Otago Irish Studies

Peter Kuch

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Peter Kuch is the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies. He holds an Honours degree from the University of Wales and an M.Litt and D.Phil from Oxford, where he studied with Richard Ellmann and John Kelly. He has held posts at the University of Newcastle, Australia; Université de Caen, France; and the University of New South Wales, Australia; and been a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University; at Trinity College, Dublin; and the Keogh Naughton Institute at Notre Dame (USA). He has published more than 60 refereed articles, book chapters and books on Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Irish theatre, Irish literature, Irish and Australian film, literary theory, Australian literature, and Irish/Australian history and presented conference papers and given lectures in over 30 countries. He is a commissioning editor for the Irish Studies Review (Routledge) and is on the Editorial Board of several journals.

His most recent book, Irish Divorce/Joyce's Ulysses (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) has received plaudits from Professors Declan Kiberd ("a tour de force"), Finn Fordham ("original, provocative, compelling"), Luke Gibbons ("exemplary scholarship") and Terence Killeen ("Hugely impressive. … changes the balance of forces in the [Blooms'] relationship, and in the whole concept of marriage in Ireland").

He is currently engaged in writing a cultural history of the performance of Irish theatre in New Zealand and Australia and is the representative for those countries on the international organising committee of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project. He is available to supervise post-graduate research in any of those areas on which he has published.


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Email: peter.kuch@otago.ac.nz

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Irish Divorce / Joyce's Ulysses

Kuch, P.R. (2017). Irish Divorce / Joyce’s Ulysses. Palgrave Macmillan: US. ISBN 978-1-349-95187-1. Available in hardback and ebook formats from 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.

Reviews forIrish Divorce / Joyce's Ulysses:

"Written by a major expert on the subject, this book combines a fine sensitivity to Joyce's texts with an assured understanding of his contexts--a tour de force". - Declan Kiberd

“Original, provocative, compelling ...Kuch has provided a fascinating new frame for considering Joyce’s great novel as a whole."- Finn Fordham

"Joyce’s awareness of the intricacies of divorce law, as Irish Divorce/Joyce's Ulysses brilliantly shows, illuminates not only hidden corners of the Blooms’ troubled marriage but also darker sides of Victorian respectability and Catholic Ireland. Alive to both text and context, Kuch's exemplary scholarship and eye for detail demonstrates how literature often picks up where law leaves off, allowing valuable new insights into the intimacies and anxieties of domestic life in late colonial Ireland.” - Luke Gibbons

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 Il Piccolo.




Writings on Literature and ArtIrelands in the Asia-PacificBruce DaweConversationsYeats and AE


Kuch, P. R. (Ed.). (2011). Writings on Literature and Art: Volume IV of The Collected Works of George William Russell (AE). Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe. ISBN 978-0-901072-45-0

Review for Writings on Literature and Art: Volume IV of The Collected Works of George William Russell (AE):

"AE's writings on literature and art that Kuch has judiciously assembled here testify to Russell's seminal influence on modern Irish criticism, making Writings on Literature and Art an indispensable resource for readers and scholars of Irish Culture in the years ahead." Michael McAteer, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies.

Kuch, P. R., & Robson, J. (Eds.). (2003). Irelands in the Asia-Pacific. Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe. Being Papers Delivered at the Second IASIL Asia-Pacific Symposium, UNSW. ISBN 0-86140-414-9.

Kuch, P. R. (1995). Bruce Dawe: Australian Writers Series. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-553480-8

Review for Bruce Dawe: Australian Writers Series:

"Bruce Dawe’s poetry finally receives the attention it deserves …” - Abodunrin, F., Rowe, N., Moore, J., Billingham, S., Burnett, P., Langran, P., & Durix, C. (1996). New Literatures in English. The Year’s Work in English Studies, 77, p. 870.

Kuch, P. R., & Kavanagh, P. (1991). Conversations: Australian Writers on Writing. Sydney: Collins/Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-17005-3

Kuch, P. R. (1986). Yeats and AE: ‘the antagonism that unites dear friends’ . Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; New York: Barnes and Noble. ISBN 0-389-20603-2

Reviews for Yeats and AE: 'the antagonism that unites dear friends':

John Kavanagh, Irish Post, 19 July 1986; Derek Mahon, Irish Times, 26 July 1986; Monk Gibbon, Hibernia, July 1986; Richard Pine, Irish Tribune, 3 August 1986; Ulick O’Connor, Sunday Independent, 17 August 1986; Timothy Webb, British Book News, October 1986, p. 608; John Hanratty, Linen Hall Review, Winter 1986, p. 31; Sylvan Barnett, Choice, November 1986, p. 476; Anon., The Year’s Work in English Studies, vol. lxvii, 1986, p. 150; Declan Kiberd, Times Literary Supplement, 13 February 1987, p. 166; Aileen Douglas, Studies, Spring 1987; Maureen Murphy, Irish Literary Supplement, Spring 1987, p. 25; Vincent Buckley, Times on Sunday, 21 June 1987, p. 33; Robert Graecen, Books Ireland, July/August 1987, pp. 135-136; James F Carens, Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies, vol V, 1987, pp. 243-246; George Mills Harper, Yeats Annual, vol VII, 1990, pp. 259-262.

