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Michael Cavanagh
Orville and Mary Patterson Routt Professor of Literature

Mike Cavanagh


Michael Cavanagh (Ph.D.) specializes in modern poetry, English and Irish literature from 1800 to the present, Milton, Dante, and Joyce.

His publications have appeared in English Literary History, The Journal of Modern Literature, Papers in Language and Literature, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Lectura Dantis, and elsewhere. Most recently he has written a study of W.B. Yeats's death-bed, Dante-style poem, "Cuchulain Comforted."

Prof. Cavanagh's book on Seamus Heaney, Professing Poetry: Seamus Heaney's Poetics, was published in June of 2009 by Catholic University Press. It appeared in paperback late in the summer of 2010. Cavanagh's poems have appeared or will appear in The Aurorean, The South Dakota Quarterly, Eclipse, Blue Unicorn, and The Sewanee Review. 

Cavanagh is now at work on a book about Paradise Lost.


Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3110


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On-Campus Address: 

201 Harry Hopkins House
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Primary Academic Interest: 

Modern poetry
English and Irish literature from 1800 to the present
and Joyce

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