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Lucy McDiarmid

Professor and Marie Frazee--Baldassarre Chair, English

Dickson Hall 411
BA, Swarthmore College
MA, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University
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Dear Students: The software below won't let me explain my office hours during the current pandemic, so I'll type the information right here. During the time when most classes are held remotely and most students and faculty are not on campus, it has been easier to arrange individual office hours with my students and advisees. When you want to talk with me, send me an email letting me know, and I'll write back so we can arrange a time convenient for both of us. I'll then set up a private Zoom meeting during which we can talk. This system has worked well so far, and I trust it will continue to work well. Feel entirely free to write me. Best wishes, Professor McDiarmid


I teach classes in the following areas: Modern British and Irish Poetry; Women Poets; Irish Women Writers; Irish Revival; Irish Film; Contemporary Irish Poetry; Modern Irish Drama; The Art of Poetry. I am interested in writing by Yeats, Lady Gregory, Maeve Brennan, T. S. Eliot, Auden, and Stevie Smith, among others. My current project is a book on 21st century Irish poetry.

My books include At Home in the Revolution: what women said and did in 1916 (2015); Poets and the Peacock Dinner: the literary history of a meal (2014); The Irish Art of Controversy (2005); Auden's Apologies for Poetry (1990); Saving Civilization: Yeats, Eliot, and Auden between the wars (1984); and several co-edited collections.

Poets and the Peacock Dinner: the literary history of a meal (2014) was published in paperback in October 2016.

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.