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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Philip O'Leary

english department

Philip O'Leary


A.B., College of the Holy Cross
Ph.D., Harvard University

Connolly House
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3724
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Literature in the Irish language and literature in English of the Irish cultural renaissance.


Books (authored)

  • An Underground Theatre: Major Playwrights in the Irish Language, 1900-1980 forthcoming from University College Dublin Press.
  • Writing beyond the Revival: Facing the Future in Gaelic Prose, 1940-1951, (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2011).
  • Irish Interior: Keeping Faith with the Past in Gaelic Prose, 1940-1951 (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2010).
  • Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State, 1922-1939 (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2004) Winner, 2005 Michael Durkan Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies).
  • Déirc an Dóchais: Léamh ar Shaothar Phádhraic Óig Uí Chonaire (Indreabhán: Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 1995).
  • Ideology and Innovation: The Prose Literature of the Gaelic Revival, 1881-1921 (State College: Penn State Press, 1994) Winner, 1995 Donald Murphy Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies; Nominee, 1995 Irish Times prize for non-fiction.

Books (edited)

  • (with Brian Ó Conchubhair) Drámaíocht na Gaeilge: An Chanóin? Forthcoming from Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2018.
  • (with Brian Ó Conchubhair) Úrscéalta Gaeilge an Fichiú hAois: Canóin Liteartha? Forthcoming from Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2017.
  • Queen of the Hearth by Father Patrick Dinneen (An tAthair Pádraig Ó Duinnín) Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2013).
  • (with Margaret Kelleher) The Cambridge History of Irish Literature, vol. 1: To 1890. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).
  • _____, The Cambridge History of Irish Literature, vol. II: 1890-2000. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).
  •  Éire-Ireland (Spring-Summer, 2000), special issue on translation.