Dr. Maurice Harmon
In Fall 1992, Maurice Harmon, Emeritus Professor
of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University
College Dublin, M. R. I A.,was the seventh
occupant of the John Deaver and Elizabeth G.
Drinko Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts at
During the semester, he taught Modern Irish
Literature: From Yeats to Heaney (English 637, for
graduate students) and served as guest lecturer in
Introduction to the Short Story (English 331);
English Literature (English 300); and Introduction
to Poetry (English 315).
||In addition, Harmon,
Emeritus Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama,
University College Dublin, M. R. I A., gave formal lectures on
the Marshall University campus: "Revolution;" at the Huntington
Museum of Art ( 15 October, "English Words/Irish Voices: Making
a New Literature;" at the fall meeting of the West Virginia
Association of College English Teachers, 13 November, North Bend
State Park, "W.B Yeats Austin Clarke and Sean O'Faolain;" and,
perhaps most memorably, at the University of Charleston, 18
November, where he delighted the many Irish in the audience by
reciting a poem in Gaelic.
|While awaiting proofs of
the O'Faolain biography, Dr. Harmon spent the 1993-94 academic
year as the Burns Library Scholar in Irish Studies at Boston
College, where he taught a graduate seminar and presented two
public lectures during the fall term.
|Harmon graduated from
University College Dublin in 1951 and received his M. A. in
Comparative Literature from Harvard University (1957) and his
Ph. D. in English language and Literature from the National
University of Ireland (1961).
|Before accepting a
position at University College Dublin, he was a faculty member
at Lewis and Clark College and at the University of Notre Dame.
Professor Harmon has been visiting professor at Ohio State, the
University of Washington, the University of Massachusetts, and
the Catholic University of America.
||He also has been an
invited speaker throughout Europe and America, having given
lectures at such European universities as the Sorbonne, Berne,
Zurich, Bonn, Warsaw, and Crachow; in America, he has lectured
at NYU, Brandeis, Fordham, Penn, Michigan, SUNY, and Oregon,
||In addition to editing
two journals and holding office in five different scholarly
organizations, Professor Harmon has received awards from the
Ford Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, Harvard,
Notre Dame, University College Dublin, the British Academy, the
Royal Irish Academy, and the National University of Ireland. He
was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1976 (M. I. R. A.).
||Professor Harmon is
generally considered one of the world's leading scholars of
Irish and Anglo-Irish literature. He has written or edited 21
books and published 32 articles in books or periodicals. He is
profiled in Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of International
Biography, International Authors, and Writers Who's Who.