James M. Smith, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

 

English Department & Irish Studies Program                                            617-552-1596 (office)

Boston College                                                                                                                            617-333-9898 (home)

Connolly House                                                                                                                         smithbt@bc.edu

300 Hammond Street                                                                                                           www2.bc.edu/~smithbt

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467                                                                              

                                                                                                                             

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

2007-present:   Associate Professor, Department of English and Irish Studies Program, Boston College

 

2000-2007:        Assistant Professor, Department of English and Irish Studies Program, Boston College

 

1999-2000:        Assistant Professor, Department of English, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

 

1996-1999:        Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, Boston College

 

 

EDUCATION

 

                  1999:                      Ph.D. English, Boston College

 

                  1991:                      M.A. English, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610

 

                  1988:                      M.A. Anglo-Irish Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland

 

                  1987:                      B.A. (Hons.), English & History, University College Dublin, Ireland

 

 

HONORS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

 

2004:                      Boston College Center for Irish Programs, Research Support Grant

(Two Irish National Tales)

2001-2004:        Boston College, College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Research Assistant Grants (five semesters)

2002:                      Boston College Research Incentive Grant

2001:                      Boston College Nominee, Northeast Association of Graduate Schools Annual Dissertation Award, Arts & Humanities

                  1998:                      IASIL Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Limerick, Ireland

                  1997-1998:        English Department Nominee, Boston College Graduate School of Arts &                                                                         Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award           

                  1995-1996:        The Maeve O’Reilly Finley Research Fellowship

                  1995-1996:        Boston College Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Dissertation                                                                            Fellowship

                  1992-1993:        The James Carroll America-Ireland Fund Memorial Fellowship

                  1989-1991:        Fulbright Scholar in American Studies

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Books:

Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment (Southbend, IN:  The University of Notre Dame Press, 2007). 312 pgs.

 

Two Irish National Tales: Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent and Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl. Editor. New Riverside Editions. British Series Editor, Alan Richardson.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 447pp.

 

Journal Articles

 

The Magdalene Sisters: Evidence, Testimony … Action?” Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society 32, 2 (Winter, 2007): 431-58.

 

“The Politics of Sexual Knowledge: The Origins of Ireland’s Containment Culture and ‘The Carrigan Report’ (1931).” Journal of the History of Sexuality. 13, 2 (2004): 208-233.

 

“Remembering Ireland’s Architecture of Containment: ‘Telling’ Stories in The Butcher Boy and States of Fear.” Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies 36, 3&4 (2001): 111-130.

                 

                  “Effaced History: Facing the Colonial Contexts of Ben Jonson’s Irish Masque at Court.”                   ELH 65 (1998): 297-321.

 

Essays

 

“Re-Imagining Ireland, Britain and Europe.” Traversing the Imaginary. Eds. Peter Gratton and John P. Manoussakis.  Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2007.

 

 “Sexual Abuse and the Irish Church: Crisis and Responses” (with Robert Savage). Occasional Papers, 2003. The Church in the 21st Century. Boston College Online Publication. http://www.bc.edu/church21/resources/savagesmith/

 

“Retelling Stories: Exposing Mother Ireland in Kathy Prendergast’s Body Map Series and Mary Leland’s The Killeen.” Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works From Irish Women Artists.  Ed. Jennifer Grinnell and Alston Conley.  Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 1997.  42-51.

 

Miscellaneous

 

“Irish Society Colluded in Betrayal of Magdalen Women.” Opinion-Editorial. The Irish Times 1 Sept. 2003: 12.

 

The Magdalene Sisters in America.” Commentary. The Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Identity & Kinship Newsletter 5 (Fall, 2003): 1 & 3-4.

 

                  “Re-Imagining Ireland, Britain and Europe.”  Rev. of Postnationalist Ireland: Politics,                   Culture, Philosophy by Richard Kearney.  The Irish Literary Supplement 16, 2 (1997):     23-4.

 

 

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

 

Conference Papers

 

"Searching for the 'I': The Adoption Trope in Anne Enright's What are you Like?" History of the European Family: Continuity and Change. University of Limerick, Ireland. June 21, 2007.

 

“The Adoption Act (1952), Baptismal Certificates, and Adoptive Parents' Identity Crisis.” The Women in Irish Culture and History Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland.  October 20-22, 2006.

 

“Adoption as Trope in Representing the Nation’s Architecture of Containment: Peter Mullan’s The Magdalene Sisters and Anne Enright’s What Are You Like?” American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) National Meeting, University of Notre Dame, Southbend, IN. April 17, 2005.

 

“Art Installation as Cultural Representation: Diane Fenster’s ‘The Secrets of the Magdalen Laundries’.” ACIS Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Princeton University, NJ. October 22-23, 2004.

 

“Art Installation as Cultural Representation: Diane Fenster’s ‘The Secrets of the Magdalen Laundries’.” Unmarried Mothers’ in 20th Century Ireland. University of Limerick, Ireland. June 24-25, 2004.

