Research Profile

Adam Hanna

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Irish Literature and co-ordinator for visiting and Erasmus students for the School of English. If you have any questions about coming to Cork to study literature for a year or semester abroad then please get in touch.

I joined the School of English at UCC as an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in 2015. Before this I taught in the English departments of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Bristol and the University of Aberdeen. I have also trained and practised as a solicitor, an experience that informs my present research on law and literature.

In 2018 I took up an HEA/Government of Ireland mobility award that enabled me to develop Irish literary archives as teaching resources with academics and librarians from the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Boston College.

In addition to my academic work, I am responsible for arranging Erasmus agreements for the School of English. I am the co-editor of The Echoing Gallery (Bristol, 2013), an anthology of ekphrastic poetry, and have served on the executive committee of the British Association of Irish Studies (2014-15). I was a member of the organising committee for IASIL 2016 and the co-organiser of ACIS 2018. I was the contributor of the 'Modern Irish Poetry' section to The Year's Work in English Studies (2014-2017), and am also a contributor on Irish poetry to the Oxford University Press online resource, Oxford Bibliographies. 


Research Interests

My chief area of interest is modern Irish poetry. My major research projects to date are on law and literature and space and place.

Law and Literature


My current research project is entitled 'Literature and Legislation in Ireland: Poetic Justice'. This is an examination of how Irish poets have responded to legislative changes since the 1920s. My areas of interest include W. B. Yeats’s responses to the social legislation of the new Free State; Austin Clarke’s opposition to censorship; Seamus Heaney's engagement with legal developments both in Northern Ireland and in his adoptive Republic; and Paula Meehan's and Paul Durcan's reactions to Irish social and environmental legislation.

Space and Place

I am the author of Northern Irish Poetry and Domestic Space (Palgrave, 2015), which I adapted from my doctoral thesis (Bristol, 2012). Relatedly, I co-organised the conference 'The House in the Mind: Architecture and the Imagination' (Oxford, March 2016), and I am currently preparing a collection of essays that follow on from this conference. 

I also have research interests in ekphrasis, literature and social class, and the use of literary archives as teaching resources.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Literature and Law in Ireland: Poetic JusticeIrish Research Council01-OCT-1530-SEP-17
Teaching Irish Literary ArchivesHigher Education Authority (HEA)01-JAN-1831-DEC-18

