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PROF Ronan McDonald


  • History of Ideas (Value Theory)
  • Irish Literature and Culture (Literary Criticism)
  • The Future of the Literary Studies (History of the University)



  • Rónán McDonald holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies at the University of Melbourne. Between 2010 and 2015 he held the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Modern Irish Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is widely published in Irish literary studies, with a particular interest in Irish modernism. He also has a research interest in approaches to literary value. His books include Tragedy and Irish Literature (2002), The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2007) and The Death of the Critic (2008). Recent edited collections include The Values of Literary Studies: Critical Institutions, Scholarly Agendas (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Flann O’Brien and Modernism (2014). His next book is The Irish Revival and the Crisis of Value, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.   


Member of

  • Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. President 2014 -
  • Modern Languages Association (USA). Ordinary Member 1997 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • D.Phil, University of Oxford 2000
  • M.St., University of Oxford 1994
  • MA, University College Dublin 1992
  • BA (Hons), University College Dublin 1991

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I welcome research students in the field of Irish studies, especially Irish literary and cultural studies. I also have an interest in European modernism, the history and theory of literary criticism, and ideas of cultural value.