 

“The Origins of a State-Inscribed Containment Culture: ‘The Carrigan Report’ (1931) and The Criminal Law Amendment Act (1935).” ACIS National Meeting, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. June 5-7, 2003.

 

“Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed and Ireland’s Architecture of Containment.” ACIS New England Meeting, Boston University. September 29, 2001.

 

“Witness-ing the Eclipsed: Narrating Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries.” ACIS National Meeting, Fordham University, New York. June 8-9, 2001.

 

“The Politics of Decolonization: Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy and Ireland’s Architecture of Containment." MLA Convention, Chicago, IL. December 29, 1999.

 

The Banished Children of Ireland: Adoption as Cultural Containment.” The New England Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Pittsburgh, PA. April 16, 1999.

 

“Retelling Stories: Exposing Mother Ireland in Kathy Prendergast’s Body Map Series and Mary Leland’s The Killeen.” IASIL Conference, Limerick, Ireland. July 21, 1998.

 

“Ghosts in the Nation’s Archive and Dermot Bolger’s A Second Life.” MLA Convention, Toronto, Canada. December 28, 1997.

 

“Retelling’ the Nation’s Architecture of Containment: Kathy Prendergast’s ‘Body/Map Series’ and Mary Leland’s The Killeen.” ACIS National Meeting, Albany, New York. April 18, 1997.

 

                  “Caging Maria Edgeworth: Dictating a Future, Denying a Past." Society for the Study of                   Nineteenth-Century Ireland Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland. June 29, 1996.

 

                  “Effaced History: Facing the Colonial Contexts of Ben Jonson’s Irish Masque at Court.”                   Harvard University Celtic Colloquium, Cambridge, MA. May 4, 1996.

 

“After ‘Dear Daughter’, Goldenbridge, Artane and Letterfrack: Reading Dermot Bolger’s A Second Life in Context.” ACIS National Meeting, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, April 19, 1996.

 

                  “‘And in her all the fruits of blessing plant’: English Colonization on the Celtic Fringe.”                   Harvard University Celtic Colloquium, Cambridge, MA. May 1, 1994.

 

“Caging Jason: Dictating a Future, Denying a Past.” ACIS National Meeting, Villanova University, Villanova, PA. April 17, 1993.

 

Invited Lectures

 

"Monuments, Magdalens, Memorials: Irish Cultural Memory." Department of English, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.  February 6, 2007.

 

"Monuments, Magdalens, Memorials: Irish Cultural Memory." Department of English, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.  January 22, 2007.

 

"Women in History and On Film." Invited Speaker.  Plenary Roundtable Discussion. The Women in Irish Culture and History Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland.  October 20-22, 2006.

 

"Monuments, Magdalens, Memorials." Faculty Keynote Lecture, English Department Graduate Colloquium, Boston College. November 4, 2005.

 

The Magdalene Sisters: Evidence, Testimony, Action?” Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY. September 16, 2005.   

                 

The Politics of Sexual Knowledge: The Origins of Ireland’s Containment Culture and 'The Carrigan Report' (1931).” Seminar in Contemporary Irish History. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. January 12, 2005.

 

The Politics of Sexual Knowledge: The Origins of Ireland’s Containment Culture and 'The Carrigan Report' (1931).” The Humanities Center Seminar in Gender and Sexuality.  Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. October 27, 2004.

 

The Magdalene Sisters as Historical Evidence? A Working Paper.” English Department Colloquium, Clark University, Worcester, MA. April 7, 2004.

 

The Magdalene Sisters as Historical Evidence? A Working Paper." Boston College Irish Studies and Women’s Studies Colloquium. March 18, 2004.

 

"The Magdalene Sisters: Remembering Ireland's Past." College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. February 19, 2004.

 

The Politics of Sexual Knowledge: The Origins of Ireland’s Containment Culture and 'The Carrigan Report' (1931).” Boston College Irish Studies Program and The Church in the Twentieth First Century Forum. September 22, 2003.

 

“Ireland’s Architecture of Containment and the Magdalen Laundry.” NUI Galway, Ireland.  MA in Irish Studies Seminar. November 26, 2001.

 

“Effaced History: Facing the Colonial Contexts of Ben Jonson’s Irish Masque at Court (1613).” NUI Galway, Ireland. Culture and Colonialism Seminar. November 27, 2001.

 

“Telling Stories in The Butcher Boy and States of Fear.” NUI Galway, Ireland.  Arts & Sciences Faculty Seminar. November 28, 2001.

 

“Teaching Irish Studies in America." GRIAN Conference in Irish Studies. New York University, New York.  March 3-5, 2000.

 

“‘House(s) of a Hundred Windows’: Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy and Ireland’s Architecture of Containment.” Boston College Department of English, February 14, 2000.

 

“‘House(s) of a Hundred Windows’: Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy and Ireland’s Architecture of Containment.” The Pennsylvania State University Department of English, University Park, February 1, 1999.

