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From 1984 to 2013 I was Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in Indiana, Pennsylvania, fifty-five miles northeast of Pittsburgh, teaching courses in IUP's English Department and its Graduate Program in Literature, which I directed during 1987-91. I continued directing, into my retirement, 13 dissertations, and while at IUP I directed 34 other dissertations and much other student writing that was published. During my 29 years at IUP, I did a lot of outside consulting and university service. I was Program Chair of the 35th annual national Appalachian Studies Association conference at IUP in March 2012. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati in my hometown, my M.A. at University College, Dublin, and my B.A. at New College in Florida. Before coming to IUP I taught for seven years at three other universities: the University of Cincinnati, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Northeastern University. You can e-mail me at CahalanIUP@gmail.com, view my full vita, and sample a few of my publications by clicking on these numbers: on Edward Abbey, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; on pedagogy, 1, 2, and 3; and on Irish literature, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. My final academic publications were on pedagogy, including my article “'Teaching Classroom Videorecording Analysis to Graduate Students: Strategies for Observation and Improvement” (2013) in College Teaching. "Teaching Hometown Literature: a Pedagogy of Place" appeared in College English in January 2008. I co-edited the book Practicing Theory in Introductory College Literature Courses.
I am the author of the biography Edward Abbey: A Life, which can be ordered online at discount in paperback This book, which won the 2002 Thomas J. Lyon Award from the Western Literature Association, was excerpted in the New York Times Book Review. A Korean translation of this book was published in 2006. I've presented on Abbey more than 30 times, in 10 different states, such as in Arizona in 2008. The most distinguished literary native son of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Abbey was the author of numerous essays and novels, and the inspiration for the environmentalist movement called Earth First! and the elaborate and very useful Abbey's Web hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, where you can read my Earth First! article about Abbey since 9/11. You can also read and look at all the pictures and maps in my article about the Appalachian Abbey. I sponsored the Abbey state historical marker, dedicated in 1996 by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, beside the village sign at Home, Pennsylvania, ten miles north of Indiana, near where Abbey grew up. You can see a gallery of photos from the February 2002 IUP library display on Abbey, and also a photo of Ed and me in Flagstaff, and a drawing of me in Jim Stiles's Abbey-inspired, wonderful Canyon Country Zephyr. I've visited many U. S. national parks, I taught a course on that subject, and I published an article about Abbey in National Parks magazine.
Most of my many other publications since 1976, including five of my seven books, are about Irish authors, particularly fiction writers beyond James Joyce. My article "Mercier’s Irish Comic Tradition as a Touchstone of Irish Studies" appeared in 2004; an earlier one was about the reader in Finnegans Wake. My last of five books in the field was Double Visions: Women and Men in Modern and Contemporary Irish Fiction (1999). I spent four months in Ireland in 1973 and have been in love with the country ever since then, returning more than a dozen times for visits ranging in length from two weeks to a year-and-a-half. I taught courses on Irish literature and the Irish language beginning in 1978, and I directed an Irish studies undergraduate degree program in the early 1980s and a summer-study abroad program in Dublin in the late 1980s. I was a long-time member of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) and the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL). In summer 2006 I attended the IASIL Conference in Sydney and took a lot of photos of Australia and New Zealand. In 2009 I traveled to Argentina, where I took some more photos. During 1996-99 I lectured in many places on the Great Irish Famine or Hunger of more than150 years ago. A lot of my work was concerned with Irish history, folklore, language, and gender issues. I am a big fan of traditional Irish and other Celtic music.
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A Quaker concerned about peace, social justice, and environmental issues, I enjoy tennis, biking, and goldendoodles. _
Last Updated: June 1, 2013