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2015)Northern Irish Poetry and Domestic Space.
Adam Hanna (2015) Northern Irish Poetry and Domestic Space. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Habitations: Space, Place, and Real Estate'
Adam Hanna (2019) 'Habitations: Space, Place, and Real Estate' In: Eric Falci and Paige Reynolds (eds). Irish Literature in Transition, Volume 6, 1980-2020. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2017)'The Vibrancy of the First House in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon'
Adam Hanna (2017) 'The Vibrancy of the First House in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon' In: Lucy McDiarmid and Rhona Richman Kenneally (eds). The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
(2018)''Seamus Heaney' (Encyclopaedia Entry)'
Adam Hanna (2018) ''Seamus Heaney' (Encyclopaedia Entry)' In: Richard Bradford (eds). Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Contemporary British and Irish Literature. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. [Details]
(2017)'Poetry and the Working Class in Northern Ireland During the Troubles'
Adam Hanna (2017) 'Poetry and the Working Class in Northern Ireland During the Troubles' In: Michael Pierse (eds). The Cambridge History of Irish Working-Class Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2011)'‘“A Demobbed Neighbour Leaned Against Our Jamb”: Visitors and Intruders in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney’'
Adam Hanna (2011) '‘“A Demobbed Neighbour Leaned Against Our Jamb”: Visitors and Intruders in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney’' In: John Strachan and Alison O'Malley-Younger (eds). Ireland at War and Peace. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.   [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2013)The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City
Adam Hanna, Patrick Burley and Rachael Boast (Ed.). (2013) The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City Bristol: Redcliffe Press.   [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Seamus Heaney’s ‘Settings, xiii’ and the Troubles'
Adam Hanna (2018) 'Seamus Heaney’s ‘Settings, xiii’ and the Troubles'. Notes and Queries, [Details]
(2018)'Modern Irish Poetry in 2016'
Adam Hanna (2018) 'Modern Irish Poetry in 2016'. The Year's Work in English Studies, 97 [Details]
(2017)'Modern Irish Poetry in 2015'
Adam Hanna (2017) 'Modern Irish Poetry in 2015'. The Year's Work in English Studies, 95 (1) [Details]
(2016)'Louis MacNeice's Remote Houses'
Adam Hanna (2016) 'Louis MacNeice's Remote Houses'. Review of Irish Studies in Europe, 1 (1):36-46 [Details]
(2016)'Modern Irish Poetry in 2014'
Adam Hanna (2016) 'Modern Irish Poetry in 2014'. The Year's Work in English Studies, 94 (1):98-108 [Details]
(2014)'‘John McGahern’s Photographic Eye’'
Adam Hanna (2014) '‘John McGahern’s Photographic Eye’'. Revue LISA / LISA e-journal, [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Thomas Kinsella: The Civil Servant-Poet at Mid-Century'
Adam Hanna (2018) 'Thomas Kinsella: The Civil Servant-Poet at Mid-Century' Poetry Ireland Review, (124) :72-77. [Details]
(2018)'Thomas Kinsella: The Poet and the Irish State, 1958–1968'
Adam Hanna (2018) 'Thomas Kinsella: The Poet and the Irish State, 1958–1968' PN Review, (242) :35-41. [Details]
(2018)'An Interview with Thomas Kinsella'
Adam Hanna (2018) 'An Interview with Thomas Kinsella' Poetry Ireland Review, (124) :69-71. [Details]
(2017)'Review of Robert Welch, The Cold of May Day Monday: An Approach to Irish Literary History'
Adam Hanna (2017) 'Review of Robert Welch, The Cold of May Day Monday: An Approach to Irish Literary History' Irish Economic and Social History, . [Details]
(2016)'Review: 'Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry by John Dennison''
Adam Hanna (2016) 'Review: 'Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry by John Dennison'' The Irish Review, . [Details]
(2016)'Review: 'Hearing Heaney: The Sixth Seamus Heaney Lectures, Eugene McNulty and Ciarán Mac Murchaidh, eds''
Adam Hanna (2016) 'Review: 'Hearing Heaney: The Sixth Seamus Heaney Lectures, Eugene McNulty and Ciarán Mac Murchaidh, eds'' Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, . [Details]
(2014)'Review: 'James Fenton, Yellow Tulips''
Adam Hanna (2014) 'Review: 'James Fenton, Yellow Tulips'' Shearsman, . [Details]
(2010)'Review: ‘Jefferson Holdridge, The Poetry of Paul Muldoon’'
Adam Hanna (2010) 'Review: ‘Jefferson Holdridge, The Poetry of Paul Muldoon’' Irish Studies Review, . [Details]
(2014)'Review: 'John Redmond, Poetry and Privacy: Questioning Public Interpretations of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry''
Adam Hanna (2014) 'Review: 'John Redmond, Poetry and Privacy: Questioning Public Interpretations of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry'' New Welsh Review, . [Details]
(2013)'Review: 'Eugene McNulty, The Ulster Literary Theatre and the Northern Revival’'
Adam Hanna (2013) 'Review: 'Eugene McNulty, The Ulster Literary Theatre and the Northern Revival’' Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, . [Details]
(2013)'Review: 'Heather Laird (ed.), Daniel Corkery’s Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings’'
Adam Hanna (2013) 'Review: 'Heather Laird (ed.), Daniel Corkery’s Cultural Criticism: Selected Writings’' Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, . [Details]
(2012)'Review: ‘Micheal O’Siadhail, Tongues’'
Adam Hanna (2012) 'Review: ‘Micheal O’Siadhail, Tongues’' Irish Studies Review, . [Details]
(2009)'Review: ‘Tom Paulin, The Secret Life of Poems: A Poetry Primer’'
Adam Hanna (2009) 'Review: ‘Tom Paulin, The Secret Life of Poems: A Poetry Primer’' Irish Studies Review, . [Details]
(2009)'Review: ‘Micheal O’Siadhail, Globe’'
Adam Hanna (2009) 'Review: ‘Micheal O’Siadhail, Globe’' Irish Studies Review, . [Details]
(2007)'Review: ‘Arthur Aughey, The Politics of Northern Ireland’'
Arthur Aughey (2007) 'Review: ‘Arthur Aughey, The Politics of Northern Ireland’' Irish Studies Review, . [Details]

