Barry McCrea

Keough Family Chair of Irish Studies
Professor of Comparative Literature
Concurrent Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; Concurrent Professor of Irish Language and Literature

Professor of Comparative Literature
210 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-6120


Areas of study

  • British - 20th and 21st
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Irish
  • Postcolonial/Global


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Princeton University
M.A. in Comparative Literature, Princeton University
B.A. in Spanish and French, Trinity College Dublin

Research and teaching interests

The novel, comparative literature, modernism, gay and lesbian studies, Irish literature, western European literature, Latin American literature, world literature


Barry McCrea is a novelist and scholar of comparative literature. He is the author of three books, Languages of the Night, winner of the American Comparative Literature Association’s René Wellek prize for the best book of 2016, In the Company of Strangers which was awarded the Heyman prize for scholarship in the humanities, and a novel, The First Verse, which won a number of awards including the Ferro-Grumley prize for fiction and a Barnes and Noble “Discover” prize. The First Verse was published in Spanish and in German. He teaches both comparative courses on broad themes dealing with literature in English, French, Irish, Italian, and Spanish (“Class, Desire, and the Novel”, “Narrative”, “The Novel in Europe”), and seminars on more specific topics (“Ulysses”, “Proust”, “Modern Irish Poetry”).

Before joining Notre Dame, he taught at Yale University, where he was appointed full professor of comparative literature in 2012. Professor McCrea is co-director and founder of the International Network for the Comparative Humanities ( He teaches fall semesters in the Rome and Dublin Global Gateways, and spring semesters on campus.

Representative publications