Hilary Term Seminar 2 | Siobhán Callaghan and William Brady

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Many thanks to everyone who joined us, despite the wintry weather, for the first seminar of Hilary Term last Thursday. We are very grateful to Professor Andrew Murphy for taking the time to share his research with us and Dr Ema Vyroubalová for chairing the discussion.

Next week, on Thursday 14th February, we will have PhD researchers Siobhán Callaghan and William Brady delivering two fascinating papers.

Siobhán is researching the displaced child in historical fiction for children, primarily that of the Second World War. Her work is currently concerned with emerging titles and the possibility of theorising a genre of displacement fiction in literature for children. She is an Irish Research Council Scholar and is a reviewer for Children’s Books Ireland and RTÉ Arena. Her paper is entitled: “‘I’m an imagination person’: The Lying Child in Morris Gleitzman’s Once Series”.

William has recently submitted his PhD thesis, entitled: ‘Some Safe Way of Dying’: A Literary Study of Suicide in 1940s Britain, and is currently preparing for his Viva Voce defence. His thesis, which was supervised by Professor Eve Patten and funded by the Irish Research Council, investigates the ways in which suicide functions within the literature of World War II and its immediate aftermath as a medium through which an array of social, personal and existential concerns are raised. His paper is entitled: “Mortal Fraternities: Self-Annihilating Airmen in the Literature of World War II”.

The seminar will take place at 5pm in 3.19 Áras an Phiarsaigh and all are welcome.


Hilary Term Seminar 1 | Professor Andrew Murphy

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We are delighted to have Professor Andrew Murphy as our first speaker this term. On Thursday 31st January at 5pm, he will be giving a talk entitled, “Shakespeare Among the Stationers: The Early Editions in Context”.

Professor Murphy is the recently appointed 1867 Professor of English at the School. Before joining us here in Trinity, he spent twenty years at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. However, he is no stranger to the college as he graduated from Trinity with a TSM in English and Psychology before pursuing his graduate studies in Brandeis University.  His most recent book is Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism, 1790-1930: Bringing the Nation to Book (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and he is currently working on producing a revised and updated edition of Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing, first published by Cambridge University Press in 2003.

The talk will take place in 3.19 Áras an Phiarsaigh and will be chaired by Dr Ema Vyroubalová. There will be a wine reception following the talk in the Oscar Wilde Centre. All are welcome.

Hilary Term 2019 Programme

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Happy 2019! We are delighted to reveal our full programme for Hilary Term. We have an exciting line-up of seminars this term, running the whole English Literature gamut, from Spenser to Joyce, Children’s Literature to Theatre Studies.

Beginning in Week 2, on Thursday 31st 2019, our first seminar takes place at 5pm with a paper from Professor Andrew Murphy, 1867 Professor of English at TCD, who joined the School this academic year from St. Andrew’s University. His paper is entitled, “Shakespeare Among the Stationers: The Early Editions in Context”. The seminar will be followed by a wine reception in the Oscar Wilde Centre.

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Seminars will take place this term in a new venue, 3.19 Áras an Phiarsaigh. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of visiting the building before, it is accessed from within campus (not from Pearse Street) and is tucked away to the left of the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Here’s a map to help you find us. Once you are in the building, take a right and go through a set of double doors where you will be met by stairs and lifts which will take you to the third floor. There will be signs directing you to Room 3.19.

We look forward to seeing many of you, familiar and new, at next Thursday’s seminar and hopefully throughout the term!


A Michaelmas Term Thank You!

We were delighted to have Dr Ramona Wray (QUB) as our final guest speaker for Michaelmas Term yesterday evening, Thursday November 29th. Her paper on film adaptions of  Henry V after the ‘War on Terror’ was illuminating.

Dr Ramona Wray (QUB) (photo credit: Moonyoung Hong)

We would like to extend our thanks to Dr Wray, as well as to the other wonderful speakers and chairs who offered their time and research this term. We would also like to thank staff members, postgraduate students, alumni, and members of the public who attended the seminars and took part in fruitful discussions. Your involvement and enthusiasm is vital for the series and we hope you enjoyed this term’s programme as much as we enjoyed organising it.

With that in mind, don’t forget that we are still accepting 200-word abstracts from School of English staff members and postgraduates until 19th December 2018 for our Hilary term programme!

We hope everyone has a lovely Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Seminar #6| Dr Ramona Wray, QUB

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For our final seminar of Michaelmas Term, we are delighted to be joined by Dr Ramona Wray from Queen’s University Belfast. She will present her paper, entitledHenry V after the War of Terror”, on Thursday 29th November at 5pm in the Salmon lecture theatre.

Dr Wray is a Reader in Renaissance Literature in the School of Arts, English and Languages at QUB. Her research interests include Shakespeare, early modern drama, women’s writing, adaptation, film and memory studies.

She is the editor of the Arden Early Modern Drama edition of Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam, the author of Women Writers in the Seventeenth Century and the co-author of Great Shakespeareans: Welles, Kurosawa, Kozintsev, Zeffirelli.  Her articles on Shakespeare appropriation and early modern women’s writing have appeared in Early Theatre, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Quarterly and Women’s Writing. Dr Wray has recently completed an AHRC funded project on ‘Memory and Community in Early Modern Britain’, the findings of which have just been published in a special issue of Memory Studies.

Dr Wray’s talk will be chaired by Dr Mark Sweetnam (TCD School of English). There will be a wine reception to follow in the Oscar Wilde Centre. 

Hope you can all join us for what will certainly be a wonderful seminar and a great end to our Michaelmas Term programme!

Don’t forget that we are currently accepting abstracts for our Hilary Term programme. More information on our CFP can be found here: https://staffpostgraduate18.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/call-for-papers-hilary-term-2019/



Call for Papers: Hilary Term 2019

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We are delighted to announce that our Call for Papers for Hilary Term 2019 is now live!

Although we are not quite finished with our Michaelmas Term programming (more on that to come!) we are excited to begin organisation for our New Year programme. With great guest speakers already lined up, we are currently seeking to showcase excellent research from the School’s staff and postgraduate student community. If you have research that you would like to share, please send your 200-word abstracts to staffpostgradss2018@gmail.com by 19th December 2018. We are looking forward to receiving them!

More information can be found in our full CFP, published below and in PDF format: CFP-Hilary-Term.

Best wishes,

Dearbhaile, Moonyoung, and Joe


Seminar #5: Alexander Jones and Alicia Byrne Keane

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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!