A ‘most sophisticated and sensitive exploration of Æ’s ideas’ — Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford, Times Literary Supplement, 16 May 2003.

This book closely examines the history of one of the major literary associations of the Irish Literary Renaissance. Focusing on the first twenty-five years of their fifty-year friendship, it seeks to describe Yeats’s and Russell’s association in terms of their respective imaginative developments and the development of the literary movement as a whole. The book draws extensively from both writers’ published and unpublished writings as well as from the literature, diaries, journals and correspondence of the period.

The PupilOldfeld

Gibbon, M. (1981). The Pupil. Dublin: Wolfhound Press. ISBN 0 905473 68 X

Reviews for The Pupil:

Widely reviewed in Irish and English Press. Monk Gibbon (1896-1987), admired as a stylist, is one of Ireland’s most respected minor writers. He has published more than twenty-five books. The Pupil recounts his experiences as an English Master at “Oldfeld”, a Quaker boarding school near Swanage, Dorset, in the 1930s. It sensitively explores his attraction to one of his most engaging students, Anne de Selincourt. In addition to arranging for its publication, I ghosted the novel. The novel has been reprinted three times.


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Edited journal


Guest editor of Irish Studies Review, 13(3), containing the following articles:

Kuch, P. R. (2005). Prism! Where is that baby? Locating Wilde in 2004. Irish Studies Review, 13(3), 277-281.

Kuch, P. R. (2005). Wickedness in the family. Irish Studies Review, 13(3), 283-290.

Kuch, P. R. (2005). Wildean politics - 'or whatever one wants to call it'. Irish Studies Review, 13(3), 369-377.

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Book chapters


Yeats 150Literatures in EnglishLIterature and PoliticsIrish Theater in AmericaInteractionsIreland, Australia and New ZealandIrish Theatre in EnglandIrish Theatre on TourThe Geography of LawIrish Australian StudiesOmnium Gatherum

Kuch, P.R. (2017). "Irish Working-Class Writing in Australasia, 1860-1960: Contrasts and Comparisons" in Michael Pierse (Ed.), A History of Irish Working-Class Writing (pp. 226 - 242). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kuch, P. R. (2016). Suspended endings - Nothing 'but' Yeats. In D. J. Foley (Ed.). Yeats 150 (pp. 189-200). Dublin: The Lilliput Press. ISBN 978-1-84351-645-3.

Kuch, P. R. (2015). Oscar Wilde in the digitized Australian Press, 1 June 1880 - 31 December 1900. In W. Zach and M. Kenneally (Eds.), Literatures in English: New Frontiers in Research (pp. 229-244). Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag. ISBN 978-3-86057-324-2

Kuch, P. R. (2012). “We writers are not politicians” — W.B. Yeats: Poetry, plays, prose, and the politics of publication. In P. Marks (Ed.), Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions (pp. 61-70). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Kuch, P. R. (2011). Truth and Counter-Truth; Rage and Order: W.B. Yeats’s Poems in The Dial, November 1920. In M. Gula, M. Kurda, I. D. Racz (Eds.), The Binding Strength of Irish Studies: Festschrift in Honour of Csilla Bertha and Donald E Morse (pp. 191-197). Debrecen: Debrecen University Press.

Kuch, P. R. (2010). Re-Awakening the 'wake'— Contested images of 'Irishness' in Colonial Australasia. In M. H. Mutran, L. P. Z. Izarra, and B. K. X. Bastos (Eds.), A Garland of Words: For Maureen O'Rourke Murphy (pp.137-153). Sao Paulo: Humanitas. ISBN 978-85-7732-153-7

Kuch, P. R. (2010). Irishness, the Australasian Colonial Theatre and the Public Sphere. In B. Patterson and K. Patterson (Eds.), Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart? (pp. 203-216). Melbourne: Anchor Books. (Plenary Address to the Australasian Irish Studies Conference, 9-12 July 2009, Wellington, New Zealand).

