Vera Kreilkamp

Professor, English


  • Ph.D., English, City University of New York
  • M.A.T,, English, Harvard University
  • B.A., English, Wellesley College


  • Professor, Pine Manor College
  • Co-editor (for literature and fine arts), Éire Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies
  • Visiting Professor, Irish Studies Program, Boston College

Honors and Awards

  • Wean Sabbatical, Pine Manor College, 2003
  • Abercrombie Writing Chair, Pine Manor College, 1996-1999
  • National Endowment of the Humanities: Research Grant, Summer 1991
  • Lindsay Professorshi, Pine Manor College, 1987
  • National Defense Education Act Fellowship (The City University of New York)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Durant Scholar (Wellesley College)


  • "Reinventing a Form: the Big House in Aidan Higgins' Langrishe Go Down." The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, December, 1985.
  • "The Persistent Pattern: Molly Keane's Big House Fiction." The Massachusetts Review, Fall, 1987.
  • "Social and Sexual Politics in the Big House." Éire-Ireland, Summer, 1988.
  • "Reinventing a Form: the Big House in Aidan Higgins' Langrishe, Go Down" in Ancestral Voices: The Big House in Anglo-Irish Literature: A Collection  of Interpretations.  Ed Otto Rauchbauer. Dublin @ Zurich: Lilliput Press, 1992.
  • "'Going to the Levee' as Ascendancy Spectacle: Alternative Narratives in an Irish Painting." Visualizing  Ireland: National Ideals and the Pictorial Tradition.  Faber and Faber, October, 1993.
  • "Introduction" (co-author). Visualizing  Ireland.  Faber and  Faber, 1993.
  • "Big House": entry on Big House theme for Oxford Companion for Irish Literature, 1996.
  • America's Eye: Irish Painting from the Collection of Brian P. Burns (co-editor).  Catalog for art-exhibition at Boston College (1996), Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin (1996), Mellon Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven (1997).
  • Revised edition of Catalog, Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns for exhibition at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, May, 2000.
  • "Making 'John Bull' See Green."  Review  essay of Declan Kiberd's Inventing Ireland. Culturefront: a Magazine of the Humanities. Fall, 1996.
  • "Re/Dressing Mother Ireland: Feminist Literature in Art and Literature." with Adele Dalsimer.  In Re/dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works from Irish Women Artists. McMullen Museum of Art , Boston College, 1997.
  • "Stepping Out: Reading Rita Duffy's Dancer."  Éire-Ireland. 32:273, 1997. 208-17.
  • The Anglo-Irish Novel and the Big House. Syracuse University Press. 1998.
  • "Losing It: The Anglo-Irish Landlord." in Reclaiming Gender: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Modern Ireland. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.
  • “Hair Pieces: Alice Maher’s Recent Art.” (co-author). Éire-Ireland. 1998-99. 191-97.
  • “The Irish Country House and the Arts,” essay for Encyclopedia of Ireland, Macmillan, 2003
  • “Stepping Out: Reading Rita Duffy’s Dancer" in Back to the Present, Forward to the Past: Irish Writing 1798-1998. Rodopi, 2003.
  • “The Big House, the Pleasure Grounds, and the Mill,” in Eire/Land, ed Vera Kreilkamp, Boston College, 2003.
  • Eire/Land, editor, Boston College, 2003 (catalogue for art exhibition, Eire/Land, Feb.-May 2003 McMullen Museum, Boston College.)
  • “Fiction and Empire: the Irish Novel,” Ireland and Empire, ed. Kevin Kenny, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004.
  • “Introduction,” Two Irish National Tales, ed. James Smith, Boston: New Riverside Editions Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 
  • “The Novel of the Big House,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel,  ed. Foster. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.
  • “Forward,” Molly Keane: Essays in Contemporary Criticism,  ed. Walshe and Young,  Cork UP . 2006.
  • “Notes on Rita Duffy, Éire-Ireland, special issue on gender edited by Nancy Curtin and Marjorie Howes,  spring/ summer, 2006.
  • “Irish Art and History,” chapter in The Palgrave Guide to  Irish Studies, ed. O’Donnell, Palgrave/Macmillan Press forthcoming, 2008. 
  • “Elizabeth Bowen and Big House fiction," Elizabeth Bowen: Visions and Revisions. ed. Walshe, Irish Academic Press, forthcoming 2008.
  • “Somerville and Ross” chapter  in A Blackwell Companion to Irish Literature, ed. Julia Wright, Blackwell,  under commission, forthcoming 2010


