Kurt McGee

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Areas of Interest

Modernism; Philosophy of Literature; The Novel; Total War

MPhil, Trinity College Dublin
BA, Georgia Southern University


My work focuses on the literature and thought of the early twentieth century.  I am fascinated by the formal methods Modernist novelists use to investigate and negotiate the self within the context of the powerful enveloping external forces—war, the surveillance state, commodity culture—that I believe issued in a paradigm shift to human thinking.  My current and recent projects look at authors such as Beckett, Conrad, Woolf, Joyce, and Banville.

Recent Scholarly Activity

“‘I’ll Go On:’ War Migration in Beckett’s Trilogy.” Presented at American Conference for Irish Studies, June 2018, University College Cork.

“Beckett on Film and the Commodification of an ‘Irish Writer’” (Published article, Trinity Postgraduate Review 16.1, June 2017).

“‘Bad Politics and Bad Art’: John Banville’s Novels as Quest for the Individual” (Presentation, American Conference for Irish Studies. March 2017, University of Missouri-Kansas City).

“The Novel and Authenticity in John Banville’s Late Fiction” (Master’s dissertation, August 2016).