Seminar #5: Alexander Jones and Alicia Byrne Keane

MT Seminar 5_15th Nov

Join us on Thursday 15th November at 5pm in the Salmon Lecture Theatre (Hamilton Building) for an evening of exciting new scholarship. We will be joined by two of the School’s PhD researchers, Alexander Jones and Alicia Byrne Keane.

Alexander Jones is a third year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Tom Walker, and is supported by TCD’s Ussher Fellowship. His thesis explores the role of psychoanalytic theory in the poetry and aesthetic thought of Louis MacNeice. He has reviewed for Irish Studies Review and was the editor-in-chief of the seventeenth volume of Trinity Postgraduate Review. He will be presenting on “Fire and Faith in the Wartime Poetry of Louis MacNeice and T.S Eliot”. 

Alicia Byrne Keane is a second year PhD student at Trinity College Dublin. She completed her undergraduate degree at TCD in English Literature and French. She went on to a Masters at Oxford University, where she wrote on the invention of Ireland in the fiction of Kevin Barry. She is currently working on the first chapter of a thesis on ‘vague’ writing and translated literature, with relation to the works of Samuel Beckett and Haruki Murakami. She will be presenting on “Rethinking the ‘Cult of Home’: Jane Austen, Samuel Beckett and Vagueness”. Her research is supported by an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship. 

We are also preparing our CFP for the Hilary Term programme which will be released soon, so get your thinking caps on!



Seminar #4 | Dr Amy Prendergast

MT Seminar 4_1st Nov

We are delighted to be joined by Dr Amy Prendergast on Thursday November 1st at 5pm in the Salmon Lecture Theatre for her talk, “Elizabeth Griffith’s Collection of Novels: Translation, Transmission and Cultural Transfer in the Eighteenth Century”.

Dr Prendergast is Teaching Fellow in Eighteenth-Century Writing in the School of English. She is the author of Literary Salons Across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2015), as well as of peer-reviewed articles and chapters on Maria Edgeworth; the salon hostess Lady Moira;  the intersections between Irish and French sentimental novels; and on correspondence by Enlightenment Ireland’s female writers. She is currently working on her second monograph, which looks at life writing in eighteenth-century Ireland.

The seminar will be chaired by Professor Aileen Douglas, Head of the School of English.

Seminar #3 | Adrian Howlett and Kabir Chattopadhyay

MT Seminar 3_18th Oct

Bringing us to the half-way point of our Michaelmas Term series, we have two School of English PhD candidates sharing their research with us this evening.

Adrian Howlett, a second year student, will be presenting on “Schemes of Wider Scope: The Economic Logic of James Joyce and B.S Johnson”. Adrian’s research interests include modernism and postmodernism, continental philosophy, and the relationship between economics and literature. His thesis focuses on James Joyce’s Ulysses and the work of Don DeLillo with a particular emphasis on the ways in which economic, political and cultural change are addressed by Joyce and DeLillo, and the intersection between these ideas and urban space.

Our second speaker for this evening, Kabir Chattopadhyay, who is in his fourth year of research, will present a paper entitled, “The Lonely Bhoot: Economic Anxiety, Transformation, and Colonial Rule in the 19th Century Bengali Ghost Story for Children”. He is currently researching the role of magical objects in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and their representation of certain ethical and social concepts to child readers in the contemporary, neoliberal context. His research interests also include Bengali children’s literature from the 19th and 20th centuries, specifically the impact of British colonial rule on Bengali social identity.  Kabir is the current recipient of the Pyle Postgraduate Bursary, a fellowship for late stage PhD students.”

Join us tonight, Thursday 18th October, at 5pm in the Salmon Lecture theatre (Hamilton Building), for what will surely be an evening of exciting new scholarship.