  • In Irish Literary Supplement: Molly Keane's Mad Puppetstown  and Two Days in Aragon. Fall, 1986.
  • Julia O' Faolain's No Country for Young Men. Fall, 1987.
  • Molly Keane's Loving and Giving. Spring, 1990.
  • John Hildebidle's Five Irish Writers.  Fall 1991.
  • Hubert Butler's The Sub-Prefect Should Have Held His Tongue and Other Essays. Spring, 1991.
  • Denis Donoghue's Warrenpoint, Fall, 1991.
  • Beth Wallace-Kowaleski's Their Fathers' Daughters, Spring, 1992.
  • Declan Kiberd’s Inventing Ireland, Fall, 1996.
  • Fintan Cullen, Visual Politics, Spring, 1998.
  • Lawrence McBride, Images, Icons and the  Irish Nationalist Imagination, Fall, 2000.
  • Declan Kiberd’s Irish Classics, Fall, 2001.
  • Adrian Frazier’s George Moore, Winter, 2001.
  • Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, Ireland’s Art Ireland’s History Representing Ireland, 1845, Fall 2008.
  • In Lingua Franca: "Breakthrough Books " Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape and Hubert Butler's Independent Spirit,  February, 1998.
  • In Victorian Studies: "Margo Backus’s The Gothic Family Romance, Heterosexuality, Child Sacrifice, and the Anglo-Irish Colonial Order," Summer, 2001.
  • In The Irish Times: “Cultural Icon and Secular Saint” Chris Agee, ed., Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler,  July 5, 2003.
  • “The Views of a Public Intellectual,” Declan Kiberd, “The Irish Writer and the World.” October, 25, 2005.
  • In the Journal of British Studies: Eóin Flannery and Angus Mitchell, Eds. "Enemies of Empire: New perspectives on imperialism and historiography," April, 2008.

