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Brad Kent

Professeur titulaire

Département de littérature, théâtre et cinéma

418 656-2131, poste 407728


Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault Local 3458

I am interested in two broadly defined areas: the intersections of literature and the political sphere; and literature and the history of ideas in their transnational dimensions. My research is currently engaged with the effects of censorship on literature, writers, and society; freedom of expression; and the ethics and responsibilities of public intellectuals.

I have recently signed a contract with Oxford University Press to be general editor of an eight-volume series of Bernard Shaw’s writings. These will appear under the rubric of Oxford World’s Classics in 2021. Shaw was the most influential socialist thinker and best-known playwright and public intellectual of his generation. These volumes will make a case for his importance in cultural and political history and his continued relevance to the contemporary world.


  • British and Irish Literatures



The Selected Essays of Sean O’Faolain. Critical anthology. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016. The manuscript was awarded an $8000 competitive grant from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Science’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. Read Fintan O’Toole’s review in The Irish Times.

George Bernard Shaw in Context. Edited volume of original essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Bernard Shaw, Mrs Warren's Profession. Critical edition. London: Methuen Drama, 2012.

Book Chapters

"Outside the Whale: Sean O’Faolain, Totalitarianism, and the European Public Intellectual." In Irish Literature in Transition 1940-1980. Ed. Eve Patten. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Solicited contribution. Forthcoming. 

"Missing Links: Bernard Shaw and the Discussion Play." In The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, edited by Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, p. 138-151.

"Censorship." In George Bernard Shaw in Context, edited by Brad Kent. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, p. 199-206.

"The Politics of Shaw’s Irish Women in John Bull’s Other Island." Shaw and Feminisms: On Stage and Off. Ed. Dorothy Hadfield and Jean Reynolds. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2013.

Refereed Articles

"Bernard Shaw, Sean O’Faolain, and the Irish Public Intellectual." Irish University Review. Accepted for publication. 

"Bernard Shaw, the British Censorship of Plays, and Modern Celebrity." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 57.2 (2014): p. 231-253.

"Eighteenth-Century Literary Precursors of Mrs Warren’s Profession." University of Toronto Quarterly, 81.2 (Spring 2012): 187-207.

"Censorship and Immorality: Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple." Modern Drama, 54.4 (Winter 2011): p. 511-533.

"An Argument Manqué: Kate O’Brien’s Pray for the Wanderer." Irish Studies Review, 18.3 (2010): p. 285-298. 

"Literary Criticism and the Recovery of Banned Books: The Case of Kate O’Brien’s Mary Lavelle." ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 41.2 (April 2010): p. 47-74.

Bibliographical Essay

"George Bernard Shaw." Solicited contribution for Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.


Université Laval

  • Professor, 2017-
  • Associate Professor, 2012-2017
  • Assistant Professor, 2007-2012

Honneurs et nominations

  • C.P. Snow Memorial Fellow, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2017-2018
  • Visiting Professor, Trinity College Dublin, 2013-2014
  • Hobby Family Foundation Fellow, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2008-2009

Bourses de recherche

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant, 2017-2021
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, Bourse de nouveaux chercheurs, 2008-2011

Intérêts de recherche

  • National Corpus: British and Irish Literatures
  • Eras: XIX-XXI Centuries, especially the modern period: 1880-1960
  • Genres: Novel, Theatre, Essay
  • Methodologies: Sociology and History of Literature, Historiography, Socio-critique
  • Key Subjects of Interest: Censorship, Nationalism, Modern Theatre, Irish Studies, Modern British Literature; Public Intellectuals, Affect Theory, Editorial Theory
  • English Literature