Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Kelly is a professor of literature and the director of Irish and Irish American Studies at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. His latest book, "Marooned," reinterprets the Jamestown colony, shifting much of the credit for American democracy away from Plymouth Plantation and onto the rag-tag castaway employees of the Virginia Company. In 2013, he published "America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Towards Civil War," which details the evolving ideology of slavery in America. His first book was a study of the Irish novelist James Joyce, censorship, obscenity, and the Cold War ("Our Joyce: From Outcast to Icon"). He also edits the popular series, The Seagull Books of Poems, Stories, Plays, and Essays for the publisher W. W. Norton. Right now he’s at work on a book about free speech, fascism, and the invention of liberal democracy.


Biden is running against a second ‘Lost Cause’ myth

By: - February 6, 2024

This commentary has been republished from The Conversation. In the blur of breaking news, one of President Joe Biden’s first speeches of the 2024 campaign was given in South Carolina and has already been mostly forgotten in the ongoing coverage of the state’s democratic primary on Feb. 3, 2024. We should pay it more attention. […]