Dr David Dwan

My work explores the links between literature and its wider intellectual history – particularly moral and political philosophy – in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  I have a particular interest in Irish writing.  My first book – The Great Community – examined the evolution of cultural nationalism in Ireland from Edmund Burke to W. B. Yeats.  I edited (with Christopher Insole) The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke and have published essays on, amongst others, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Martin Heidegger, Wyndham Lewis and Virginia Woolf.  My most recent monograph - Liberty, Equality and Humbug: Orwell's Political Ideals - was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.


Liberty, Equality and Humbug: Orwell’s Political Ideals (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

—‘Romantic Nationalism: History and Illusion in Ireland’, Modern Intellectual History, 14.3 (2017): 717-45 

—‘Young Ireland to Yeats’ in The Princeton History of Modern Ireland, ed. Richard Bourke and Ian McBride (Princeton, 2016), 217-35

—‘The Problem of Romanticism in Wyndham Lewis’, Essays in Criticism, 65.2 (2015): 163-86

—‘Modernism and Rousseau’, Textual Practice, 27.4 (2013): 537-63

—‘Orwell’s Paradox: Equality in Animal Farm’, ELH, 79.3 (2012): 655-83

—ed. (with Chris Insole), The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

—‘Burke and Utility’ in The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 131-44

—‘Edmund Burke and the Emotions’, Journal of the History of Ideas, 72.4 (2011): 571-93

—‘Truth and Freedom in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four’, Philosophy and Literature, 34.2 (2010): 381-93

—‘Yeats’s Thought’ in Visions and Revisions: W. B. Yeats (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010), 109-26

—Woolf, Scepticism and Manners’, Textual Practice, 22.2 (2008): 249-68

—The Great Community: Culture and Nationalism in Ireland (Dublin: Field Day, 2008)

—‘Civic Virtue in the Modern World: The Politics of Young Ireland’, Irish Political Studies, 22.1 (2007): 35-60

—‘Abstract Hatred: Yeats and the Counter-Revolutionary Paradigm’, Literature and History, 15.1 (2006): 18-36

—‘Young Ireland and the Horde of Benthamy’ in Politics and Power in Victorian Ireland, ed. Roger Swift and Christine Kinealy (Dublin: Four Courts, 2006), 109-18  

—‘Culture and Democracy in Ireland’, Irish Review, 32 (2004): 23-38

—‘That Ancient Sect: Yeats, Hegel, and the Possibility of Epic in Ireland’, Irish Studies Review, 12.2 (2004): 201-11

—‘Idle Talk: Ontology and Mass Communications in Heidegger’, New Formations, 51 (2003): 113-27

—‘Yeats, Heidegger and the Problem of Modern Subjectivism’, Paragraph, 25.1 (2002): 74-91


• Undergraduate: Literature in English, 1830-1910; Literature in English, 1900-Present; FHS Paper 5; Paper 6: Literature and Revolution
• Graduate: MSt, 1900-Present (C-Course: ‘Modernism and Philosophy’)



  • Young Ireland to Yeats

  • The Problem of Romanticism in Wyndham Lewis

  • Modernism and Rousseau

  • The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke

  • More
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