Professor Michael Parker

Michael works primarily as a freelance writer and tutor. He has specialist interests in Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature, Twentieth Century Poetry, Postcolonial Literatures and Polish Literature in Translation, and their historical contexts.

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Book cover for Miłosz: A Biography

Miłosz: A Biography

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Lectures and Affiliations

Michael Parker regularly contributes to academic and non-academic events in the UK and worldwide, delivering lectures, presentations and conference papers. He is currently employed as a Tutor by Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and in July 2016 was appointed Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University.

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Extract from Michael Parker’s contribution to a British Academy Public Event in December 2012, examining Czeslaw Milosz’s influence on Heaney from the early 1980s onwards. Filmed by Jude Parker.

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Seamus Heaney and the Classics: Political Contexts for The Burial at Thebes

I am very pleased to have an essay included in a new essay collection, Seamus Heaney and the Classics, edited by Stephen Harrison, Fiona McIntosh and Helen Eastman for Oxford University Press, due out on 1 September of this year. ‘Speaking Truth to Power: Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes and the Poetry of Redress’  … Continued

A Holding Field: Seamus Heaney and Translation

From early in his career, Seamus Heaney recognised the importance of translation might play in extending the reach of his literary project. His work in this field reflected a deep respect for poets and playwrights from near and distant cultures, and a grasp of the value that they might hold in illuminating affinities and differences … Continued

Seamus Heaney Home Place, 28 April 2018

‘Seamus Heaney and the Polish Connection’  focused on the role Polish poetry played in Heaney’s artistic growth, enabling him to extend the historical range and ethical depth of his work. Heaney’s initial interest in Eastern European poetry was stirred soon after Death of a Naturalist appeared, and can be partly attributed to his friendship with … Continued

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