Professor Denis Donoghue is New York University’s Henry James Professor in English and American Letters. He received his degrees from National University of Ireland and Cambridge University. Professor Donoghue is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Irish Literature, and his presence is in high demand at literary conferences worldwide.
Professor Donoghue has published widely on Irish, English and American literature and the aesthetics and practice of reading. His works include The American Classics: A Personal Essay (Yale University Press, 2005), Speaking of Beauty (Yale University Press, 2003), Words Alone: The Poet T. S. Eliot (Yale University Press, 2000), Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls (Knopf, 1995), The Practice of Reading (Yale University Press, 1988), Connoisseurs of Chaos: Ideas of Order in Modern American Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1984), and Ferocious Alphabets (Little Brown, 1981). Professor Donoghue is also widely published in literary journals, and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. In 2002, he was elected Chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Nominating Committee, and is currently a Fellow with the British Academy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Council of Learned Societies.