), Literature and politics: Pushing the world in certain directions. (pp. 61-70). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Kuch, P. (2011). Truth and counter-truth; Rage and order: W. B. Yeats's poems in The Dial, November 1920. In M. Gula, M. Kurdi & I. D. Rácz (Eds.), The binding strength of Irish studies: Festschrift in honour of Csilla Bertha and Donald E. Morse. (pp. 191-197). Debrecen University Press.

Kuch, P. (2011). Introduction. In P. Kuch (Ed.), Writings on literature and art by G. W. Russell ‘A. E.’. (pp. 1-31). Gerrards Cross, UK: Colin Smythe.

Kuch, P. (2010). Re-awakening the “wake”: Contested images of “Irishness” in colonial Australasia. In M. H. Mutran, L. P. Z. de Izarra & B. K. X. Bastos (Eds.), A garland of words: For Maureen O'Rourke Murphy. (pp. 137-153). São Paulo, Brazil: Humanitas.

Kuch, P. (2009). Kilkenny, Melbourne, New York: George Tallis and the Irish theatrical diaspora. In J. P. Harrington (Ed.), Irish theater in America: Essays on Irish theatrical diaspora. (pp. 78-92). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Kuch, P. (2008). The Gigli Concert in Brisbane and Sydney. In W. Zach & M. Kenneally (Eds.), Literatures in English: Priorities of Research. (pp. 243-250). Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg.

Kuch, P. (2008). The Gigli Concert in Brisbane and Sydney. In L. P. Z. Izarra & B. K. X. Bastos (Eds.), A new Ireland in Brazil: Festschrift in honour of Munira Hamud Mutran. (pp. 163-176). Sao Paulo, Brazil: Humanitas.

Kuch, P. (2008). 'We got on splendidly!': The Irish Players in Queensland in 1922. In L. M. Geary & A. J. McCarthy (Eds.), Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: History, politics and culture. (pp. 93-103). Dublin, Ireland: Irish Academic Press.

Kuch, P. (2008). An antipodean epic: Cloudstreet at the Dublin Theatre Festival. In N. Grene, P. Lonergan & L. Chambers (Eds.), Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007. (pp. 157-172). Dublin, Ireland: Carysfort Press.

Kuch, P. (2008). Sarah Bernhardt, the Irish, et le pays de kangaroo. In M. Pelletier & A. Poulain (Eds.), Études Irlandaises: Théâtres de France et d'Irlande (Vol. 33-2). (pp. 31-41). Villeneuve d'Ascoq, France: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion.

Kuch, P. (2007). Keeping within the borders. In E. Thumboo & R. I. Sayson (Eds.), Writing Asia: The literatures in Englishes: (Volume 1: From the inside: Asia-Pacific Literatures in Englishes). (pp. 412-423). Singapore: Ethos Books.

Kuch, P. (2007). The Irish Players and the conquest of London. In R. Cave & B. Levitas (Eds.), Irish theatre in England: Irish theatrical diaspora series (Vol. 2). (pp. 53-66). Dublin, Ireland: Carysfort Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Kuch, P. (2013). Irish playwrights and the Dunedin stage in 1862: Theatre patrons performing civility. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 15, 90-100.

Kuch, P. (2010). ‘Irishness’ on the New Zealand stage, 1860-1920: The Boucicault and Allgood Tours. Journal of Irish & Scottish Studies, 4(1), 99-118.

Kuch, P. (2010). The Irish and the Australasian colonial stage: Confrontation and compromise. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 10, 105-118.

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Journal - Research Other

Kuch, P. (2016). [Review of the book Walter Starkie: An odyssey]. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 39(2), 279-281. [Book Review].

Kuch, P. (2010). [Review of the book The myth of an Irish cinema: Approaching Irish-themed films]. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 10, 137-143.

Kuch, P. (2010). [Review of the book Four Irish rebel plays]. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 10, 145-148.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Kuch, P. (2011). Dancing women and shadowy gunmen: The Abbey Theatre in the 'City of Churches'. In J. Hurtley, M. Kenneally & W. Zach (Eds.), Literatures in English: Ethnic, colonial and cultural encounters. (pp. 301-314). Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg. [Full Paper]

Kuch, P. (2010). Irishness, the Australasian colonial theatre and the public sphere. In K. Patterson (Ed.), Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart? (pp. 203-216). Sydney, Australia: Anchor Books Australia. [Full Paper]