Presentations, Lectures, Curatorships, and Readerships

  • "Reinventing a Form: The Big House in Aidan Higgins' Langrishe, Go Down."  Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (ISSAIL), Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 1985.
  • "The Persistent Pattern: Molly Keane's Recent Big House Fiction." Regional Conference of the American Committee for Irish Studies (ACIS), October 1985. 
  • "The Arrogance of Defeat in The Big House of Inver," National Conference of ACIS, Boston, May 1986.
  • "The Catholic Writer and the Big House: John Banville's Birchwood," National Conference of MLA, New York, December 1986.
  • "The Catholic Writer and Anglo-Ireland: John Banville's Newton Letter” ACIS, Dublin, June 1987.
  • "The Colonial Experience and Strategies of Ideological Evasion: Charles Lever's Irish Fiction." Mid-Hudson MLA, November 1988.
  • "The Colonial Heritage: Matriarchal Monsters in the Fiction of Molly Keane and Jennifer Johnston," NEMLA, Wilmington, Delaware, April 1989.
  • "Sentimentalizing History: William Trevor's Fools of Fortune."  National ACIS, Syracuse, April 1989. 
  • "Matriarchal Monsters in Irish Fiction." Conference on "Nationalities and Sexualities." Center of Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University, June 1989.
  • "Wives and Mothers in Post-Colonial Irish Fiction." ISSAIL, Debrecen, Hungary, July 1989.
  • Chair, Panel on "Irish Writers Since 1960." New England Regional Conference, ACIS, October 1989.
  • "The Bad Mother in Post-Colonial Irish Fiction." Regional Conference of ACIS. Holy Cross College, Worcester, November 1990.
  • "Hubert Butler: Provincial Cosmopolitan." ACIS, National   Conference, Galway, July 1992.
  • Organizer and Chair of Panel on Hubert Butler. Annual Conference of ISSAIL Dublin, July 1992.
  • Faculty Discussant for Graduate Student Irish Studies Conference. Harvard / Boston College, March 1993.
  • Lecture October 1993 as part of the Irish Civilization Series, Visualizing Ireland, at Boston College in conjunction with an exhibition of Irish  watercolors and drawings from the National Gallery of Ireland.
  • Reader and Evaluator for the National Endowment of the Humanities of grant proposals on British and Irish literature, November 1993.
  • Organizer and Chair of panel on Famine Literature, Annual Conference, ACIS, Queens University, Belfast, July 1995.
  • Chair, panel on Contemporary Irish Fiction, Annual Conference, ISSAIL, Hofstra University, New York, July 1996.
  • Co-curator of art exhibition: "America's Eye: Irish Painting     from the Collection of Brian P. Burns": at Boston College Museum of Art (1996): Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin (1996); Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven (1997).
  • Chair of Panel, Irish America: A Symposium, Boston College, April 1996.
  • Lecture in Re/Dressing Cathleen Lecture Series, Boston College, October 1997
  • T.V. commentary on Re/Dressing Cathleen, Greater Boston Arts, WGBH  November 19, 1997
  • "Re/Dressing Mother Ireland: Feminist Imagery in Art and Literature" National Convention, IACIS, April 1998, Fort Lauderdale.
  • Chair and organizer of panel: "Romantic Ireland's Dead and  Gone: Feminist Imagery and Contemporary Art and Literature" at the IASIL conference at the University of Limerick, July 1998
  • Panel Discussant: the Future of Irish Studies. October 1998. New England Regional Conference, ACIS, Massasoit College.
  • "Losing It: The Anglo-Irish Landlord at Independence." Oct. 1998. Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, ACIS, Fordham University. 
  • “Hair Pieces: Alice Maher’s Recent Work” at "Celebration Irish Woman's Writers,” sponsored by the Women's Education Research and Resource Centre, University College Dublin, May 1999.
  • Chair, Panel on Contemporary Irish Literature. National Conference of American Committee of Irish Studies, Roanoke Virginia, May 1999. 
  • “Contemporary Irish Painting,” Concordia Irish Lecture Series, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. October  1999. Invited lecture
  • “Tradition and Innovation” in Irish Art.”  Pine Manor  College. Lecture sponsored by Irish American Cultural Institute to launch visual arts issue of Éire Ireland, November  1999.
  • “Turning her Face Away,” Boston College lecture series to accompany exhibition, Irish Art Now. November  1999.
  • Judge, the American Conference of Irish Studies’  Donald Murphy Prize for the Best First Book in any field in Irish Studies published in 1999. 
  • Chair of Panel, “Media, Art. and Cultural Change,” at the academic conference, “Ireland: Politics, Culture, and Identity,” at the  John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D. C., May 2000.
  • Organizer, Discussant, and chair of panel, “The Place of Images in Irish Studies: Dedicated to the Memory of Adele Dalsimer,” IASIL, Bath England, July, 2000.
  • Discussant and faculty chair of panel, Dis/Locating Ireland: Landscape in Visual and Literary Representation. Graduate Irish Studies Conference, October, 2001, BC.
  • Judge and Presenter of prize for best conference paper,  Annual Graduate Irish Studies Conference,  October, 2001.
  • Respondent to Keynote address,  “Dialogues in Nineteenth-Century Ireland” Series, Boston College, October 28, 2002
  • Co-curator art exhibition, Éire/Land, McMullen Gallery, Boston College, Feb. 1-May 19, 2003.  Gallery talks for museum docents, patrons, and visiting groups. Instructor interdisciplinary course on exhibition.
  • “Éire/land: Political, Visual and Literary Perspectives." A Round-table on teaching an Interdisciplinary Irish Studies Course. June 6, 2003,American Conference of Irish Studies, St. Paul.  MN.
  • “Fiction and Empire,” Guest Lecturer, Ireland and Empire, 2004-5 Lecture Series, Boston College Irish Programs, April 2005.
  • “Publishing in Irish Studies,” New England Irish Studies Conference, March 2007
  • Invited to give plenary address at conference on Big
  • House fiction, October,  2008,  Irish Royal Academy, Dublin and lecture at Cork University, Cork

Professional Memberships

  • The American Conference of Irish Studies
  • International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature
  • The Irish American Cultural Institute

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, Hunter College, 1966-1967
  • Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1969-1971
  • Pine Manor College, 1972-present
    Coordinator of B.A. program in English 1982-1995
  • Visiting Senior Professor, English and Irish Studies Boston College, 2000-2001
  • Visiting Lecturer at Boston College 2002-2008


  • Faculty Moderator
  • Faculty / Trustee Conference Committee  (chair for various terms)
  • Long Range Planning
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Speakers and Programs (chair for various terms)
  • Evaluation Committee  
  • Faculty Concerns / Faculty Development Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Faculty Development Committee (currently)

Community Service

  • Trustee of the Commonwealth School,  1987-2006
  • Executive and Nominating Committee member 1988-1989
  • Member of Search Committee for Head, 1989-1990
  • Long Range Planning Committee 1900-1991; 1996-1997
  • Faculty Concerns Committee, 1992-2006 (Chair, 1994-2001)