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Damien Keane

Associate Professor
Office: 405 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0681
E-mail address:


nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish writing, Anglophone modernism, sound [recording technology, radio, music], archives, material textuality, libraries, critical theory, sociology, cultural materialism

Current Courses

Fall 2016

Eng 545 Modernism Among the Institutions

Wednesday 12:30-3:10, Clemens 1032

Registration Numbers:  (A) 23494   (B) 23495

Eng 331 Studies in Irish Literature

MWF         10:00 - 10:50

Reg. No. 23455

Works in Progress

  • “The Contemporary Sounds of the Archaic Avant-Garde: Joyce’s Recordings” [long essay]
  • Institutions of Access [book-length project]

Selected Publications


  • Ireland and the Problem of Information: Irish Writing, Radio, Late Modernist Communication. Series: Refiguring Modernism (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014). Awarded the 2015 Robert Rhodes Prize for Book on Literature, American Conference for Irish Studies.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Contrary Regionalisms and Noisy Correspondences: The BBC in Northern Ireland circa 1949.” Modernist
  • Cultures 10.1 (March 2015): 26–43.
  • “Poetry, Music, and Reproduced Sound.” The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry, eds. Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 431–55.
  • "Sounds Difficult: James Joyce and Modernism’s Recorded Legacy." Sounding Out!: A Sound Studies Blog. 30 January 2012.
  • "Quotation Marks, the Gramophone Record, and the Language of the Outlaw." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 51.4 (Winter 2009): 400-15.
  • "An Ear Toward Security: The Princeton Listening Center." Princeton University Library Chronicle 71.1 (Autumn 2009) 45-61.