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School of English Evening Lecture Series 2014: 'Disability and Literature'

Course Director
Dr Paul Delaney

How to apply
Apply to: The Secretary (Evening Lectures), Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, 21 Westland Row, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Phone: 01 896 2885, email:

Free Admission to Series

The series will begin on Monday, 13th January 2014 at 7.00 p.m.

Disability and Literature

This innovative series of seminars exploring the subject ‘Disability and Literature’ is organized by the School of English in conjunction with the MSc in Disability Studies.  The series features contributions from colleagues in the School of English and in Disability Studies, as well as from the Centre for Deaf Studies and the National Institute for Intellectual Disability in Trinity College, Dublin.  It also welcomes speakers from outside the College community, from key organizations like the Centre for Independent Living, the Disability Federation of Ireland, and Arts & Disability Ireland, as well as from the field of the contemporary arts.

Seminars are organised thematically or with reference to the work of a particular author, and subjects to be covered include representations of disability, impairment and deafness in works by writers with or without disabilities.  The series concludes with readings by several contemporary Irish writers with disabilities.  Each seminar includes contributions from several speakers, with time available for discussion and questions from the audience.  The series will be held over seven consecutive weeks, each Monday at 7pm, beginning on Monday 13th January 2014.  Seminars will be held in two accessible locations in College: the Long Room Hub (outside the Arts Building); and the National Institute for Intellectual Disability, on College Green. 

A draft schedule with venues is included below.  Please note that this schedule has not been finalised, and that a complete listing of events will be available shortly.
1  Children’s Literature and Disability (13 January), Long Room Hub
2  Dickens and Disability (20 January), Long Room Hub
3  Poetry and Disability (27 January), National Institute for Intellectual Disability
4  Christy Brown (3 February), National Institute for Intellectual Disability
5  Deaf People and Literature (10 February), Long Room Hub
6  War Literature and Disability (17 February), Long Room Hub
7  Readings/discussion with contemporary writers (24 February), Long Room Hub 
Chair: Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts & Disability Ireland

Last updated 7 January 2014 School of English (Email).