Barry McCrea


Barry McCrea, Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English, Irish Language and Literature, and Romance Languages and Literatures

Specialty: Modern European and Irish Literature.

Prof. McCrea is scholar of comparative literature and a novelist.  He has a B.A. in Romance languages from Trinity College Dublin, and a Ph.D. from Princeton.  Before joining Notre Dame, he taught comparative literature at Yale University, where he was appointed full professor in 2012.  His research focuses on modern literature in English, French, Irish, Italian, and Spanish.  As well as articles and essays about modern Irish and European literature, he is the author of The First Verse, a novel, which won the 2006 Ferro-Grumley prize for fiction; In the Company of Strangers: Narrative and Family in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce and Proust (Columbia University Press, 2011), which won the Yale Heyman Prize for scholarship in the humanities.  His most recent book, Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe (Yale University Press, 2015), explores how the decline of rural languages and dialects in twentieth-century Europe shaped ideas about language and literature and exerted a powerful influence on literary modernism. in 1916, it was awarded the René Wellek ("best book" Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association.


(Fall semesters are split between the O'Connell House in Dublin and Notre Dame's Rome Program and Spring semesters are spent at Notre Dame.)