Michael O'Dwyer

Michael O'Dwyer is a graduate of St Patrick's College, Maynooth, of The Université de Toulouse- Le Mirail, where he completed a Maîtrise, and of The Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), where he obtained his Doctorate. His principal research interests are the Christian novel in France and the works of Julien Green. He was secretary of the Faculty of Arts, Maynooth, 1992-1994, and Dean of Arts, Maynooth, 1995-1998. He was Head of the Department of French, Maynooth, 1996-1997 and 2002-2003, and was Subject Leader in the Department 2006-2010. He was Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy's National Committee for Modern Language Studies, 1992-1996. He was Vice-President of the Société Internationale d'Etudes Greeniennes (S.I.E.G.) from 1995 to 2007. He is a consultative committee member of the Association Internationale des Amis de François Mauriac. He has also been a member of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture which assesses applications for funding in the framework of co-operation programmes in Higher Education between the E.U. and U.S.A. and between the E.U. and Canada. He has presented research papers to conferences at several international universities including the University of Wales, Swansea, the Sorbonne, Louvain-la-Neuve, Ljubljana and Athens, Georgia. He is author of Julien Green: A Critical Study (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1997) and co-editor of Athlone Besieged - Eyewitness and other contemporary accounts of the sieges of Athlone, 1690 and 1691 (Temple Printing and Old Athlone Society, 1991). He is co-author with Michèle Raclot of Le Journal de Julien Green: miroir d’une âme, miroir d’un siècle (Lang, 2005). He is sole editor of Julien Green, Diariste et Essayiste (Lang, 2007). He has had some ninety articles and reviews published in literary journals on Green, Mauriac, Bernanos, Huysmans, Pascal and Sulivan in Ireland, the U.K., France, Belgium and the U.SA. In 2009 he was conferred with the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Prime Minister for his services to French Literary Studies. Dr O’Dwyer retired from his post as Senior Lecturer in French, National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2010 and is continuing his research activities.