Professor Roy Foster
Professor of Irish History and Literature
Email: email@example.comRoom Number: ArtsTwo 2.30
I have been teaching Irish history and literature , first at Birkbeck College, London, and then as the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford, for many years, and have published widely on Irish political, social and literary history.
I have been interested for many years in the cultural interactions between Ireland and Britain, raising questions of identity, politics and the degree to which a ‘colonial’ relationship existed between the two countries. For many years I worked on the authorised biography of W.B.Yeats, which appeared in two volumes in 1997-2003, and more recently have been publishing on the cultural and political radicalization of the revolutionary generation in Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century. I am currently interested in the political dimensions of Irish writing from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
- Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family (link is external) (1976)
- Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (link is external) (1981)
- Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (link is external) (1988)
- The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland (link is external) (1989)
- The Sub Prefect Should Have Held His Tongue: Selected Essays of Hubert Butler (link is external) (1990)
- Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History (link is external) (1993)
- The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (link is external) (2001)
- W.B. Yeats, A Life. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (link is external) (1997) and Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (link is external) (2003)
- Conquering England: The Irish in the Victorian Metropolis (link is external) (2005), co-written with Fintan Cullen, to coincide with our exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (link is external)
- Luck and the Irish: a brief history of change 1970-2000 (link is external) (2006), a book deriving from the Wiles Lectures (link is external) which I delivered at Queen’s University Belfast, in 2004
- Words Alone: Yeats and his inheritances (link is external) (2011), derived from my Clark Lectures (link is external) at the University of Cambridge
- Vivid Faces: the revolutionary generation in Ireland 1890-1923 (link is external) (2014 )
I am interested in supervising work in Irish cultural and political history in the modern period.