School of English
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
All Hallows Campus
Academic biographyBorn Omagh, Co.Tyrone 1968, DR. MICHAEL HINDS is an Associate Professor in the School of English at Dublin City University. He is the founder of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute, where he was Senior Lecturer and Head of English. He also started the journal POST: A Review of Poetry Studies while there. From 1996-9, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Tokyo, and retains an interest in the culture of Japan, as well as its representation elsewhere. His main interest is in American literature, however, and has published widely on it, with a particular emphasis on American poetry and its intersection with popular culture. In 2006, he edited Rebound: The American Poetry Book (Rodopi) with Stephen Matterson. He has been a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books since 2010. He is currently working on an exploration of poetry's anguished relationship to money, unimaginatively entitled Moneypoetry. His collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Silverman of the University of Massachusetts, Johnny Cash International: How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2020. He also has an interest in the culture of horse racing, and has published internationally on that subject.
His current research students are working in both poetry studies and more interdisciplinary areas. One is working on evolving an ecopoetics adequate to the state of the ocean in the 21st century, another is performing a comparative study of how folklore radicalizes the impact or literature, looking at the work of African-American woman writers in conjunction with stories from the Assam Tea Plantation and stories from the Celtic Revival. His most recent PhD graduate wrote in Bob Dylan and Late Style, and his newest PhD student is working on the Japanese novelist (and translator of American Literature), Haruki Murakami.
Research interestsAmerican Literature:
The American Poetry Book and Poetry Technologies
Modernism and Postmodernism
American Poetry from Bradstreet to the present. (Randall Jarrell in particular, and the mid-twentieth century);
19th C (Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, Stephen Crane, Thoreau in particular)
20th C and 21st fiction (Philip Roth, E.L. Doctorow, Raymond Chandler, George Saunders)
Poetry and Poetics
Particular contemporary poets
Classical Influences on Contemporary Poetry and Song
Poetry in Translation
Poetry and Ethics
Poetry and Politics
Poetry and Money
New forms of production and writing are a particular interest of mine.
Sport Literature and Sports Writing
Football and Horse Racing, American Sports and Sportswriting
Literary Representations of Japan, Italy and France;
Ekphrasis and interdisciplinarity
Rock and Pop Music , especially in how it crossovers with the poetic tradition:
Punk and Hardcore
Rockabilly, particularly Johnny Cash
The Beach Boys
Fandom studies and alternative cultures
My practice is informed if not dominated by the following thinkers:
Slavoj Zizek, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Deleuze and Guattari.
Eager to enable research and facilitate teaching exchanges in any of these areas....and more