Christopher Fox, Professor of English
Professor Fox’s research interests are in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Literature and Science and Irish Studies. He has lectured widely in the United States and Europe. Professor Fox’s interests in Irish Studies grew out of his study of Jonathan Swift and eighteenth-century Ireland. In 1991, he organized an international conference on Jonathan Swift and Irish Studies.
From 2001 through 2017, Professor Fox was the director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, which he co-founded with Seamus Deane. Earlier, he established The Irish Seminar, which convenes every summer (to date, in various years, in Dublin, Paris, and Buenos Aires) to bring together Irish scholars, graduate students, and faculty in Irish Studies. An intense intellectual exchange and experience, the seminar has been a formative experience for scores of Notre Dame graduate students and their peers from universities around the world.
One of Professor Fox's many roles as director of the Keough-Naughton Institute was serving as executive producer of the landmark documentary 1916 The Irish Rebellion.
In paying tribute to Professor Fox at the closing lecture of the Fall 2017 semester, Professor Declan Kiberd, the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Professor of English and Irish Language and Literature, said:
"In the past three decades Chris Fox has done more than any other scholar-professor to deepen and enrich Ireland's understanding of itself and of its place in the wider world. He has, in his work on Jonathan Swift and in leadership of the Institute, challenged us all to reimagine our disciplines. His combination of intellectual acuity and instinctual empathy enabled dozens of projects which have utterly altered our imaginative landscapes. He has inspired every worker in the field to recognise that Irish Studies is a truly global enterprise and at the same time a search for a home we may never have fully known."
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