Barry McCrea

Mccrea Profile

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.

Professor McCrea is scholar of comparative literature and a novelist, whose research encompasses modern literature in English, French, Irish, Italian, and Spanish. He holds concurrent appointments in the departments of Romance Languages & Literatures and Irish Language and Literature.  

Before joining Notre Dame's faculty, he taught at Yale, where he was appointed full professor of comparative literature in 2012. He is the author of three books: The First Verse, a novel, which won the 2006 Ferro-Grumley prize for fiction and a Barnes & Noble “Discover Award”; In the Company of Strangers:  Family and Narrative in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce and Proust (Columbia University Press, 2011); and Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Europe (Yale University Press, 2015).  Languages of the Night was awarded the René Wellek Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association for the best book of 2016.

Professor McCrea teaches seminars at all levels on topics such as James Joyce, the modern European novel, and modern Irish poetry. He regularly offers a large lecture course on Narrative in Fiction and Film. He is currently completing a trilogy of novels tentatively entitled Dalkey.


(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.)