Bibliography

 YearPublication
(2018)Medbh McGuckian: A Narrative Bibliography.
Adam Hanna (2018) Medbh McGuckian: A Narrative Bibliography. Oxford: Bibliography [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Second Annual North American Graduate Conference in Irish Studies,
Adam Hanna (2018) Writing in the Margins: Irish Poetry and Space. [Keynote Speaker], Second Annual North American Graduate Conference in Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada , 01-MAR-18 - 03-MAR-18. [Details]
(2018)English Department seminar series, Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Adam Hanna (2018) Seamus Heaney and the Troubles. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], English Department seminar series, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong , 30-JAN-18. [Details]
(2018)American Conference of Irish Studies,
Adam Hanna (2018) Roundtable on the poetry of Bernard O'Donoghue. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], American Conference of Irish Studies, University College Cork , 21-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)American Conference of Irish Studies,
Adam Hanna (2018) Roundtable contribution on the 'Second Cities, Second Thoughts' project. [Oral Presentation], American Conference of Irish Studies, University College Cork , 19-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)American Conference of Irish Studies,
Adam Hanna (2018) Co-ordinator of the Academic Programme. [Conference Organising Committee Member], American Conference of Irish Studies, University College Cork , 18-JUN-18 - 22-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)Art into Writing: Contemporary Poetry Inspired by Art,
Adam Hanna (2018) 'Ekphrastic Poetry'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Art into Writing: Contemporary Poetry Inspired by Art, Ulster Museum, Belfast , 08-MAY-18. [Details]
(2017)Irish Prisons: Perspectives on the History and Representation of Irish Forms of Containment,
Adam Hanna (2017) 'Seamus Heaney's Prisoners'. [Oral Presentation], Irish Prisons: Perspectives on the History and Representation of Irish Forms of Containment, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast , 27-OCT-17. [Details]
(2017)Shared Futures: The First English Association Conference,
Adam Hanna (2017) Border-Crossings in Northern Irish Poetry. [Oral Presentation], Shared Futures: The First English Association Conference, University of Newcastle , 06-JUL-17. [Details]
(2017)International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures,
Adam Hanna (2017) Seamus Heaney's Versions of Justice. [Oral Presentation], International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore , 25-JUL-18. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Second Year Committee Committee member/
South Asia Regional Working Group Committee member2018 /
CACSSS International Committee Committee member2018 /
American Conference of Irish Studies 2018 conference committee Designing the academic programme2017 / 2018
North America Regional Working Group Working group member2017 /
China Regional Working Group Working group member2017 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2012University of Bristol PHDEnglish Literature

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
French FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

University College Cork (2015-present)

I co-ordinate the following courses:

Introduction to Anglo-Irish Literature (lecture course for visiting students)

Irish Poetry Since Yeats (third year seminar course)

Northern Irish Literature and the Troubles (second year seminar course)

Special Topics in Creative Practice (second year lecture and seminar course)

I contribute to the following courses:

Introduction to Modern Literature (first year lectures on W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney)

MA classes on modern Irish poetry

I have supervised MA dissertations on ecocriticism and political protest in modern Irish poetry. 

Trinity College Dublin (2016-17)
 
Yeats and Modern Irish Poetry (fourth year seminar course)

Northern Irish Literature and the Troubles’ (second year lecture course) 

University of Aberdeen (2013-2014)

In addition to my role as the English Department’s Writing Support Tutor, I taught the following courses:

Controversial Classics (first year seminar course)  

Encounters with Shakespeare’ (second year seminar course)

Summer Access Course - lectures on James Joyce and William Shakespeare 

Academic Writing Skills Course (course co-ordinator) 

University of Bristol (2009-12)

Approaches to Poetry (first year seminar course)

Contemporary Writing (first year seminar course)

Irish poetry weekend courses

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