Professor Adrian Fraizer

Project Leader

Adrian Frazier is a graduate of Pomona College (BA 1971), Trinity College Dublin (Diploma in Anglo Irish Literature, 1973), and Washington University in St. Louis (MA 1976; Ph.D 1979). He has been on the faculty at Nanjing Teachers University (1979-81), Union College in New York (1981-2000), and the National University of Ireland at Galway (2000-), where he is the Director of the MA in Drama and Theatre Studies and the MA in Writing He has published on Irish poetry, drama, and fiction of the 20th century.

Current Project: "Hollywood Irish: Abbey Actors in Hollywood, 1936-1953"

Publications since 2002


"Irish Theatre," The irish review, guest-editor (Autumn 2002). Includes introductory essay, "Irish Theatre Scholarship," pp. 1-9.

Playboys of the Western World: Production Histories, edited collection. Carysfort Press: Dublin, 2004. Includes introduction and two chapters by the editor.


"'The Power of the Moment': Ireland's Literary Revivals," Bullan, v6, n1 (Summer/Fall 2001): 5-28.

"Open Letter to the Irish Tourist Board," Dublin Review (Summer 2001): 34-47.

"Harry Clarke and the Material Culture of Modern Ireland," Textual Studies, v16, n2 (Summer 2002): 303-22

"McGuinness and the Boys," The Dublin Review (Summer 2002): 72-86.

"Literary Landmarks: 'Boulevardier in the rain,' George Moore's Dublin," Irish Times (22 June 2002): 58.

"Moore's Hail, Yeats's Farewell," New Hibernia Review (Autumn 2002).

"Davitt at Moore's Door," The Dublin Review (Autumn 2002): .

"Irish Theatre Scholarship," intro. to special issue on Irish Theatre, Irish Review (Autumn 2002): 1-9.

"The Abbey Theatre," Oxford Encylopedia of Theatre and Performance (OUP: Oxford, 2003), v. 1, pp. 1-2.

"George Moore," Encyclopedia of Ireland (Gill and Macmillan: Dublin, 2003), 738.

"English Department [History of]," Encyclopedia of Union College History (Union College Press: Schenectady, 2003), 259-62.

"The Ideology of the Abbey Theatre," Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century Irish Drama (Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2003), pp. 33-46.

"The Irish Renaissance, 1890-1940: Drama in English," Chapter 20, Cambridge History of Irish Literature (forthcoming).

"Irish Modernist Fiction, 1880-1940," Cambridge Companion to Irish Fiction, ed. J. W. Foster (forthcoming).

" At the Hawk's Well," "Dion Boucicault," " Cathleen ni Houlihan," " The Colleen Bawn," "Lady Gregory," " The Importance of Being Earnest," " In the Shadow of the Glen," "Ireland 1860-2000-Survey," " John Bull's Other Island," " Lady Windermere's Fan," "Micheal MacLiammoir," " Purgatory," " Riders to the Sea," "Lennox Robinson," " Spreading the News," "J. M. Synge," "Oscar Wilde," " A Woman of No Importance," "W. B. Yeats," entries in Grolier Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, ed. Evert Sprinchorn (forthcoming).

"The Body of Life," Programme note for The Shape of Metal by Thomas Kilroy, Abbey Theatre, October 2003

"Hollywood and the Abbey," Dublin Review (Summer 2004): 68-86.

"The Abbey Theatre: Let's Not Throw It All Away," Irish Times (11 October 2004): 12.

"The Abbey Theatre," Oxford Encyclopedia of Literature, 3000 word article, forthcoming.

"George Moore," Oxford Encyclopedia of Literature, 2000 word article, forthcoming.

"Barry Fitzgerald: From Abbey Tours to Hollywood Films," in Irish Theatre on Tour, ed. Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash (Carysfort Press: Dublin, 2005), pp. 89-100.


" A History of Irish Theatre," by Chris Morash, The Irish Times (6 April 2002): 60.

" Lady Gregory," by Colm Toibin, The Irish Times (February 2002).

"The Triumph of Artifice," review of Irish University Review special issue on Thomas Kilroy, Irish Times (3 August 2002): 59.

"'Seized by a Superior Power'?" Review of Becoming George: The Life of Mrs W. B. Yeats, by Ann Saddlemyer, Irish Times (2 November 2002): 59.

"Druid's Sive," Irish Theatre Magazine (Winter 2002): 126-129.

"Struggle of the National Being," review of George Russell (AE) and the New Ireland, 1905-30, by Nicholas Allen, Irish Times (February 8, 2003): 59.

"Life in Leitrim," review of Lives and Miracles by Vincent Woods, Poetry Ireland, 76 (Spring/Summer, 2003): 150-51.

"On Automatic: The Arch Poet: W. B. Yeats: A Life," New York Times Book Review (9 November 2003): 9.

"A woman's art," Irish University Review: A Journal of Irish Studies Special Issue: Lady Gregory, Edited by Anne Fogarty Volume 34, Number 1 (Spring/ Summer 2004), Irish Times (3 July 2004): 62.

"John Montague: A Poet in His Prime," Irish Times (25 September 2004): 13.

" W. B. Yeats: A Life, vol. 2," Irish Times (14 May 2005): 13.

"In the Field of Vision," rev. of The Field Day Review, Irish Times (28 May 2005).

"Writer of the Western World," [review of Synge's travel writings], Irish Times (3 September 2005): 12.

Selected Publications

'Anger and Nostalgia: Seamus Heaney and the Ghost of the Father.' Éire - Ireland (forthcoming, 2002).

George Moore 1852-1933
(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000).

Yeats, Horniman, and the Struggle for the Abbey Theatre
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990).

Editor, 'Irish Issue' of The Literary Review (Winter 1979).

'Under Ben Bulben: Irish Poetry After Yeats' (PhD dissertation, 1979).