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Lucy McDiarmid

Professor and Marie Frazee--Baldassarre Chair, English

BA, Swarthmore College
MA, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University
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Dear Students: I am on sabbatical leave during the academic year Fall 2022 - Spring 2023. If you need the help of an advisor, please send a message to the English Department's professional services specialist, Ms. Kim Harrison, at <>. Best wishes, Professor McDiarmid


I teach courses in Women Poets, the Irish Revival, Twentieth Century British and Irish Poets, Irish Women Writers, and the Art of Poetry.

My publications include books in various fields: At Home in the Revolution: what women said and did in 1916 (2015) considers the eye-witness accounts of women who participated in the Easter Rising in Dublin. Poets and the Peacock Dinner: the literary history of a meal (2014) analyzes the peculiar occasion in 1914 when seven poets gathered to dine on a peacock. My earlier books include three monographs -- The Irish Art of Controversy (2005), Auden’s Apologies for Poetry (1990), and Saving Civilization: Yeats, Eliot, and Auden between the wars (1984) -- and three co-edited collections. My current project is a book on 21st century Irish poetry.

I have received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

My book At Home in the Revolution: what women said and did in 1916 was published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2015 and was awarded the History Book of the Year bronze award from Foreword Reviews’ 2016 INDIEFAB.


Research Projects

Twenty-first Century Irish Poetry

My current project (as of autumn 2016) is a book on twenty-first century Irish poetry. This project was inspired in part by the visits of many Irish poets to my classes at Montclair State. Hearing these poets read their poetry, observing them interact with my students, and talking with them myself, I was impressed by their work and their personalities. I'm eager to be one of the first scholars to write about the new poems coming out of Ireland these days.