Kuch, P. R. (2010). 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). Tubingen: Stauffenburg. ISBN 978-3-86057-322-8

Kuch, P. R. (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). New York: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-3169-9

Kuch, P. (2008). An antipodean epic: Cloudstreet at the Dublin Theatre Festival. In N. Grene & P. Lonergan (Eds.), Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007: Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series: 3 (pp. 157-172). Dublin: Carysfort Press. ISBN 978-1-904505-36-5

Kuch, P. R. (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 & Portland, Oregon: Irish Academic Press. ISBN 978 0 7165 2861 6 and 978 0 7165 2862 3

Kuch, P. R. (2008). The Gigli Concert in Brisbane and Sydney. In W. Zach & M. Kenneally (Eds.), Literatures in English: Priorities in Research: Studies in English and Comparative Literature (pp. 243-250). Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8607-321-1; Revised for L. P. Izarra & B. K. X. Bastos (Eds.), A New Ireland in Brazil: Festschrift in Honour of Munira Hamud Mutran (pp.163-176). Sao Paulo: Humanitas. ISBN 978-85-7732=072-1

Kuch, P. R. (2007). The Irish Players and the Conquest of London. In R. Cave & B. Levitas (Eds.), Irish Theatre in England: Irish Theatrical Disapora Series: 2 (pp. 53-66). Dublin: Carysfort Press. ISBN-10 1-904505-26-0 ISBN-13 1-904505-26-6

Kuch, P. R. (2007). Keeping within the Borders. In E. Thumboo (Ed.), Writing Asia: The Literatures in Englishes: Vol. 1 (pp. 412-423). Singapore: Ethos Books. ISBN 9789810593148 and 9810593147

Kuch, P. R. (2005). The Abbey Irish Players in Australia—1922. In N. Grene & C. Morash (Eds.), Irish Theatre on Tour: Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series: 1 (pp. 69-88). Dublin: Carysfort Press. ISBN 1-904505-13-9

Kuch, P. R. (2005). Seldom visited because it standeth so much out of the way: Images of Terra Australis Incognita in 1621-1622. In M. Kenneally & R. R. Kenneally (Eds.), From 'English Literature' to 'Literatures in English': International Perspectives: Festschrift in Honour of Wolfgang Zach (pp. 37-52). Heidelburg: Universtatsverlag. ISBN 3-8253-5084-3

Kuch, P. R. (2005). Natives, Savages, and People—The Enlightened Observations of Governor Arthur Phillip and Judge Advocate, Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins. In W. Taylor (Ed.), The Geography of Law: Landscape, Identity and Regulation (pp. 101-114). Oxford: Hart, 2005, pp. 101-114. ISBN 1-84113-556-9

Kuch, P. R. (2005). ’What will I do with this box of notes and photocopies?’—Writing a literary history of Irish poetry 1900-1940. In P. Gray (Ed.), Passing the Torch: The Aisling Society of Sydney 1955-2005 (pp. 183-205). Sydney: Aisling Society. ISBN 0-646-45448-X

Kuch, P. R. (2001). Writing a Literary History of Irish Poetry. In T. Foley & F. Bateman (Eds.), Irish-Australian Studies: Papers Delivered at the 9th Irish-Australian Conference, Galway, April 1997 (pp. 82-98). Sydney: Crossing Press. ISBN 0-9586713-8-9

Kuch, P. R. (1998). Writing ‘Easter 1916’. In B. Stewart (Ed.), That Other World: The Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature and its Contexts, Vol II (pp 1-17). Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe. ISBN 0-86140-418-1 Keynote lecture given at the 10th international conference entitled: “That Other World: The Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature and its Contexts” at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco, 28 May – 2 June 1998.

Kuch, P. R.(1994). Tradition and the Individual Talent. In D. Dockrill & G. Tanner (Eds.), Tradition and Traditions: Prudentia (pp. 275-288). Auckland: Auckland University Press. ISSN 0110-487X

Kuch, P. R. (1993). AE’s ‘The Sunset of Fantasy’. In W. Gould (Ed.), Yeats Annual, 10 (pp. 188-203). London: Macmillan, ISBN 0-333-53636-3; ISSN 0278-7688

Kuch, P. R. (1990). ‘For poetry makes nothing happen’: The Poetry of Yeats and the Politics of Ireland. In R. Finneran (Ed.), Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies, VIII (pp. 188-205). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-10215-X; ISSN 0742-6224

Kuch, P. R. (1989). Manuscripts, Metonymy and Method — the Writing of Irish Literary History. In O. MacDonagh & W. F. Mandle (Eds.), Irish-Australian Studies (pp. 155-167). Canberra: Australian National University. ISBN 0-7315-0805-X

