Florence Impens

Keough NEH Fellow Florence Impens

Florence Impens is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute of the University of Manchester. She works on twentieth- and twenty-first century British and Irish poetry, with a particular interest in translation and classical reception studies, and in comparative literature. 

Dr. Impens studied at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 and at Trinity College, Dublin, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in English in 2013. She has lectured in English and in French at Trinity College, Dublin, and was a NEH-Keough Fellow in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Dr. Impens' current research project, supported by the Leverhulme Trust (2016-2019), focuses on poetry in translation in the United Kingdom and Ireland after 1960, and makes extensive use of the modern literary archives of the John Rylands Library, notably in relation to Carcanet Press and Anvil Press Poetry. 

Three publications that were completed and/or commissioned during her NEH Fellowship are now in press:

-'Classical Roots' in Geraldine Higgins ed., Seamus Heaney in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, expected 2018).

-'Michael Longley', in Gerald Dawe ed., The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Spring 2018).

-'Here are the words you’ll have to find a place for’: Virgilian Presences in the Work of Seamus Heaney’, Irish University Review 47:2, Forthcoming, Autumn 2017.   

The monograph on which she worked during her NEH fellowship, Classical Presences in Irish Poetry after 1960, is now under review with a publisher. 

When asked to reflect on the importance of the NEH Keough Fellowhship to her career, Dr. Impens wrote:

"What I can say a year later is that the NEH Keough Fellowship was an exceptional opportunity for me at a very early stage in my career that provided me with the resources, the intellectual and collegial environment, and the academic freedom I needed to turn my PhD thesis into a monograph, and to write the best manuscript I possibly could. This and the other essays I completed during my year there have been, and will, I am sure, continue to be invaluable assets on the job market. Now that I am back in Europe, I also realise how lucky I was to spend one year in the US, and at Notre Dame in particular: I have met wonderful colleagues, whom I was delighted to see again this year at ACIS, and I look forward to deepening those transatlantic connections in the future. I lectured at the Notre Dame IRISH Seminar in June in Dublin, and I can't help thinking back to 2013 and the Irish Seminar I attended in Paris as a student, my first contact with Notre Dame. Perhaps this is the best image to illustrate the central role Notre Dame and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies have played in my career, and of the support Notre Dame has given me over the last three years, shaping the scholar I have grown to be."

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