Kuch, P., & Hegarty, R. (2006). Government and media. In C. Hunt Mahony, L. Izarra, E. Malcolm, J. P. Harrington, O. Pilný & C. Crowe (Eds.), The Future of Irish Studies: Report of the Irish Forum. (pp. 39-46). Prague, Czech Republic: Irish Forum and the Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kuch, P. (2013). Bloom/ing strategies: ‘Can real love, supposing there happens to be another chap in the case, exist between married folk? Proceedings of the Joycean Worlds Conference. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/irish_studies/Joycean%20Worlds%202013/Program%20Joycean%20World.pdf

Kuch, P. (2009). ″Irishness″, the Australasian colonial theatre and the public sphere. Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Irish Studies Conference: Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart? Retrieved from http://isaanz.org/conference/16th-australasian-irish-studies-conference-wellington-2009

Kuch, P. (2009). ‘We writers are not politicians’: W.B. Yeats: Poetry, plays, prose and politics, and the politics of publication. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Association for Literature Conference: Literature and Politics. Retrieved from http://www.aal.asn.au/conference/2009/index.shtml

Kuch, P. (2008). Imaging history/historicising the image: Issues of historicity in The crying game (1992), Michael Collins (1996), and The wind that shakes the barley (2006). In C. Fowler & R. Simmons (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (Vol. 1: Refereed Abstracts). (pp. 43-44). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Film, Media and Communication, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Kuch, P. (2007). Off-screen in Ireland. Proceedings of the Screenscapes Conference: Past, Present, Future. Retrieved from http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/conference/screenscapes/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kuch, P. (2017, July). Regaining "one's mental balance": Reading the Oxen of the Sun episode in Ulysses. Plenary presentation at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (IASIL) Conference: Ireland's Writers in the 21st Century, Singapore.

Kuch, P. R. (2017, June). Laws, statutes, regulations, bylaws and case-law: Reading space and place in the colonial Edwardian Dublin of Ulysses. Verbal presentation at the North American James Joyce Conference: Diasporic Joyce, Toronto, Canada.

Kuch, P. (2017, February). A handful of tea: Money and monster novels. Verbal presentation at the The X James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference, Rome, Italy.

Kuch, P. (2017, June-July). Rethinking the "public" in Ulysses. Verbal presentation at the Trieste Joyce School, Trieste, Italy.

Kuch, P. (2016, March-April). Play v play: The 1916 Rising and the New Zealand stage. Verbal presentation at the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS): The Worlding of Irish Studies, Notre Dame, IN.

Kuch, P. (2015, June). Suspended endings: Nothing 'but' Yeats. Verbal presentation at the Yeats Day Seminar, Melbourne, Australia.

Kuch, P. (2014, June-July). Bloom/ing strategies. Verbal presentation at the Trieste Joyce School, Trieste, Italy.

Kuch, P. (2014, June). ‘Bloowho’ and silence: The ‘Sirens’ episode in Ulysses. Verbal presentation at the Silence . . . and Irish Writing Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

Kuch, P. (2014, June-July). Five readers in search of a text: Reading A Portrait [Seminar leader]. Verbal presentation at the Trieste Joyce School, Trieste, Italy.

Kuch, P. (2014, July). Embodied emotion and The Hibernian Father. Verbal presentation at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) Conference: Embodying/Disembodying Ireland, Lille, France.

Kuch, P. (2013, July). Irish studies: Past, present, and future. Plenary presentation at the Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English (CISLE) Conference: Literatures in English: New Frontiers in Research, Innsbruck, Austria.

Kuch, P. (2013, July). Urbanisation, civility and the ‘rational entertainment’/’legitimate drama’ controversies. Verbal presentation at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Kuch, P. (2012, July). Transmigration: A carefully weighted word: Latour and the "other" in Irish novels and film. Verbal presentation at the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Kuch, P. (2012, August). The goldfields and Irish theatre in Dunedin. Verbal presentation at the 150 Years of Riches Conference: The Central Otago Gold Rush, 1862-2012, Cromwell, New Zealand.

Kuch, P. (2012, November). Global Theatre: Global Ireland. Verbal presentation at the 19th Australasian Irish Studies Conference: Global Ireland, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kuch, P. (2012, November). Irish plays on the Dunedin stage: 1862-9. Verbal presentation at the Commanding an Audience: Performance in Colonial Culture Colloquium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kuch, P. (2012, June). Industrial turmoil and exogamous marriages: The Abbey Irish Players in Queensland in 1922. Verbal presentation at the North Conference: Exile, Diaspora, Troubled Performance, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Kuch, P. (2012, July). Teaching demanding texts: The poetry of W. B. Yeats. Workshop presentation at the New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English (NZATE) Conference: Words to Burn: Ideas to Ignite, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kuch, P. (2009, July). ″Irishness″, the Australasian colonial theatre and the public sphere. Keynote presentation at the 16th Australasian Irish Studies Conference: Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart? Wellington, New Zealand.

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