Damien Keane

D. Keane.

Damien Keane

Damien Keane

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor


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
  • “Amplification: At Home with Marlene Dietrich Overseas.” Edinburgh Companion to Modernism and Technology, eds. Alex Goody and Ian Whittington (Edinburgh University Press, 2022), 257–70.
  • “Keyword: Pacification.” In These Times, Modernism/modernity Print Plus Vol. 4, Cycle 4 (30 January 2020): https://modernismmodernity.org/forums/posts/keane-keyword-pacification.
  • “His Re-Mastered Voice: Joyce for Vinyl.” Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism, eds. Kathryn Conrad, Cóilín Parsons, and Julie McCormick Weng (Syracuse University Press, 2019), 144–59.
  • “Time Made Audible: Irish Stations and Radio Modernism.” A History of Irish Modernism, eds. Gregory Castle and Patrick Bixby (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 330–45.
  • “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 University Press, 2012), 431–55.
  • “Sounds Difficult: 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.