Dr. Jody AllenRandolph

Jody AllenRandolph

Assistant Professor of English

Jody Allen Randolph came to Westmont in 2003. Previously she lectured in the graduate program in the School of English, Drama & Film at University College Dublin, and served as Assistant Dean of the British Studies at Oxford Programme at St. John’s College, Oxford. During her graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara she held research fellowships from the Andrew Mellon/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and University of California Regents. Jody’s research and teaching specialties lie in 20th century and contemporary poetry, Irish literature and culture, and Anglophone literatures. She is currently Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender, Culture and Identities at the Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999
  • Graduate Studies in Anglo-Irish Literature, University College Dublin
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Birmingham-Southern College


  • The Poem in the City. Co-edited with Paula Meehan. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2014.
  • Eavan Boland. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2013;
    Cork: Cork University Press, 2013.
  • Close to the Next Moment. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2010.
  • Eavan Boland: A Critical Companion. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008.
    San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year
  • Eavan Boland: A Sourcebook. Manchester: Carcanet, 2007.
    Poetry Book Society Special Commendation
    London Independent Best Books of 2007

Guest Editor

  • Co-editor with Michael Schmidt, Special Issue, PN Review (September/October 2014).
  • Editor, Special Issue on Paula Meehan, An Sionnach 5.1 and 5.2 (Spring and Fall 2009).
  • Co-editor with Douglas Archibald, Special Issue on Michael Longley, Colby Quarterly Review 39.3 (September 2003).
  • Editor, Special Issue on Eavan Boland, Colby Quarterly Review (December 1999).
  • Co-editor with Brian Donnelly, Special Issue on Derek Mahon, Irish University Review 24.1 (Spring /Summer 1994).
  • Co-editor with Anthony Roche, Special Issue on Eavan Boland, Irish University Review 23.1 (Spring/Summer 1993).

Selected Publications

  • “’Our Origins are in the Sea’: The Atlantic Imagination of W. B. Yeats and Eavan Boland.” In Literatures and Cultures of the Irish Sea, ed. John Brannigan. University College Dublin, Scholarcast Series. Summer 2013.
  • “The Problems with Paradigms: From the Postcolonial to the Planetary in Irish, South African and Caribbean Poetry.” In Poetic Ecologies: Nature as Text, Text as Nature in English Language Verse, ed. Franca Bellarsi. Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2013.
  • “The Shadow Side of Modern Ireland: Marina Carr’s Midlands Tragedies,” World Literature Today, July 2012.
  • “Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets.” PN Review 196 [37.2] (November-December 2010).
  • “Engagements with the American Lyric: The Poetry of Paula Meehan.” PN Review 193 [36.5] (May-June 2010).
  • “Painting Rain: Paula Meehan in Conversation with Jody Allen Randolph.” PN Review 190 [36.2] (November-December 2009).
  • “The Body Politic: A Conversation with Paula Meehan.”An Sionnach 5.1 and 5.2 (Spring and Fall 2009).
  • “Text and Context: Paula Meehan.” An Sionnach 5.1 and 5.2 (Spring and Fall 2009).
  • “Paula Meehan: A Bibliography.” An Sionnach 5.1 and 5.2 (Spring and Fall 2009).
  • “’What Great Art Removes’: Domestic Violence and New Collected Poems by Eavan Boland.” Women’s Review of Books (March/April 2009).
  • “New Ireland Poetics: The Ecocritical Turn in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry.” Nordic Irish Studies 8.1 (Spring 2009)
  • “Eavan Boland a Postcolonial Reading.” Irish University Review38.2 (Autumn/Winter 2008).
  • “The Wandering Voice: Jody Allen Randolph on Michael Longley.” PN Review 163 [31.5] (May/June 2005).
  • “Michael Longley in Conversation with Jody AllenRandolph.” PN Review 160 [31.2] (November/December 2004).
  • “Still Traveling to Ithaca.” Poetry Ireland Review 79 (May 2004).
  • “The Corner of the Canvas.” Poetry Ireland Review 79 (May 2004).
  • “Interview with Michael Longley.” Colby Quarterly Review 39.3 (September 2003).
  • “Patrick Kavangah,” “Thomas Kinsella,” “Louis MacNeice.” In Everything Irish, ed. Lelia Ruckenstein and James O’Malley. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003.
  • “Eavan Boland.” In The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture, ed. Bill McCormack. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2001.
  • “Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry.” Women’s Review of Books 17.8 (May 2000).
  • “A Backward Look.” PN Review 133 [26.5] (May/June 2000).
  • “Mary O’Malley” and “Eavan Boland” Encyclopedia of Ireland. Ed. Ciaran Brady. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • “Interview with Eavan Boland.” Colby Quarterly Review 35.4 (December 1999).
  • “Eavan Boland.” In Contemporary Literary Criticism 113. Detroit: Gale, 1998 [reprint of three earlier essays on Eavan Boland].
  • “Jack Gilbert.” Readings and Conversations Series. VHS. Running time 60 minutes. Los Angeles: Lannan Foundation, 1997.
  • “Writing in a Time of Violence.” The Irish Times, 1 January 1996.
  • “The New Critics: The Analytical Prose of Adrienne Rich and Eavan Boland.” PN Review 106 [22.2] (November/December 1995).
  • “Remembering Life before Thatcher: Selected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy.” The Women’s Review of Books 12.8 (May 1995).
  • “Derek Mahon: A Comprehensive Bibliography.” Irish University Review 24.1 (Spring/Summer 1994).
  • “Finding a Voice Where She Found a Vision.” PN Review 99 [21.1] September/October 1993.
  • “Reorientations: New Irish Poetry: Mary O’Donnell, Mary O’Malley, Conor O’Callahan.” PN Review 98 [20.6] (July/August 1994).
  • “In Conversation with Eavan Boland.” PN Review 20.1 (September/October 1993).
  • “ Private Worlds, Public Realities: Eavan Boland’s Poetry 1967-1990.” Irish University Review 23.1 (Spring/Summer 1993).
  • “Interview with Eavan Boland.” Irish University Review 23.1 (Spring/Summer 1993).
  • “Eavan Boland Checklist: A Selected Bibliography.” Irish University Review 23.1 (Spring/Summer 1993).
  • “A Poet for the Post-Robinson Era.” Irish Literary Supplement (Fall 1992).
  • “A Passion for the Ordinary: Eavan Boland’s Poetry 1980-1990.” Women’s Review of Books 9.7 (April 1992).
  • “Ecriture Feminine and the Authorship of Self.” Colby Quarterly Review 27 (March 1991).

At Westmont she teaches:

  • Twentieth Century Poetry
  • Anglophone Poetry
  • Irish Literature and Culture
  • British and Irish Film
  • Metropolitan Anglophone Literature
  • Twentieth Century Irish Poetry
  • Black Atlantic Women Writers
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Advanced Composition
  • Creative Writing