Dr Jarlath Killeen | “Meeting Red Riding Hood Again…With Harry Clarke”

MT Seminar 2_4th Oct

For our second seminar of Michaelmas Term, we are delighted to have Dr Jarlath Killeen present his talk, “Meeting Red Riding Hood Again…With Harry Clarke”. Dr Killeen is a lecturer in Victorian literature, with a special interest in Gothic literature and Children’s literature. The seminar will take place on Thursday 4th October at 5pm in the Salmon Lecture Theatre (Hamilton Building). Dr Jane Carroll, also of the School of English, will chair the event.

Following the seminar, we invite you to join us for the joint launch of two exciting new works from School of English PhD alumni, Dr Conor Reid (The Science and Fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs) and Dr Ailise Bulfin (Gothic Invasions: Imperialism, War and Fin-de-Siecle Popular Fiction). This will take place in the Oscar Wilde Centre, also accessed from within the Hamilton Building, at 6pm.

Hope you can join us for two fantastic events!


Many thanks to everyone who came last night to see Professor Nicholas Grene’s seminar. It was wonderful to see so many of you there and to meet many of you at the wine reception. We are very grateful to Professor Grene for launching this term’s series with a fascinating paper, to Dr Tom Walker for chairing the event, and to everyone who helped make the evening a success.

Professor Nicholas Grene speaking about farm life in the work of John McGahern (photo credit: Moonyoung Hong)

We hope to see you again in Week 4, on Thursday 4th October at 5pm, for Dr Jarlath Killeen’s paper, “Meeting Red Riding Hood Again…With Harry Clarke”. It will take place in the Salmon lecture theatre (Hamilton Building) and Dr Jane Suzanne Carroll will chair the seminar.

Following the seminar there will the joint launch of books by Dr Conor Reid and Dr Ailise Bulfin in the Oscar Wilde Centre at 6.15pm. Dr Reid and Dr Bulfin are former PhD students from the School. All are welcome to celebrate the publication of Dr Reid’s The Science and Fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Dr Bulfin’s Gothic Invasions: Imperialism, War and Fin-de-Siecle Popular Fiction. Join us for an evening of exciting new scholarship!



First Seminar of Michaelmas Term: Professor Nicholas Grene, “John McGahern and the Alternative Life of the Farm”

MT Seminar 1_20th Sept

We are honoured and delighted to begin this year’s series with Professor Nicholas Grene, who will be speaking tomorrow,  Thursday 20th September, on “John McGahern and the Alternative Life of the Farm”. The seminar will take place at 5pm in the Salmon Lecture Theatre, Hamilton Building (click link for map).

Professor Grene is Professor Emeritus in the School of English. He is a Senior Fellow of the College, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Professor Grene’s main research interests are in drama, primarily on Shakespeare and modern Irish theatre, but he has also worked on Irish poetry and on Indian literature in English. He is the author of a number of books including Synge: a Critical Study of the Plays (1975), Shakespeare, Jonson, Molière: the Comic Contract (1980), Bernard Shaw: a Critical View, Shakespeare’s Tragic Imagination (1992), The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008), R.K. Narayan (2011), Home on the Stage: Domestic Spaces in Modern Drama (2014), and most recently The Theatre of Tom Murphy (2017).

He has also edited and co-edited several works, the most recent one being The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016), edited with Chris Morash. He has taught widely across a range of literature and drama in English and continues to be a big presence in the School.

Dr Tom Walker, Ussher Assistant Professor in Irish Writing, from the School of English, will chair the event and there will be time for Q & A after Prof Grene’s presentation. A wine reception will follow in the TCD Oscar Wilde Centre (also accessed through the Hamilton Building), where we can continue the discussion further!





Michaelmas Term 2018 Programme

Our Michaelmas Term 2018 programme is finally here! There’s an array of talks from guests, staff members, and students on a wide range of subjects and writers. We hope you’ll be able to join us every second Thursday during term, at 5pm in the Salmon Lecture Theatre, which is in the Hamilton Building on campus.

Getting us off to a great start on September 20th is Professor Nicholas Grene, who will be talking about “John McGahern and the Alternative Life of the Farm”. There will be a wine reception to follow so if you are a new to the School or want to catch up with familiar faces after the summer, come along for a wonderful evening of exciting new research.

MT programme 2018