Fund for Irish Studies Past Faculty

Clair Wills

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Clair Wills, the incoming Leonard L. Milberg '53 Chair of Irish Letters at Princeton, formerly taught at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Essex. A co-editor of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing and Traditions (2002), she has written five books, including Improprieties: Politics and Sexuality in Northern Irish Poetry (1994), That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland During the Second World War (2007), and Dublin 1916: the Siege of the GPO (2009). She won the International PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History for That Neutral Island. Her most recent study, The Best Are Leaving published by Cambridge University Press, examines the literature and culture of post-war Irish emigration to Britain. Her reviews have appeared in The Irish Times, Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books.

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