Kuch, P. R. (1989). A Few Twigs from The Wild Bird’s Nest: Yeats the European. In A. N. Jeffares (Ed.), Yeats the European (pp 101-118). Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe. ISBN 0-86140-247-2

Kuch, P. R. (1988)/ What can I but enumerate old themes? In S. Dick, D. Kiberd, D. McMillan & J. Ronsley (Eds.), Omnium Gatherum: Essays for Richard Ellmann (pp. 243-252). Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; McGill: McGill University Press. ISBN 0-86140-228-X

Kuch, P. R. (1987). W.B. Yeats’s: ‘Ghosts and Dreams’. In Warwick Gould (Ed.), Yeats Annual, V (pp. 114-135). London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-35333-1


Articles in refereed journals


Kuch, P. R. (2013). “Irish Playwrights and the Dunedin Stage in 1862: Theatre Patrons Performing Civility.” In B. Brookes (Ed.) “Considering Performance in Colonial Culture”, Journal of New Zealand Studies NS15 (2013), 90-100.

Kuch, P.R. (2010). 'Irishness' on the New Zealand stage 1860-1920: The Boucicault and Allgood tours. Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies: Nations, Diasporas, Identities, 4(1), 99-118.

Kuch, P. R. (2010). The Irish and the Australasian Colonial Stage: Confrontation and compromise. The Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 10, 105-18.

Kuch, P. R. (2008). Sarah Bernhardt, the Irish, et le pays de Kangaroo. Études Irlandaises: Théâtres de France et d’Irlande, 33(2), 31-41. ISBN: 978-2-7574-0069-2 and ISSN: 0183-973-X

Kuch, P. R. (2005). Theatre Links—Ireland and Australia. ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies: Special Issue, 7, 63-73. ISSN 1518-0581

Kuch, P. R. (2004). Seumas O’Sullivan—Getting into and out of contact. HJEAS: Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 10(1-2). ISSN1218-7364

Kuch, P. R. (2004). ‘Pride and Truth that long to give themselves for wage’ — 1907, W.B. Yeats, Politics and Poetics”. In L. de Paor, M. O’Connor & B. Reece (Eds.), Remembered Nations, Imagined Republics: Proceedings of the 12th Irish-Australian Conference, Australian Journal of Irish Studies: Special Issue, 4, 46-55. ISSN 1444-5409

Kuch, P. R. (2003). Textual Anthropology and the ‘Imagined Community’. Interrelations, ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies., 5, 39-49. ISSN 1518-0581

Kuch, P. R. (1995). ‘Camels, Weasels, and Whales’: Reading Lolita. Q/W/E/R/T/Y, 5, 325-332. ISBN 2-908930-28-5; ISSN 1169-2111

Kuch, P. R. (1994). Elizabeth Reagen as a subaltern wife: Irish Writing as the ‘cracked looking-glass of a servant’. Q/W/E/R/T/Y, 4, 291-297. ISBN 2-908930-18-8; ISSN 1169-2111

Kuch, P. R. (1990). John Shaw Neilson and Padraic Colum. John Shaw Neilson: Meridian, IX(ii), 122-132. ISSN 0728-5914

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1987). ‘Scored for the Voice’: An Interview with Vincent Buckley. Southerly, III, 249-266. ISSN 0038-3732

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1986). ‘The Self-Critical Craftsman’: Randolph Stow talks to Peter Kuch and Paul Kavanagh. Southerly, IV, 437-443. ISSN 0038-3732

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1986). ‘Daytime Thoughts about the Night Shift’: Alec Hope talks to Peter Kuch and Paul Kavanagh. Southerly, II, 221-231. ISSN 0038-3732

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1986). ‘What are the Shades of Grey?’: David Williamson talks to Paul Kavanagh and Peter Kuch. Southerly, II, 131-141. ISSN 0038-3732 Reprinted in D. G. Marowski & R. Matuz (Eds.), Contemporary Literary Criticism (pp. 39-44). Detroit: Gale.

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1985). ‘Fifteen Apparitions Have I Seen’: Yeats and the Occult. Prudentia, 199-218. ISSN 0110-487X

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1984). An Interview with Les Murray. Southerly, IV, 367-378. ISSN 0038-3732

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1983). ‘Precisions, Discriminations and Humilities’: Rosemary Dobson talks to Paul Kavanagh and Peter Kuch. Southerly, IV, 363-376. ISSN 0038-3732

Kavanagh, P. & Kuch, P. R. (1983). ‘The Fire ’i the Flint’: Bruce Dawe talks to Paul Kavanagh and Peter Kuch. Southerly, I, 3-19. ISSN 0038-3732

Kuch, P. R. (1982). Mananaan MacLir as Monoglot — George Russell and the Irish Language. The Crane Bag, 5(2), 49-58. ISSN 0332-060X Reprinted as Kuch, P. R. (1982) in M.P. Hederman & R. Kearney (Eds.), The Crane Bag Book of Irish Studies (pp. 880-889). Dublin: Blackwater Press. ISBN 0-905471-13-X Anthology reviewed in Irish, English, American and French journals.

