Michael Parker

Member of Common Room

Part-time tutor in the Department for Continuing Education, Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University

BA Reading, Cert Ed Southampton, MA Lodz (Poland), MPhil Manchester, PhD Liverpool


Michael Parker is a literature specialist, with research interests in Irish and Northern Irish Writing, Twentieth Century Poetry, Postcolonial Literatures and Literature in Translation. After a career which began in secondary schools, he moved into higher education in 1990, shortly before the publication of his first book, Seamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet (Macmillan 1993). Since then he has written and edited seven books, and has two in the pipeline: an edited translation with Aleksandra Parker of Andrzej Franaszek’s Milosz: A Biography (Harvard University Press, 2017) and a monograph, Seamus Heaney: Legacies, Afterlives (Palgrave 2018).

A freelance writer and lecturer, he is a part-time tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University, and in July 2016 was appointed as Visiting Professor in English Literature at Oxford Brookes University. In recent years he has held posts as Visiting Scholar in European Studies, Columbus State University, Georgia (2015), Visiting Professor in Irish Literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris (2012), and Visiting Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (2009).

Selected Publications

‘Back in the Republic of Conscience: Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, its Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics’, Textual Practice, 9 March 2016, pp.1-35.

Guest editor and contributor to ‘Seamus Heaney Special Issue’, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 21: 2 (Winter 2015), pp.343-57

‘Past Master’: Czesław Miłosz and his Impact on Seamus Heaney’s Poetry’, Textual Practice, 27:5 (2013), 825-50 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0950236X.2012.751448

William Trevor: Revaluations, co-edited with Paul Delaney, Manchester University Press, 2013.

‘His Nibs: Self-Reflexivity and the Significance of Translation in Seamus Heaney’s Human Chain‘, Irish University Review, 42:2, Autumn 2012, 327-50.  ISSN 0021 1427