Prof. Simon Kress
Simon Kress received his PhD from Emory University in May 2010 and began teaching at UMD in the Fall of 2010. He grew up in midcoast Maine and completed his undergraduate work at Guilford College. His current project addresses the critical role played by social movements, NGOs, and an increasingly human rights-oriented foreign policy in shaping postwar British and Irish literary culture. Providing much of the initial research for this project, his dissertation, "Hurt Into Poetry: The Politics of Sentiment in Northern Irish Poetry, 1966-1998," reconsiders the relationship between lyric poetry and human rights during the period of the Troubles.
Teaching Interests: British literature and culture, 1700-present; Irish and postcolonial literature and culture; world literature; human rights; literature and the state; book history and histories of reading; modern poetry and poetics.
Research Interests: Post-1945 British and Irish literature and culture; contemporary human rights culture and humanitarianism; postcoloniality; social movements, activism, and non-governmental organizations; literary conceptions of the state; sentimentalism; book history and theories of reading.
"Prisoners of Conscience: Amnesty International, Peter Benenson, and Reading About Atrocity" (in progress).
Seamus Heaney, Thomas Moore, and the Music of the Sentimental Nationalist Heart." New Hibernia Review 15.1 (2011): 123-37.
English 1575: 20th-Century Literature
English 1582: World Literature
English 3501: British Literature I (beginnings-1800)
English 3502: British Literature II (1800-present)
English 5375: Modern Poetry
English 5566: Irish Literary Revival
English 5663: Readers and the History of Books