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Encyclopaedia entries


Kuch, P. R. (2004). George William Russell (AE). In Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.

Kuch, P. R. (2004). George William Russell "AE". In New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: OUP.


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Selection of reviews in refereed journals


Kuch, P. (2016). [Review of the book Walter Starkie: An Odyssey (Dublin: Court Courts Press, 2013]. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 39(2), 279-281. [Book Review].

Kuch, P. R. (2012). [Review of the book Documentary in a Changing State: Ireland Since the 1990s, by C. MacKeogh & D. O’Connell, (Eds.)]. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 12, 172-3.

Kuch, P. R. (2012). [Review of the book Oscar’s Shadow: Wilde, Homosexuality and Modern Ireland, by E. Walshe].Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 12, 178-9.

Kuch, P. R. (2010). [Review of the book The Myth of an Irish Cinema: Approaching Irish Themed Films by M. P. Gillespie]. The Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 10, 137-43.

Kuch, P. R. (2010). [Review of the book Four Rebel Irish Plays: Thomas MacDonagh, When the Dawn is Come; Padraic Pearse, The Master; James Connolly, Under Which Flag?; Terence MacSwiney, The Revolutionist, by J. Moran, (Ed.)]. The Australasian Journal of Irish Studies,10, 145-8.

Kuch, P. R. (2006). [Review of the book George Russell (AE) and the New Ireland, 1905-30, by N. Allen]. Irish Studies Review, 14(2), 293-6. ISSN 0967-0882

Kuch, P. R. (2004). [Review of the book Yeats and the Visual Arts, by E. E. Loizeaux]. Irish Studies Review, 12(2), 255-6. ISSN 0967-0882

Kuch, P. R. (2003). [Review of the book Becoming George: The Life of Mrs W.B. Yeats, by A. Saddlemyer]. Irish Studies Review, 11(1), 105-8. ISSN 0967-0882

Kuch, P. R. (2002). [Review of the book Ireland’s Others: Gender and Ethnicity in Irish Literature and Popular Culture Field Day Monographs No 10, by E. B. Cullingford]. Irish Studies Review, 10(3), 361-2. ISSN 0967-0882

Kuch, P. R. (2002). [Review of the book Elizabeth Bowen: The Later Fiction, by L. Christensen]. Irish Studies Review 10(3), 356-7. ISSN 0967-0882

Kuch, P. R. (2002). [Review of the book Seamus Heaney: Creating Irelands of the Mind, by E. O’Brien]. The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies/Revue Canadienne d’études Irlandaises, 28, 130-1. ISSN 0703-1459

Kuch, P. R. (1998). [Review of the book Yeats and the Drama of Sacred Space, by N. Meihuizen]. The English Academy Review, 15, 291-5. ISBN 90-420-0388-X

Kuch, P. R. (1997). [Review of the book Inventing Ireland: The Literature of a Modern Nation, by D. Kiberd]. James Joyce Literary Supplement, 11(2), 18. ISSN 0899-3114

Kuch, P. R. (1995). [Review of the book Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Irish Migration to America, by D. Fitzpatrick]. Irish Literary Supplement, Fall, 26. ISSN 0733-3390

Kuch, P. R. (1993). [Review of the book The Esoteric Comedies of Carlyle, Newman, and Yeats, by S. Helmling]. Yeats Annual, 10, 295-298. ISBN 0-333-53636-3; ISSN 0278-7688

Reader and reviewer for Yeats Annual (London: Macmillan); a reader and reviewer for Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Criticism (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press); a reader for The New Literatures Review (Wollongong), and a reader for The Australasian journal of Irish Studies (Melbourne); and reviewed for Irish Studies Review (Oxford), The Irish Literary Supplement (Boston and New York), The James Joyce Literary Supplement (Miami), English Academy Review (South Africa). I am presently on the editorial board of The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Irish Studies Review, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, and The Australian Journal of Irish Studies.


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Contributions to International Symposia on Irish Studies


Kuch, P. R. & Hegarty, R. (2006). Government and Media. In C. H. Mahony et. al., (Eds.),The Future of Irish Studies: Report of the Irish Forum (pp. 39-46). Prague: Charles University. Forum, convened at the European University, Florence.


