Seamus Deane, Professor of English and the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies Emeritus, has died at age 81.
Deane was one of Ireland’s foremost writers and critics, best-known for his award-winning autobiographical novel Reading in the Dark and the landmark Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.
He came to Notre Dame in 1993. When long-time benefactors to Notre Dame Donald and Marilyn Keough gave a generous endowment to the University to establish an Irish Studies program, they also endowed a chair—initially held by Professor Deane—who came from Ireland to Notre Dame to join English faculty member Christopher Fox. This was the beginning of Notre Dame's program in Irish studies.
Tributes to Deane have been published in today's Irish Times.
Originally published by irishstudies.nd.edu on May 13, 2021.at