Professor Patrick Crotty
Professor in Irish & Scottish Literature
Patrick Crotty (BA, PhD) is Professor of Irish and Scottish Literature and acting Head of the School of Language and Literature. He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland (Cork) and of the University of Stirling, where he did his PhD on the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid.
Patrick has been Senior Lecturer in English and Welsh Studies at Trinity College Carmarthen, Wales, and head of the English department at St Patrick's College, Dublin City University. Before coming to Aberdeen in 2005 he was a professor at the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster.
Professor Crotty welcomes enquiries from potential research students in modern Irish and Scottish poetry, and in modern and contemporary poetry more generally.
Patrick's main research interests are twentieth-century poetry in Ireland and Scotland. He has also worked on eighteenth-century Irish and Scottish poetry in English, Gaelic and Scots, on American poetry, and on contemporary fiction. His verse translations from the Irish have appeared in many books and journals. Recent/forthcoming publications include essays on Seamus Heaney, Hugh MacDiarmid and W.B. Yeats, as well as 300 new and rewritten entries for The Oxford Companion to English Literature (2009), on which he worked as Associate Editor for Irish, Scottish and Welsh writing.
His Penguin Book of Irish Verse, featuring seven sections covering the historical development of Irish poetry from earliest times to the present, in addition to two sections of songs and ballads, will be published in Penguin Classics in 2010. Along with a wealth of poems in English and some in Scots, the book features verse translations from Old, Middle, Classical and Modern Irish, Latin, Old Norse, Old French and Middle English, and includes more than sixty verse translations by the editor, as well as new translations by Seamus Heaney, Kathleen Jamie and other leading poets.
Patrick's greatest interest is in the poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid. The first volume of a new annotated edition of MacDiarmid's poems, edited with Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, is due to go to press in March 2010. The Complete Collected Poems will conclude Carcanet Press's MacDiarmid 2000 project.
Poetry, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Scottish literature, Yeats, Joyce, MacDiarmid, Heaney
Director, Merriman Summer School, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, Ireland 2000
Director of W.B. Yeats Winter School, Sligo, Ireland 2002-2005
Director of WB Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland, 2006-2008
External examiner in English, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2003-2006
External examiner in Modern English, Trinity College Dublin, 2006-2007
External examiner for National University of Ireland Dr H H Stewart Scholarship and Prizes, 2008-
Contributions to Journals
- Crotty, PJ. (2009). 'Patrick Crotty on Tell Tale Signs'. The Bridge, vol 33, pp. 59-65.
- Crotty, PJ. (2009). 'A Note on Together Through Life'. The Bridge, vol 34, pp. 57-59.
- Crotty, PJ. & Peter Denman (2009). '"Keeping Going", Seamus Heaney' in Poems That Matter 1950-2000'. Irish University Review, vol 39, no. 2, pp. 347-357.
Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
- Crotty, PJ. (2012). 'Speechless mountains: Rich patterns of music and metaphor in the best work of the Gaelic modernist Sorley MacLean'. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5703, pp. 3-4.
- Crotty, PJ. (2011). 'Pride of Scotland: And the problems of Edwin Morgan's reputation south of the border'. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5633, pp. 12-13.
- Crotty, PJ. (2011). 'Untitled'. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, no. 5639, pp. 27.
Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings
- Crotty, PJ. (2012). ''Merry Ha'e We Been': The Midnight Visions of Brian Merriman and Robert Burns'. in D Sergeant & F Stafford (eds), Burns and Other Poets. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 107-126.
- Crotty, PJ. (2011). 'Swordsmen: W.B. Yeats and Hugh MacDiarmid'. in P Mackay, E Longley & F Brearton (eds), Modern Irish and Scottish Poetry. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 20-38.
- Crotty, PJ. (2008). 'The Context of Heaney's Reception'. in B O'Donoghue (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney. Cambridge Companions to Literature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 37-55.
- Crotty, PJ. (2006). 'The Irish Renaissance, 1890-1940: poetry in English'. in Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary, eds., The Cambridge History of Irish Literature 1890-2000. Margaret Kelleher and Philip O'Leary, eds., The Cambridge History of Irish Literature 1890-2000, pp. 50-112.
- Crotty, PJ. (2005). 'All Toppers: Children in the Fiction of John McGahern'. in Irish Fiction Since the 1960s ed. Elmer Kennedy-Andrews : Colin Smythe. Gerrards Cross, pp. 277-300.
- Crotty, PJ. (2004). 'Montague Bound: A Note on Collected Poems'. in Thomas Dillon Redshaw, ed., Well Dreams: Essays on John Montague. Thomas Dillon Redshaw, ed., Well Dreams: Essays on John Montague, pp. 376-392.
- Crotty, PJ. (2003). ''Extraordinary Man of the Bald Welsh Hills': The Iago Prytherch Poems'. in Damian Walford Davies, ed., Echoes to the Amen: Essays After R.S. Thomas; University of Wales Press. Damian Walford Davies, ed., Echoes to the Amen: Essays After R.S. Thomas; University of Wales Press, pp. 13-43.
- Crotty, PJ. (2002). 'Apocalypse Now and Then: The Yellow Book'. in Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, ed., The Poetry of Derek Mahon; Ulster Editions and Monographs: 11. Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, ed., The Poetry of Derek Mahon; Ulster Editions and Monographs: 11, pp. 273-296.
- Crotty, PJ. (ed.) (2009). 'Irish, Scottish and Welsh Literature'. in D Birch (ed.), The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 7th edn, Oxford Companions, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. n\a.
Books and Reports
- Crotty, PJ. (2010). 'The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry'. Penguin Classics, London.