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Conference papers (selection of major conferences)


24–28 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.


25 June–1 July. Rethinking the "public" in Ulysses. Verbal presentation at the Trieste Joyce School, Trieste, Italy.


21–25 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.


2-3 February 2017 – The 10th JAMES JOYCE ITALIAN FOUNDATION CONFERENCE, Dipartimento di di Lingue Letterature e Culture Straniere – Università Roma Tre. Presented “A handful of tea: money and monster novels”.

Web address: https://thejamesjoyceitalianfoundation.wordpress.com/category/conferenzeconferences/


1–3 February. A handful of tea: Money and monster novels. Verbal presentation at the The X James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference, Rome, Italy.


21 June. Premiere of Keogh Naughton feature documentary, 1916: The Irish Rebellion. War Museum Auckland. Member of panel of four to respond to questions from the audience of 150 who attended the screening. Held in conjunction with Consulate of Ireland, New Zealand Irish Business Network and the Keogh-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies.



30 March–3 April. Participated in Opening Round Table and delivered a paper entitled “Play v Play – The 1916 Rising and the New Zealand Stage,” for ACIS 2016 –“The Worlding of Irish Studies”, Keogh Naughton Institute of Irish Studies, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. http://acis.nd.edu



22–23 March. “Yet no clear fact to be discerned—the Otago Daily Times and the Easter Rising,”

paper presented to “Yet no clear fast to be discerned’: The New Zealand Response to the 1916 Easter Rising.

Conference: Toitu: Settlers Museum, Dunedin. http://www.otago.ac.nz/easter-rising-1916/index.html

2015 14 October. Sydney English Research Seminar, Sydney University. Presented draft of Cambridge chapter: “Irish Working Class Fiction in Australia 1860-1960.” http://sydney.edu.au/arts/english/about/seminars.shtml
  13 June. Plenary: “Yeats 150”: Conference held at the State Library of Victoria, Australia. Conference website: http://yeats2015.com/event/yeats-day-in-melbourne-australia/
2014 5 September. Staff seminar, English Department, Otago University. "Nothing but Yeats."
  14–18 July. “Embodied emotion and The Hibernian Father.” International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, 2014. Conference entitled: "Embodying/disembodying Ireland", Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, Lille, France. Conference website: http://www.iasil.org/2014/04/iasil-lille-14-18-july-2014-programme/
  29 June–5 July. 18th Annual Trieste Joyce School. Delivered lecture entitled: "Bloom/ing strategies" and conducted a week-long seminar: "Five Readers in search of a text: Reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” Trieste, Italy, Summer School website: http://www2.units.it/triestejoyce/previousyears/14.html
  25–28 June. “‘Bloowho’ and silence: The “Sirens” episode in Ulysses.” Conference entitled: "Silence ... and Writing." Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pázmány, Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. https://sites.google.com/site/pazmanyirishconference2014/home
  14-18 July. “Embodied emotion and The Hibernian Father.” IASIL 2014. Conference entitled: "Embodying/disembodying Ireland", Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille 3, Lille, France.
  29 June - 5 July. 18th Annual Trieste Joyce School. Delivered lecture entitled: "Bloom/ing strategies" and conducted a week-long seminar: "Five Readers in search of a text: Reading A Portrait of theArtist as a Young Man. Trieste, Italy.
  25-28 June. ‘Bloowho’ and silence: The “Sirens” episode in Ulysses. Conference entitled: "Silence … and Writing." Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Pázmány, Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary.


22-26 July. “Urbanisation, civility and the ‘rational entertainment/legitimate drama controversies in Colonial Australasia”, IASIL 2013. Conference entitled: “Urban Cultures” held at Queen’s University, Belfast.

  16-20 July: Plenary: “Irish Studies: past, present, future?’” 10th CISLE Conference entitled: “Literatures in English and New Frontiers in Research” held at the Centre for the Study of Literatures in English at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

12 November. “Irish Plays on the Dunedin Stage in 1862” presented at a Symposium entitled: “Commanding an Audience: Performance in Colonial Culture”, Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, Hocken Library, Dunedin. (in press)

