Sean Kennedy

Assoc Dean of Arts
Faculty of Arts
English

Faculty Member Information

Biosketch

Sean Kennedy is Professor of English with a specialisation in modern Irish literature and culture. He has published widely on the work of Samuel Beckett in Irish contexts, is the founder of the binennial Queering Ireland conference organisation (2009-present), and is interested in psychoanalysis, queer studies and feminisms. His latest project, ‘Ireland and the Erotics of Austerity’, is a psychoanalytic study of the discourses of austerity in an Irish context.

Education

Ph.D., English, National University of Ireland, 2003
M.A., Culture & Colonialism, National University of Ireland, 1997
B.A., English/Psychology Double Major, Trinity College, 1995

Academic Work Experience

2014 - Present, Faculty Union Executive (Vice President), Saint Mary’s University
2013 - Present, Co­director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture (CISC), Co­director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture (CISC)
2013 - Present, Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Outreach), Saint Mary’s University
2012 - Present, Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University
2009 - Present, Coordinator of Irish Studies, Saint Mary’s University
2009 - Present, Associate Professor of English, Saint Mary’s University
2007 - 2014, Faculty Union Executive (Member ­at­ Large), Saint Mary’s University
2005 - 2009, Assistant Professor of English, Saint Mary’s University
2001 - 2005, Teaching Assistant, National University of Ireland

Membership

2010 - Present, American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS)
2009 - Present, Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
2005 - Present, The Samuel Beckett Society
2005 - Present, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)
2001 - Present, Modern Language Association (MLA)

Honours

Long Room Hub, Two Month Visiting Research Fellowship Trinity College Dublin - 2011

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Kennedy Sean. (2015)"Samuel Beckett Society at the MLA -Chicago 2014", The Samuel Beckett Circle, n.p.
Kennedy Sean. (2012)"The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: 1941-1956", The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: 1941­-1956, The American Book Review, 9-25
Kennedy Sean. (2012)"The Myth of Manliness in Irish Culture, 1880-1922", The Myth of Manliness in Irish Culture, 1880­-1922, Victorian Studies 56:1, 173-175
Kennedy Sean. (2011)"Beckett's Masculinity", Beckett’s Masculinity, The Samuel Beckett Circle
Kennedy Sean. (2011)"The Annotated Murphy/The Annotated Watt", The Annotated Murphy/The Annotated Watt, Estudios Irlandeses 7, 185­-188
Kennedy Sean. (2010)"Samuel Beckett in the Literary Marketplace", Samuel Beckett in the Literary Marketplace, Modernism/Modernity 4:18, 919­-921
Kennedy Sean. (2010)"'Out of the Archive in York'", 'Out of the Archive in York', The Samuel Beckett Circle 2:34, 4
Kennedy Sean. (2009)"A Samuel Beckett Companion", A Samuel Beckett Companion, James Joyce Literary Survey, 11-12
Kennedy Sean. (2009)"Trapped in Thought: A Study of the Beckettian Mentality", Trapped in Thought: A Study of the Beckettian Mentality, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 2:35, 88-89
Kennedy Sean. (2009)"Joyce's Knowhow/Beckett's Nohow: Manuscript Genetics", Joyce's Knowhow/Beckett's Nohow: Manuscript Genetics, The Samuel Beckett Circle 1:33, 18-19

Journal Articles

Kennedy Sean, Bixby Patrick. "(Dis)embodied Becketts", Journal of Beckett Studies (Spring - 2015)
Kennedy Sean. "Ireland in Psychoanalysis", Breac: a digital journal of Irish Studies 8 (Spring - 2015)
Kennedy Sean. "'Keep calm and carry on: Ireland and the erotics of austerity'", Ireland in Psychoanalysis, in Breac: a digital journal of Irish Studies 8 (Spring - 2015)
Kennedy Sean. "Queering the Issue", Irish University Review 43:1 (Spring - 2012)
Kennedy Sean. "'Edmund Spenser, famine memory and the discontents of humanism in Endgame'", Early Modern Beckett, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 24 (Spring - 2011), 105-120
Kennedy Sean. "Queering Ireland", Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 36:1 (Spring - 2009)
Kennedy Sean. "'First Love': Abortion and Infanticide in Beckett and Yeats", Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 21 (Spring - 2009), 79­-91
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett reviewing MacGreevy: a reconsideration", The Irish University Review (Winter - 2005), 273-288
Kennedy Sean. "Historicising Beckett", Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 15 (Spring - 2004), 21-27
Kennedy S.. "Cultural Memory in Mercier and Camier: The Fate of Noel Lemass", Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 15 (Spring - 2004), 117-131
Kennedy Sean. "'The artist who stakes his being is from nowhere': Samuel Beckett and Thomas MacGreevy on the art of Jack B. Yeats", Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 14:1 (Spring - 2003), 61-74
Kennedy Sean. ""A lingering dissolution": All that Fall and Protestant fears of engulfment in the Irish Free State", Assaph: Studies in the Theatre 17/18 (Winter - 2002), 247-262

