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Born in Ireland, now a Southern lit fan, UAB English prof Kieran Quinlan wins $5,000 Ireland Prize


By Jesse Chambers

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- UAB English professor Kieran Quinlan -- born and raised in Ireland but now a noted scholar of Southern literature -- has won the 2014 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction.
The Ireland Prize comes with $5,000 and an engraved Steuben crystal award, according to a news release on Friday from UAB spokeswoman Marie Sutton.
It is given annually to a full-time UAB faculty member.
Quinlan specializes is in 20th century American and Irish literature with emphasis on writers from the South.
He has written three books, including studies of Birmingham-born novelist Walker Percy and John Crowe Ransom.
His book, "Strange Kin: Ireland and the American South," won the Landry Award for the best book in Southern studies from LSU Press.
He has published numerous articles, including "Kirwan Street, In Memory," named a notable essay in "The Best American Essays 2013," in which Quinlan writes about growing up near a convent and an asylum in Dublin, Ireland.
Quinlan has bachelor's degrees in philosophy and psychology at Oxford University and a Ph.D. in literature at Vanderbilt.
He is working on a book about the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
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