  7-10 November. “Global Theatre—Global Ireland”. Conference entitled: “Global Ireland”, 19th Australasian Irish Studies Conference of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  29-31 August. “The Goldfields and Irish Theatre in Dunedin and Christchurch”. Conference entitled: “150 Years of Riches: The Central Otago Gold Rush, 1862-2012, Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand.
  30 July-3 August. “Transmigration: A Carefully Weighted Word.” Conference entitled: “Weighing Words: Interdisciplinary Engagements With and Within Irish Literatures”, 2012 IASIL Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
  3-5 July. “Teaching Demanding Texts—The Poetry of W.B. Yeats.” Two hour workshop for NZATE Conference entitled “Words to Burn: Ideas to Ignite”, St Hilda’s Collegiate School, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  8-9 June. “Industrial Turmoil and Exogamous Marriages – The Abbey Irish Players in Queensland in 1922”. Conference entitled “The North: Exile, Diaspora, Troubled Performance, the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, the Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland, UK.
2011 1-3 July: “Irish Theatre in Australia in the 1890s and the other Boucicault”. Conference entitled “Not Just Ned”, the 18th Irish-Australasian Conference (ISAANZ) held at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, ACT


April 28-1 May: "Re-Awakening the 'Wake': Contested images of 'Irishness' in Colonial Australasia", Conference entitled Brandan Rising! Irish Identities inside and outside the Island, IX International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI), held at the University of La Laguna (Spain). (published)
  April 23-24: "Texts-Intertexts-Contexts-Debating "Stage Irishness" in the Australasian Press, 1870-90", Historiography Working Group of the Irish Society for Theatre Research, Annual Conference, held at the Trinity College, Dublin.
2009 30 October-1 November: ‘The Irish and the Australasian Colonial Theatre’, Conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Irish and Scots Studies Centre, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
  9-12 July: Plenary: '"Irishness", The Australasian Colonial Theatre and the Public Sphere', at a conference entitled Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart, 16th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, 9-12 July 2009, Massey University, Welington, New Zealand. (published)
  6-8 July: ‘”We writers are not politicians”—W.B. Yeats: Poetry, Plays, Prose and Politics, and the Politics of Publication’, for ‘Literature and Politics’, 3rd Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Literature, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (published)
2008 27-30 November: “Remapping Cinema: Remaking History”, The XXIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of New Zealand and Australia, University of Otago, Dunedin. Title of Paper: “Imagining History/Historicising the Image—Issues of Historicity in The Crying Game (1992), Michael Collins (1996), and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006).
  13-14 June 2008: 5th Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference: Théâtres Français et Irlandais: Influences et Interactions: Universite de Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3, France. Title of Paper: Sarah Bernhardt, the Irish and Le Pays de Kangaroo. (published)
  28 July-1 August: “Home and Elsewhere: the Spaces in Irish Writing”, 32nd annual conference of IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures) Faculdade de Lettres, Universidade do Porto, Oporto, Portugal. Title of Paper: “Irishness on the 19th century Australasian Stage”.
  27-30 March: Nations, Diasporas and Identity, Stout Research Centre, University of Victoria, Wellington. Title of Paper: “The Irish and the New Zealand Stage 1850-1930”. (published)
  14-15 January: Keynote: Lecture to Australian Government Summer School for Teachers of English—Hosted by Centre for Educational Leadership and Renewal, Deakin University; The Centre for Learning, Change and Development, Murdoch University; and The Australian Association of Teachers in English. Title of Keynote: The Place of Literature in the 21st Century Curriculum.
2007 29 November-1 December: Screenscapes; Past, Present, Future: University of Sydney. Title of Paper: “Offscreen in Ireland.”
  4-5 October: “Interactions”: Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project in association with The Irish Theatre Institute and the Dublin Theatre Festival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Title of Paper: “Company B and Irish-Australia Festival Links.” (12 invited speakers only) (published)
  23-27 July 2007: CISLE Conference: Barcelona. Title of Paper: “Dancing women and shadowy gunmen—The Abbey Theatre in the ‘City of Churches.’” (published)
  16-20 July: IASIL 2006: UCD, Ireland. Title of Paper: “Calling a loy a loy—J.M. Synge in Australia.”
2006 12-13 September: University of Otago delegate at Australian Chapter of the Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes. Humanities Research Centre, ANU, Canberra.
  27-28 April: The Irish Theatrical Disapora Project in association with New York University at Glucksman House. Title of Paper: “Kilkenny, Melbourne, New York—George Tallis and the Irish Theatrical Diaspora.” (published)
  20 April: “The Future of Irish Studies”, Center for Irish Programs, Boston College, Massachusetts. (published)
