Clíona Ní Ríordáin

Clíona Ní Ríordáin is the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Chair in Irish Language and Literature. A critic and translator, she holds a doctorate from the University of Lyon Lumière, post-graduate degrees from the Sorbonne, the Sorbonne Nouvelle and University College Cork, and an undergraduate degree from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Before joining Notre Dame she taught Irish literature and translation studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle from 2003-2023.

She is the editor of four anthologies of Irish poetry, and two collections of essays, Speaking Like a Spanish Cow (Ibidem 2019) and The Poets and Poetry of Munster (Ibidem 2023). She co-authored Irlande: histoire, société, culture, with Maurice Goldring (La Découverte, 2012). Her monograph, English Language Poets in University College Cork (Palgrave 2020), was the first to explore the work of a generation of Irish poets who came to maturity after Donogh O’Malley’s 1967 education act. Yell, Sam, If You Still Can (Lilliput 2022), her translation of Maylis Besserie’s first novel was a Financial Times book of the year in 2022. Clíona Ní Ríordáin’s most recent publication is a personal anthology of the poems of Gerry Murphy, Plus loin encore (Circe, 2023), co-edited and co-translated with Paul Bensimon. She is an Irish government appointee to the strategy committee of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Her research interests include contemporary Irish literature, especially poetry, in Irish and English, the sociology of literature, translation studies, and sociolinguistics. She would be happy to supervise students in any of those areas.

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