Dr. Julian Breandán Dean - Program Manager, Literature Initiatives

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Julian Breandán Dean is the Program Manager, Literature Initiatives, at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. He received his PhD from the English department at Notre Dame in 2022. His dissertation examined how, in various postcolonial settings, authors like W. B. Yeats, Wole Soyinka, and Athol Fugard used tragedy to conceive alternatives to the nation state.

Dr. Dean has taught several courses at Notre Dame. “Haunted Ireland” and “European Theatre” are two.  In the Fall 2023 semester he is teaching "World Theatre II."

He is currently working on his book project, which analyzes tragedy as adapted in various postcolonial settings. 

At the Institute since January 2022, projects Dr. Dean has administered include the Seamus Deane Legacy Conference, Global Ulysses, and the IRISH graduate seminar. He is the Institute’s liaison for graduate students. This past spring, he formed and led a group of English doctoral students as they prepared to participate in the “Beckett Confined” festival, a collaboration of the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies, the Institute, Culture Ireland, and Unreal Cities.