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”

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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

Call For Papers: Michaelmas Term 2018

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We are very pleased to release our Call For Papers for Michaelmas Term! Separate CFPs for postgraduate students (20 minute papers) and staff (40 minute papers) can be read in full below:

Call For Papers Michaelmas 2018 (postgrad)

Call For Papers Michaelmas 2018 (staff)

We very much look forward to receiving your abstracts by 1st August 2018 and putting together a programme for the autumn term that will showcase the diverse research of the School.

Best wishes,

Moonyoung, Dearbhaile, and Joe


Welcome to the School of English Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series 2018-19!


As the incoming conveners of the School of English Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series for the academic year 2018-19, we would like to introduce ourselves and extend a warm welcome to staff and students alike. We are Moonyoung Hong, Dearbhaile Houston, and Joseph Torres, current PhD students from the School of English. After the brilliant 2017-18 series, led by Julia O’Connell and Alexander Jones, we take up the baton to organise a series that has been integral to the School’s research community since the 1990s.

For those unfamiliar with the seminar series, it is a bi-weekly meeting of staff and students from the School of English to share their research in a collegial and supportive environment. We also invite guest speakers from the wider academic community to present their work to the School. The series provides a welcoming space for staff and students to meet, engage with the diverse research present within the school, and take part in lively debate. For both postgraduate students and staff it is an invaluable opportunity to present on research in progress and receive beneficial feedback from peers. As research can often be a solitary experience, we also benefit from a designated time and place to engage with each other, talk about our work, and put names to faces (or faces to names!).

We look forward to releasing a Call for Papers very soon, inviting abstracts of proposed research for Michaelmas Term! Keep up to date on CFPs, the announcement of guest speakers and programmes on this blog, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter.

With best wishes,

Moonyoung, Dearbhaile, and Joe