 

 

Moderator

 

“‘No Earthly Estate’: Religion in Patrick Kavanagh’s Poetry,” presented by Fr. Thomas Stack.  “Patrick Kavanagh: A Centenary Conference and Celebration." Irish Studies Program, Boston College. October 30, 2004.

 

"Catholicism, the Gaelic Revival, and the New State, 1922-1949,” presented by Garret Fitzgerald.  “Ireland Before the Republic: Politics and Culture, 1922-1949." Irish Studies Program, Boston College. March 28, 2004.

 

“Eilis NiDhuibhne.” Chair. ACIS National Meeting. University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. June 5-7, 2003.

 

“Joyce." Chair. Graduate Irish Studies Conference. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. March 27–29, 1998.

 

“Marginality and State Responses in Irish Women’s Fiction.” Chair.  NEACIS Regional Conference. Suffolk University, Boston. November 14–15, 1997.

 

                  “Graduate Irish Studies in America—Panel Discussion." Graduate Irish Studies                   Conference. University of Notre Dame, Southbend, IN. March 10, 1995.

 

“Modern Irish Poetry.” Chaired Panel. NEACIS Regional Conference. Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. October 30, 1992.

 

 

RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS

 

Irish cultural studies, gender and sexuality, and post-colonial theory; the modern and contemporary Irish novel; 19th and 20th-century Irish literatures; William Butler Yeats and the Irish literary revival; Ireland and Renaissance studies; American realism and naturalism, American ethnic literature; contemporary Scottish, Welsh and Black British fiction.

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2000-present:   Associate Professor, English Department and Irish Studies Program, Boston College

 

                                    Courses:

                                    EN 080: Literature Core: Literary Forms

                                    EN 082: Literature Core: Literature and Society

                                    EN 142: American Literary History II

                                    EN 165: Irish Literature Survey - Nineteenth Century

EN 181: Irish Literature Survey- Twentieth Century

                                    EN 444: Major Irish Writers

                                    EN 503: Ireland: The Colonial Context

                                    EN 513: Contemporary Fictions: Great Britain and Ireland (UG/G)

                                    EN 643: The Novel and the Nation (UG seminar)

                                    EN 732: Contemporary Irish Fiction (G)

                                    EN 764: Twentieth Century Irish Fiction (G)

                                    EN 787: Ireland: The Colonial Context (G)

 

1999-2000:        Assistant Professor, English Department, The Pennsylvania State University

 

1993-1999:        Adjunct Faculty & University Fellow, English Department, Boston College                                   

 

ACADEMIC SERVICE

 

2000-2005:        Review and rank Irish Studies applications for English Ph.D. program.

 

2004-2005:        Irish Studies Program, Awards Sub Committee.

                                    English Department Appointments Committee: Irish Language Search.

 

2000-2004:        Coordinated Annual Irish Studies/American Studies Colloquium.

 

2003-2004:        Irish Studies Summer Research Fellowship Committee.

                                    Contributed to draft and revision of five-year strategic plan, "Irish Studies at Boston College: Building on Strength."

 

2002-2003:        Co-wrote and revised "Guidelines for MA in Irish Literature and Culture," "Guidelines for Irish Studies Minor," and "Irish Studies Submission for English Department Graduate Programs Review."

 

2000-2001:        English Department Appointments Sub-Committee: Senior Irish Search.

                                    Coordinated "Graduate Irish Studies Critical Readings Group."

 

1999-2000:        English Department, Member of Graduate Studies Awards and Scholarships’ Sub-Committee, Penn State University.

 

                  1993:                      Director of the Seventh Graduate Irish Studies Conference, “Briseadh

                                                      Amach /Breaking the Hermetic Seal” at Boston College and Harvard                                                                   University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

2006:                      Advisory Board Editor, Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies. New Hibernia Review

 

2002-present:   Referee.  Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies

 

2004:                      "Adoptees Seek Lost Heritage. Born Out of Wedlock In Ireland, and Sent to the U.S. for Adoption, The Now-Grown Children of that Era Seek to Reunite with their Families." Cited in newspaper series by Anthony DeStefano. Newsday (New York). February 29, 2004. 

 

2003:                      “Magdalen Sisters.” Interview.  Here and Now. WBUR-Boston’s National Public Radio Station. August 22, 2003. 

                 

“Not Looking the Other Way.” Interviewed for Review of The Magdalen Sisters by Andrew Hughes.  The South Bend Tribune. Thursday, August 14, 2003. C. 1-2.

 

1993-1996:        Research Assistant for editorial board member of American Literature, Duke University Press.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

                  Modern Language Association of America.

                  American Conference for Irish Studies.

                  International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.

                  Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland.

                  Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Family and Kinship.

 

 

LANGUAGES               

 

Reading knowledge of Gaelic.

 

 

PERSONAL                    

 

Citizen of the United States (Naturalized) and the Republic of Ireland.

 

 

REFEREES

 

                  Dossier available upon request.