2005 7-10 December 2005, “Keeping within the Borders”, 11th Biennial Symposium on the Literatures and Cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region. National University of Singapore, Singapore. (published)
  24-28 July: IASIL 2005, Charles University, Prague: “The Gigili Concert in Brisbane and Sydney.”
  19-24 July: Keynote: “Research Priorities in Irish Studies: An Australian Perspective” University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  22-24 June: 14th Irish Australian Conference, UCC, Ireland. Title of Paper: “The Irish Players Tour of Queensland in 1922.” (published)
  16-17 June: “Triumphs and Tours—The Whiteheaded Boy in London” National Portrait Gallery, London. The Irish Theatrical Diaspora in conjunction with The Theatre History Group and The Institute of English Studies (University of London) hosted a conference on the theme “Irish Theatre in England”. Co-directed by Richard Allen Cave (Royal Holloway) and Ben Levitas (Goldsmiths' College). It coincided with a major exhibition at the Gallery, “Conquering England”, curated by Fintan Cullen and Roy Foster. (published)
2004 In April 2004 I gave a paper at the inaugural conference of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project held in conjunction with the Royal Irish Academy at The Mansion House in Dublin on the 1922 Abbey “Irish Players” tour of Australia. In July 2004 I developed this paper further at the annual IASIL conference held at the National University of Galway. And, in October 2004, I presented a further development of this paper at the 13th Irish-Australian Conference held at the University of Melbourne. (published)
2003 ‘Seumas O’Sullivan—Getting into and out of Contact’, 2003 IASIL Conference held at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. The Conference was entitled ‘Getting into Contact’. (published)
2002 ‘Textual Anthropology and the Imagined Community’, 2002 IASIL Conference held at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Conference was entitled: ‘Interrelations: Irish Literatures and Other Forms of Knowledge.’ (published)
  “Pride and Truth that long to give themselves for wage”: W.B. Yeats, Politics and Poetics’ to the 12th Irish-Australian Conference hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The conference was entitled: ‘From Youghal Harbour to Moreton Bay: Remembered Nations, Imagined Republics’. (published)
1999 “When the top-down momentum of Devolution meets the upward evolution of intersecting communities” in a seminar entitled “Devolution and Beyond”, 9 October 1999, Murdoch University. Opened by Vice-Chancellor. Professor Steven Schwartz, Speakers were: Michael Horne; His Excellency Richard O’Brien; Dr Philip Bull; Dr Peter Kuch.
1998 “Writing Easter 1916: ‘The Light from that consuming fire, which is the end of all desire.’” Keynote address to the 10th International Conference held at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco, 28 May-2 June 1998. (published)
1997 “‘Ringed with Earth’: Irish Literature Down Under”: The Concordia Irish Studies Lecture, Montreal, Canada, 27 March 1997.
  “Padraic and James: Poetry, Patronage and Publication.” 9th Irish-Australia Conference, University College, Galway, 1-4 April 1997.
1996 “A Seventeenth Century Hiberno-Dutch view of the Australian Natural Environment.” “Australian Identities: History, Culture and Environment” Conference, UCD, Ireland, 3-6 July 1996.
“Seldom visited because it standeth so much out of the way.” IASAIL Conference, “Old and New Worlds”, Hofstra University, New York, 17-20 July 1996. (published)
1995 “Just the Occasional Poem.” IASAIL Inaugural Asia-Pacific Symposium. The Centre for the Arts, The National University of Singapore, 4-9 January 1995. (published)
1992 “‘Pinpoint awareness and dim benevolence’—Yeats, Russell and their protégés.” IASAIL Conference on “Creativity and Its Contexts”, Trinity College, Dublin, 12-15 July 1992.
1991 “‘What will I do with this box of notes and photocopies?’: Writing a Literary History of Irish Poetry 1900-1940.” Humanities Research Centre, ANU, 25 July 1991. (published)
1990 “The role of the poetry anthology in the Irish Literary Renaissance, 1880-1940.” 6th Irish-Australian Conference at La Trobe University, 2-6 July 1990.
  “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” Conference on Tradition and Traditions at St Patrick’s College, Manly, 12-15 July 1990. (published)
1989 “‘For Poetry makes nothing happen’: Yeats and Ireland.” 25th Congress AULLA, Macquarie University, 6-10 February 1989.
  “‘For Poetry Makes Nothing Happen’: Yeats and Ireland” a 60 minute paper presented at the opening session, Yeats Symposium, Writers Week, 37th Annual International Festival of Arts, Perth, Western Australia, 12-17 February 1989. (An expanded version of the paper given at AULLA the previous week.) (published)
1988 “Manuscripts, Metonymy and Method — the Writing of Irish Literary History.” 5th Irish Australian Studies Conference, Canberra, 30 August - 2 September 1988.
1987 “‘A Few Twigs from The Wild Bird’s Nest’: Yeats the European.” 3rd International Conference of the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco, 22-25 May 1987. Conference theme: “Yeats the European.” (published)
1985 “What can I but enumerate old themes?” 26th Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland, 10-24 August 1985. Taught seminar on “Yeats and Modern Poetry” with Sir Stephen Spender. (published)


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