Denis Donoghue (academic)

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Denis Donoghue (born 1928) is an Irish literary critic. He is the Henry James Chair of English and American Letters at New York University.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Donoghue was born at Tullow, County Carlow, into a Roman Catholic family, and was brought up in Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland, where his father was sergeant-in-charge of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers in Newry, County Down.[2]

He studied Latin and English at University College Dublin, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1949, an M.A. in 1952, a Ph.D. in 1957, and a D.Litt. (honoris causa) in 1989.; and then at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He earned a M.A. at the University of Cambridge in 1964, and returned to Dublin, becoming a professor at UCD.[3] Since the late 1970s he has been a professor at New York University.

He married Frances Rutledge[when?]; the couple has eight children, including Emma (born 1969), an Irish-Canadian novelist, literary historian, teacher, playwright, radio and film scriptwriter.

Works[edit]

  • The Third Voice: Modern British and American Verse Drama (1959)
  • The Integrity of Yeats (1964) editor
  • An Honoured Guest - New Essays on W.B. Yeats (1965) editor with J. R. Mulryne
  • Connoisseurs of Chaos: Ideas of Order in Modern American Poetry (1965)
  • The Ordinary Universe: Soundings in Modern Literature (1968) criticism
  • Swift Revisited (1968) editor, Thomas Davis Lectures, with Roger McHugh, Matthew Hodgart, Mark Kinkead-Weekes and John Holloway
  • Emily Dickinson (1969)
  • Jonathan Swift: A Critical Introduction (1969) editor
  • Jonathan Swift, Penguin Critical Anthologies (1971) editor
  • Yeats (Fontana Modern Masters, 1971)
  • W. B. Yeats, Memoirs (1972) editor
  • Thieves of Fire (1973) T.S. Eliot Memorial Lectures.
  • Seven American Poets from MacLeish to Nemerov (1975) essays on John Berryman, Richard Eberhart, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, Howard Nemerov and Theodore Roethke
  • The Sovereign Ghost: Studies in Imagination (1976)
  • Ferocious Alphabets (1981) criticism
  • The Politics of Modern Criticism (1981)
  • The Arts Without Mystery (1983) 1982 Reith Lectures
  • Creation and Interpretation (1984) with William Barrett, Richard Wollheim
  • R. P. Blackmur, Selected Essays (1986) editor
  • We Irish : Essays on Irish Literature & Society (1986)
  • Reading America: Essays on American Literature (1987)
  • America in Theory (1988) editor with Leslie Berlowitz and Louis Menand
  • England their England: Commentaries on English Language and Literature (1988)
  • Warrenpoint (1990) memoirs
  • The Pure Good Of Theory (1992) Bucknell Lectures in Literary Theory
  • Who Says What and The Question of Voice (1992) Princess Grace Irish Library Lectures
  • The Old Moderns,: Essays on Literature and Theory (1994)
  • Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls (1995) biography
  • Henry James Complete Stories, 1898-1910 (1997) editor
  • Practice Of Reading (1998)
  • Words Alone : The Poet T. S. Eliot (2000)
  • Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature (2001)
  • Speaking of Beauty (2003)
  • The American Classics (2005)
  • On Eloquence (2008)
  • Warrenpoint (2013)
  • Metaphor (2014)

Broadcasting[edit]

In 1982 the BBC invited Donoghue to present its annual Reith Lectures. Across six lectures, called The Arts Without Mystery, he discussed how society's rationalisation of art was destroying its mystery.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile at New York University website
  2. ^ Denis Donoghue at Ricorso
  3. ^ "Denis Donoghue". NYU Department of English. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Denis Donoghue: The Arts Without Mystery: 1982". BBC. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Seabrook, John (April 6, 1984). "Denis Donoghue at bay; The Arts Without Mystery, by Denis Donoghue. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 151 pp. $15.95.". Christian Science Monitor. 

Sources[edit]

  • Knight, Christopher J. (2003). Uncommon Readers: Denis Donoghue, Frank Kermode, George Steiner, and the Tradition of the Common Reader. ISBN 0802087981.