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Welcome to the School of English at Trinity College, placed 25th in the world and 7th in Europe by the 2014 QS University Rankings by Subject.

Welcome to the School of English at Trinity College. The School is one of the oldest in the world and in 1867 founded the first ever Chair in English Literature, named after Trinity Professor Edward Dowden. On this website you will find information on courses for undergraduate, international, post-graduate and research students. The site also provides details of our current Faculty and Administration staff, with links to our research, publications, public lectures and events. There are also links to the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing (below) and to the School of English Facebook page. For information on how to apply to the School of English, please see

News & Announcements

  • The School of English is delighted to announce the launch of its first GradLink mentoring programme. The programme aims to develop students’ knowledge of the labour market and career paths, in addition to employability skills such as networking, through nurturing career learning relationships with graduate mentors working in a range of career areas. Junior Sophister students and staff are invited to attend the launch of GradLink Mentoring and meet with graduates early evening Tuesday 21st October in The Long Room Hub. Graduates of the School of English can sign up to participate as a mentor here.
  • Florence Impens, who recently completed her Phd in the School of English, has been awarded a prestigious Keough National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Keough-Naughten Institute for Irish Studies, Notre Dame, where she will continue her research on classical intertextuality in contemporary Irish poetry. We send Florence our congratulations and best wishes for the year. 
  • Helen Cooney
    Colleagues, friends and many former students of the School of English were deeply saddened at the death of Dr Helen Cooney on 7th August. Helen, a graduate and postgraduate of Trinity, held a lectureship in Medieval Literature in the School during the 1990s. After a brief period at the University of Nottingham, she returned to Trinity and taught on the MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture. A highly regarded scholar of late Middle English and Renaissance literature, her earliest writings were on Chaucer (the subject of her doctoral dissertation) but she also made important contributions to Skelton and Spenser studies. She edited three collections of essays – all widely admired – one of which, Nation, Court and Culture ( 2001), proved to be seminally important in redefining critical approaches to fifteenth-century poetry.
    Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
  • Eire IrelandThe special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Éire-Ireland for Spring/Summer 2014 is dedicated to ‘Irish Crime since 1921’. Guest-edited by Fellow Emeritus Professor Ian Campbell Ross from the School of English and historian Professor William Meier (TCU), the special number contains essays on subjects ranging from Brendan Behan’s little-known crime novel, The Scarperer; contemporary crime fiction; the Blueshirts; cross-border smuggling during World War II; unlawful carnal knowledge of teenage girls, the Dirty Protest in the Prison War of 1979-81; the ‘Post-Troubles’ films of Neil Jordan, and reflections on the links between policing and journalism by Conor Brady, former editor of the Irish Times and commissioner of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
  • global-shakespeare"The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Diaspora in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish" will take place on Thursday, 10 July 2014 | 18:00 | Trinity Long Room Hub.
    The lecture by Dr. Dror Abend-David (University of Florida) is organized by the School of English as part of a lecture series on Global Shakespeare and funded by the Visiting Fellowships
    Benefactions Fund. Bio: Dr. Abend-David is a lecturer in Hebrew in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at University of Florida. He is the author of ‘Scorned my Nation:’ A Comparison of Translations of The Merchant of Venice into German, Hebrew, and Yiddish (Peter Lang, 2003) and Media and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). In addition to his work on Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures, he has published articles on media, cultural studies, translation theory, modern poetry, and drama. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Ema Vyroubalova (
Places & SpacesBetween Places and Spaces: Landscapes of Liminality will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on 5-6 June 2014. Keynotes speakers: Prof. John Wylie (University of Exeter) andDr. Bernice M. Murphy (Trinity College Dublin).
Opening Address: Prof Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing (Trinity College Dublin) For more information, see
  • The Ulysses Custom Case: a talk by Professor Robert Spoo, Chapman Distinguished Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law:  Wednesday 11 June, 6.00, Davis Theatre, Arts building. 
    In this important lecture on the relationship between literature and law, Professor Robert Spoo will examine the complexities of Judge John Woolsey’s landmark 1933 ruling allowing the American publication of Joyce's Ulysses, in the context of the social, legal, and institutional constraints on judicial approaches to obscenity in the 1930s.  Free and open to all. 

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