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Brad Kent

Professeur titulaire/Professor
Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault, bureau 3458
Téléphone : 418 656-2131, poste 7728
Télécopieur : 418 656-2991


British and Irish Literatures

Automne 2017
ANG-2001 Survey of British Literature
ANG-7150/LIT-7110 Special Subject: The Cultural Politics of Shame/Littérature d'expression anglaise IV

Hiver 2018
ANG-1005 Literary Genres: Theatre
ANG-2030 Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Academic Career

Université Laval

• Professor, 2017-
• Associate Professor, 2012-2017
• Assistant Professor, 2007-2012

Honors and Other Appointments

• C.P. Snow Memorial Fellow, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2017-2018
• Visiting Professor, Trinity College Dublin, 2013-2014
• Hobby Family Foundation Fellow, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2008-2009


I am interested in two broadly defined areas: the intersections of literature and the political sphere; and literature and the history of ideas in their transnational dimensions. My research is currently engaged with the effects of censorship on literature, writers, and society; freedom of expression; and the ethics and responsibilities of public intellectuals.

I have recently signed a contract with Oxford University Press to be general editor of an eight-volume series of Bernard Shaw’s writings. These will appear under the rubric of Oxford World’s Classics in 2021. Shaw was the most influential socialist thinker and best-known playwright and public intellectual of his generation. These volumes will make a case for his importance in cultural and political history and his continued relevance to the contemporary world.

Research Areas

  • National Corpus: British and Irish Literatures
  • Eras: XIX-XXI Centuries, especially the modern period (1880-1960)
  • Genres: Novel, Theatre, Essay
  • Methodologies: Sociology and History of Literature, Historiography, Socio-critique
  • Key Subjects of Interest: Censorship, Nationalism, Modern Theatre, Irish Studies, Modern British Literature; Public Intellectuals, Affect Theory, Editorial Theory

Major Research Grants

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant, 2017-2021
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, Bourse de Nouveaux Chercheurs, 2008-2011

Select Publications since 2010


  • The Selected Essays of Sean O’Faolain. Critical anthology. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016. The manuscript was awarded an $8000 competitive grant from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Science’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. Read Fintan O’Toole’s review in The Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-selected-essays-of-sean-o-faolain-review-he-gave-as-good-as-he-got-1.2959435
  • George Bernard Shaw in Context. Edited volume of original essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Bernard Shaw, Mrs Warren's Profession. Critical edition. London: Methuen Drama, 2012. 

Book Chapters

  •  ‘Outside the Whale: Sean O’Faolain, Totalitarianism, and the European Public Intellectual.’ In Irish Literature in Transition 1940-1980. Ed. Eve Patten. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Solicited contribution.  Forthcoming. 
  •  “Missing Links: Bernard Shaw and the Discussion Play.” In The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, edited by Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. 138-51.
  • “Censorship.” In George Bernard Shaw in Context, edited by Brad Kent. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 199-206.
  • “The Politics of Shaw’s Irish Women in John Bull’s Other Island.” Shaw and Feminisms: On Stage and Off. Ed. Dorothy Hadfield and Jean Reynolds. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2013.

Refereed Articles

  •  ‘Bernard Shaw, Sean O’Faolain, and the Irish Public Intellectual.’ Irish University Review. Accepted for publication. 
  •  “Bernard Shaw, the British Censorship of Plays, and Modern Celebrity.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 57.2 (2014): 231-53.
  • “Eighteenth-Century Literary Precursors of Mrs Warren’s Profession.” University of Toronto Quarterly 81.2 (Spring 2012): 187-207.
  •  “Censorship and Immorality: Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple.” Modern Drama 54.4 (Winter 2011): 511-33.
  • “An Argument Manqué: Kate O’Brien’s Pray for the Wanderer.” Irish Studies Review 18.3 (2010): 285-98. 
  •  “Literary Criticism and the Recovery of Banned Books: The Case of Kate O’Brien’s Mary Lavelle.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 41.2 (April 2010): 47-74.

Bibliographical Essay

  •  “George Bernard Shaw.” Solicited contribution for Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. www.oxfordbibliographies.com.