Dr. Richard Rankin Russell is an Associate Professor of English at Baylor University, where he teaches modern and contemporary British and Irish literature. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds an M. Phil. in English Literature (Modernism) from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
This talk will focus on how several poems by both Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney explore the impact of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland and how poetry offers a model of cultural understanding and dialogue that can point a way beyond calcified identities.
Dr. Russell has published extensively on Irish and Northern Irish literature, including his edited collection of essays, Martin McDonagh: A Casebook (Routledge, 2007), along with the monographs Bernard MacLaverty (Bucknell UP, 2009), and Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland (Notre Dame UP, 2010). His book-length study of place in Brian Friel is under consideration by Syracuse UP and he has just finished a book on Seamus Heaney and regionalism.
Dr. Russell is a reviewer for Irish Studies Review, Studies in the Novel and New Hibernia Review. He was named outstanding professor at Baylor in 2003-04 for distinctive scholarship by an untenured faculty member and has been a Fellow for summer seminars at the National Humanities Center, The Aspen Institute and for Liberty Fund.