Presentation

Kennedy Sean. "Happy Days: Beckett and the degeneration of form" (Spring - 2014)
Kennedy Sean. "The ends of ascendancy: Beckett, Lennox Robinson and furniture" (Spring - 2014)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett, belonging and longing", Stratford Theatre Festival (Spring - 2014)
Kennedy Sean. "Keep calm and carry on: Ireland and the erotics of austerity", American Conference for Irish Studies (Spring - 2014)
Kennedy Sean. "Happy Days: Beckett and the degeneration of form", Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society (Spring - 2014)
Kennedy Sean. "Are women toilets? or, the infrastructure of privilege", Equity: an internal conference’ (Spring - 2014)
Kennedy Sean. "The Scandal of Joyce", Lecture to An Cumann/The Irish Association of Nova Scotia (Spring - 2014)
Kennedy Sean. "Happy Days: Beckett and the degeneration of form", Modernist Studies Association 16 (Spring - 2013)
Kennedy Sean. "Keep calm and carry on: Ireland and the erotics of austerity", Ireland in Psychoanalysis (Spring - 2013)
Kennedy Sean. "Happy Days: Beckett and the degeneration of form", The Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) (Spring - 2013)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett and Dysfunction", Roundtable at The Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) (Spring - 2013)
Kennedy Sean. "Echo's Bones: Beckett, Yeats and the degeneration of form", Samuel Beckett Society at the MLA (Spring - 2013)
Kennedy Sean. "Trying to Understand Endgame" (Spring - 2012)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett's bowlers" (Spring - 2012)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett, Lennox Robinson's The Big House and furniture", Samuel Beckett: Form and History (Spring - 2012)
Kennedy Sean. "Echo's Bones: Beckett after Yeats", The Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) (Spring - 2012)
Kennedy Sean. "Echo's Bones: Beckett, Yeats and the Big House, 1933", Samuel Beckett Summer School (Spring - 2011)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett and Irish Culture, 1929-49: Politics", Three-hour seminar at the Samuel Beckett Summer School (Spring - 2011)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett and Irish Culture, 1929-49: Fertility", Three-hour seminar at the Samuel Beckett Summer School (Spring - 2011)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett and Irish Culture, 1929-49: Censorship", Three-hour seminar at the Samuel Beckett Summer School (Spring - 2011)
Kennedy Sean. "Echo's Bones: Beckett after Yeats", Samuel Beckett and the 'State' of Ireland (Spring - 2011)
Kennedy Sean. "Samuel Beckett and the Crisis of Words", The Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) (Spring - 2011)
Kennedy Sean. "Samuel Beckett, famine memory and the 'state' of Ireland", Samuel Beckett and the 'State' of Ireland (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "Endgame and the Irish Famine" (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "History and Philosophy in the Watt manuscripts", Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive, York University (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "Edmund Spenser, famine memory and the discontents of humanism in Endgame", Beckett International Foundation Seminar (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "Edmund Spenser, famine memory and the discontents of humanism in Endgame" (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "Samuel Beckett, famine memory and the discontents of humanism in Endgame", The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "Ladysmith on the Klip: The Boer War and Degeneration in Beckett's Mercier and Camier", American Conference for Irish Studies (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "How normative is Molly Bloom now?", American Conference for Irish Studies response (Spring - 2010)
Kennedy Sean. "Endgame and the Irish Famine" (Spring - 2009)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett, the bowler hat and the performance of ascendancy" (Spring - 2009)
Kennedy Sean. "Abort! Abort!: Beckett's 'First Love' and the politics of Irish fertility" (Spring - 2009)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett, homosexuality and the politics of Irish fertility", Modernist Studies Association (Spring - 2009)
Kennedy Sean. "'Now let us contraceive a Cuchulain': Beckett and the politics of Irish fertility", Canadian Association of Irish Studies (Spring - 2009)
Kennedy Sean. "Beckett’s Irish Habitus", Northeast Modern Language Association (Spring - 2009)
Kennedy Sean. "Landscapes of Memory: Mourning Ireland in the Texts for Nothing", Modern Language Association (MLA) conference (Spring - 2006)

Editorial Work

Kennedy Sean. (Ed.) (2009) Beckett and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Kennedy Sean. (Ed.) (2009) Beckett and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Other Publications

Kennedy Sean. "'Queer Ireland' "
Eire/Ireland (Spring - 2012)
Kennedy S.. "A Note on Mr. Nidder"
Journal of Beckett Studies (Winter - 2004)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society, Arizona State University 2015/01 - 2015/01
Queering Ireland 2015: Politically Queer?, University College, Dublin 2014/04 - 2014/04
Re-­examining language shift in Ireland in the nineteenth century Host, D’Arcy McGee Lecture in Irish Studies by Nicholas Wolf (NYU) 2014/02 - 2014/02
Asylums: reading landscapes of refuge and isolation in Cape Breton, 2014/02 - 2014/02
Ireland in Psychoanalysis Chair, Ireland in Psychoanalysis conference 2013/04 - 2013/04
Queering Ireland 2013: Queer Irish Diasporas, The State University of New York 2012/04 - 2012/04
Ireland, Slavery and Transatlantic Culture, D’Arcy McGee Lecture in Irish Studies 2012/01 - 2012/03
Queering Ireland 2011: Coming Out in Contemporary Ireland, University College, Cork 2010/03 - 2010/03
Batt Burns: arranged regional tour of Nova Scotia for Irish seanchaí, 2009/01 - 2009/03