Dr Jack Quin

Dr Jack Quin

Department of English Literature
Honorary Research Fellow

My research project examines the relationship between poetry and sculpture in late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century British and Irish literature. I have published or forthcoming work on a range of canonical and understudied writers, including W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Dora Sigerson Shorter, John Hewitt and T.S. Eliot.


  • BA, Queen’s University Belfast (2012)
  • MA, Queen’s University Belfast (2013)
  • PhD, University of York (2018)


I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham. Before joining the University in 2020, I was an Irish Research Council postdoc fellow at Trinity College Dublin. I completed my PhD at the University of York in 2018, and my BA and MA at Queen’s University Belfast.


My British Academy-funded postdoctoral project is entitled Dual Forms: Modernist poetry and the poetics of sculpture. Spanning 1880-1940, I consider the poetical and critical engagement with public monuments, abstract sculpture, medal and coin designs, museum artefacts, decorative sculpture and a variety of objets d’art. To understand the relationship between modern poetry and sculpture my work necessarily crosses disciplines and periods, contributing to our understanding of the verbal and visual arts, and the intersecting fields of Victorian and Modernist studies in Britain and Ireland. From Edmund Gosse and the Victorian New Sculpture movement, to collaborating poets and sculptors of the Celtic Revival; from Algernon Charles Swinburne’s translations of Michelangelo, to Ezra Pound’s inter-arts Vorticist manifestos, and H.D.’s fascination with classical statuary, modern poetry is profoundly shaped by the art of sculpture, and vice versa.

During my BA fellowship I will survey archive collections at the Cadbury Research Library in Birmingham, the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, the New York Public Library, as well as several museums and libraries in London, Dublin and Belfast. The aim of this research in specific collections will be recovery of discourses on the plastic arts in British and Irish periodicals, unpublished papers, letters and lectures.

My PhD and previous postdoctoral research focussed on W.B. Yeats’s lifelong engagement with the art of sculpture, and is being prepared for monograph publication. In addition, I have published articles emerging from my research on Yeats, Irish poetry and modernist sculpture in International Yeats Studies, Irish Studies Review, and Modernist Cultures.

Other activities

In 2019, I was an Erasmus+ teaching at Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania, leading a postgraduate course on Irish literature and history. In 2021, I will be a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to New York University (NYU), undertaking research in association with Glucksman Ireland House.

I currently review for the Year’s Work in English Studies, surveying publications on ‘Modern Irish Poetry’, and am delighted when authors bring relevant articles and books to my attention.


Recent publications


Quin, J 2022, W.B. Yeats and the Language of Sculpture. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192843159.001.0001


Quin, J 2022, 'Banknotes of the Irish Free State', Irish University Review, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 39-52. https://doi.org/10.3366/iur.2022.0540

Quin, J 2021, 'Michael Longley’s poetics of painting', New Hibernia Review, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 54-71. <https://muse.jhu.edu/article/810827>

Quin, J 2020, ''Some master of design': W.B. Yeats and the Free State Coinage', Modernist Cultures, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 464-487. <https://doi.org/10.3366/mod.2020.0309>

Quin, J 2019, 'John Hewitt's curatorial eye: art and poetry in the municipal galleries', Irish Studies Review, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 528-549. <https://doi.org/10.1080/09670882.2019.1662577>

Quin, J 2017, 'W.B. Yeats and the sculpture of Brancusi', International Yeats Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 45-63. <https://doi.org/10.34068/IYS.02.01.03>

Book/Film/Article review

Quin, J 2019, 'Curious Disciplines: Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood by Sarah Hayden (review)', The Review of English Studies, vol. 70, no. 297, pp. 991-993. <https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgz069>

Quin, J 2018, 'Post-Ireland? Essays on Contemporary Irish Poetry, ed. Jefferson Holdridge and Brian Ó Conchubhair (review)', Irish Studies Review, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 292-293.

Quin, J 2015, 'Northern Irish Poetry and Theology by Gail McConnell, and A Chastened Communion: Modern Irish Poetry and Catholicism by Andrew J. Auge (review)', Irish University Review, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 391-396.

Review article

Ross, S, Mourant, C, Fischer, TM, Phillips, J, Parsons, K, Stringfellow, S, RodrÍguez MartÍn, GA, Saunders, G, Richards, J, Quin, J & Roach, R (ed.) 2022, 'XIV Modern Literature', The Year's Work in English Studies, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 971-1083. https://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/maac014

Ross, S, Bratton, F, Keese, A, Binnie, G, Phillips, J, West, M, Cooper, S, Stringfellow, S, RodrÍguez MartÍn, GA, Saunders, G, Masud, N, Creasy, M, Alonso, A, Quin, J & Roach, R (ed.) 2021, 'XIV Modern Literature', The Year's Work in English Studies, vol. 100, no. 1, pp. 933–1064. https://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/maab014

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