The Catholic University of America

 Gregory Baker

Assistant Professor of English and Director of Irish Studies

Office: Marist Annex 234
Phone: (202) 319–5488

Education: Ph.D., Brown University, 2013.

Areas of Research: 20th-century Irish and British literature; modernism; reception theory and translation studies; social and political history of classics on the British Isles; literary multilingualism; the poetry and criticism of Geoffrey Hill.


Dr. Gregory Baker is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Irish Studies at Catholic University. He joined the faculty at CUA in 2013. Dr. Baker specializes in twentieth-century Irish and British literature, and is specifically interested in the literary, social and political Nachleben of classical languages and literatures in the twentieth century. 

In a book-in-progress entitled Half-read Wisdom: Classics, Modernism and the Celtic Fringe, Dr. Baker examines the relationship between nationalist ideology, antiquity and the emergence of modernist style in depth. The “half-read” or partial knowledge of classical and Celtic languages had a major impact, he argues, on the formation of political and linguistic nationalisms in early twentieth-century Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The broad reception of classics also exercised a dominant influence over major forms of modernist expression—forms which often arose as part of a complex response to ‘nation-building’ on the British Isles.


In addition to directing the undergraduate program in Irish studies, Dr. Baker teaches a regular rotation of courses in twentieth-century Irish and British literature.  In semesters past, he has taught classes on the history of the novel, on the work of Geoffrey Hill and of Seamus Heaney, on English war poetry and on the major writing of W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and James Joyce.

Recent Work

“‘Straight Talk, Straight as the Greek!’: Ireland’s Oedipus and the Modernism of W. B. Yeats.” The Classics in Modernist Translation. Miranda Hickman and Lynn Kozak, eds. (Under review with Bloomsbury Academic).

 “Classical Reception in English Literature, After 1880: A Bibliography.” The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 5 (1880–2000). Kenneth Haynes, ed. (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

“Introduction” [contributing researcher, with Kenneth Haynes as principal author]. The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 5 (1880–2000) 
(forthcoming with Oxford University Press) .

"'Attic Salt into an Undiluted Scots': Aristophanes and the Modernism of Douglas Young." Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes. Philip Walsh, ed. (Leiden, 2016) 307-30.

"An edition of Jones’s address to the University of Wales, on receiving the honorary degree of Litterarum Doctor, 15 July 1960." David Jones, Culture and ArtificeKathleen Henderson Staudt, ed. Flashpoint 18 (Summer 2016).

Half-read Wisdom: Classics, Modernism and the Celtic Fringe, book manuscript in progress.

“Tradition to Reception: Classics and the Long Twentieth Century” (in preparation).

“‘Aeschylus is Static, Hitler is Dynamic:’ MacNeice's Agamemnon and the Coming ‘Emergency’” (
in preparation).