Damien Keane

Associate Professor Damien Keane.

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Office: 405 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0681
E-mail address: dkeane@buffalo.edu


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

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.