Emeritus Prof John Foster

BA, MA (QUB), PhD (University of Oregon), RSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada)
Honorary Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 1511
E-Mail: j.foster@qub.ac.uk

John Wilson Foster is a graduate of Queen's University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of Oregon (Ph.D). He is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia where he taught until early retirement in 2002.  In 2001 he was the National University of Ireland Visiting Professor (NUI Maynooth).  He was Leverhulme Visiting Professor to the U.K. in 2004-05, Armstrong Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (2005), and Arts Faculty Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway (2006).  In 2008 he moved from Vancouver back to Northern Ireland. 

Research Interests

His current interests include contemporary evolutionism and religion; multiculturalism; and the lives and works of Constance Malleson (Lady Constance Annesley) and (Lady) Mabel Annesley. 

Select Publications

  • Forces and Themes in Ulster Fiction (1974)
  • Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival (1987)
  • Colonial Consequences: Essays in Irish Literature and Culture (1991)
  • The Achievement of Seamus Heaney (1995)
  • Nature in Ireland: A Scientific and Cultural History (sen. ed., 1997)
  • Titanic (1999)
  • Recoveries: Neglected Episodes in Irish Cultural History 1860-1912 (2002)
  • Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel (ed. 2006)
  • Irish Novels 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction (2008)
  • Between Shadows: Modern Irish Writing and Culture (2009)
  • Pilgrims in the Air (2014)