- ‘Picturing Pollard’: Monday 28th April, Long Room Hub, 5pm.
The collection of books bequeathed to Trinity College Dublin by Mary ‘Paul’ Pollard spans a period of almost 300 years. The cut-off date for the collection was 1914, a time at which the modern picturebook was in its infancy. Consequently, the form is not strongly represented in the collection, despite its including works by Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway. In ‘Picturing Pollard’, Dr Valerie Coghlan will suggest one book from each decade since 1914 that Paul Pollard might have chosen to exemplify the development of the picturebook.
- Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Bicentenary Conference: Trinity College Dublin will host an international conference on 15-16 October to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the Irish Victorian writer J. S. Le Fanu. More details can be found at www.josephsheridanlefanu.wordpress.com. For further inquiries, please contact Valeria Cavalli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2014) Congratulations to Margot Blankier, a PhD student at the School of English, who was awarded this year’s Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2014). The bursary is designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative research on the children’s book collections at Trinity and Yale - the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books at Trinity College and the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature at Yale University.
- Congratulations to Senior Sophister Cillian Fahy, who has been awarded a prestigious Gates Scholarship to pursue an M. Phil in European Literature and Culture at Cambridge. He was selected from over 3600 applicants. ‘I'm very grateful to the School of English for helping me win the scholarship’, Cillian writes. ‘The education I've received really stood to me at interview, and I've no doubt also that the reputation of the School played a role in winning the award.'
- School of English welcomes distinguished Beckett Scholar S.E.Gontarski.
Professor Stan Gontarski of Florida State University will give a special guest lecture on Samuel Beckett, Monday 3rd March, at 6.30pm in the TLRH. One of the world’s leading Beckett experts, Professor Gontarski will discuss his collection of the author’s manuscripts (including Ohio Impromptu, written by Beckett at his request) to mark his donation of his unique archive of Beckett materials to TCD Library. This event is a collaboration between the School of English, the School of Drama, Film and Music, and Trinity College Library.
- A National Collection of Children’s Books.
Congratulations to Dr Padraic Whyte who has been awarded a major Irish Research Council Interdisciplinary Project Research Grant. His two-year project, organised in collaboration with the Church of Ireland College of Education, will document children’s book collections in several Irish institutions including Trinity College, the National Library of Ireland, The Church of Ireland College of Education, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Pearse Street Library.
- "Cheesy does it? or Shakespeare meets Latin American Telenovelas" A talk by Prof. Alfredo Michel Modenessi on Shakespeare in Latin America will take place on Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm in the Arts Building Conference Room, 2026 (opposite the Arts Block across from the entrance to the Douglas Hyde Gallery). Prof. Modenessi teaches American and English Literature, translation and comparative studies at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; he is also a translator, dramaturge, and playwright. He has published widely on Shakespeare, American theatre, popular culture, cinema, and translation.
- Congratulations to the School's Adjunct Lecturer Dr Anne Markey, who has been awarded a Royal Irish Academy Postdoctoral Mobility Grant to consult the Abinger Papers held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, as part of her research into William Godwin’s involvement with the Juvenile Library associated with his name and radical politics.
- Arts Council-TCD Irish Writer Fellow Declan Hughes joins the School of English and the Oscar Wilde Centre this semester. A TCD English graduate and co-founder of Rough Magic Theatre Company, Declan is an acclaimed director, playwright and novelist, author of several award-winning thrillers including The Colour of Blood, All The Dead Voices,and City of Lost Girls. His new novel, All The Things You Are, will be published later in 2014.
- Members of the School of English have published a number of reviews and articles online recently, including Philip Coleman, Gerald Dawe, Tim Groenland, and Nathan Hugh O’Donnell for the Dublin Review of Books, and Philip Coleman for Necessary Fiction. See www.drb.ie and www.necessaryfiction.com for more details.
- "This month is published Irish Women's Fiction: Edgeworth to Enright by Heather Ingman (Irish Academic Press, 2013), The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness by Bernice M. Murphy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Joyce's Nietzschean Ethics, by Sam Slote (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
- The Wilde Lecture 2013 "Why Wilde? From Oxford to Trinity: Collecting and Recollecting" by Miss Julia Rosenthal B.A.Julia Rosenthal is a fifth generation antiquarian book and manuscript dealer
and proprietor of A. Rosenthal Ltd. and Otto Haas, the oldest music antiquariat worldwide, founded in 1866. She is a trustee of the Nietzsche House, Sils Maria, Switzerland. The Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Wednesday, 27 November 2013 6.30 pm. RSVP by Nov 22nd to Lilian Foley (email@example.com/ 01.8962885)
- Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival 22nd & 23rd November 2013
Trinity College and New York University are holding a festival of Irish crime fiction, featuring more than a dozen of the most exciting Irish crime novelists, several TCD alumni among them. This will be a memorable weekend, devoted to an exciting genre of Irish writing, so please make plans to join us.The participants include Declan Burke, Jane Casey, Paul Charles, Michael Connelly, John Connolly, Conor Fitzgerald, Alan Glynn, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Gene Kerrigan, Kevin McCarthy, Brian McGilloway, Eoin McNamee, Stuart Neville, Niamh O'Connor, Louise Phillips, Peter Quinn, and Michael Russell. For a full schedule and updates, see here
- For Jane Austen fans: Trinity College Library’s Department of Early Printed Books has a new mini-exhibition in the Berkeley Library foyer, with early prints of several Austen titles (including a second edition Pride and Prejudice) on display. See their blogpost at http://wp.me/p2nd1Z-z6.
- Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2013)
Congratulations to Peter Doherty, a PhD student at the School of English, who was awarded this year’s Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2013). The bursary is designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative research on the children’s book collections at Trinity and Yale - the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books at Trinity College and the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature at Yale University. Mr Doherty recently returned from researching at Yale where his reading of texts in the Shirley Collection informed his doctoral project on the relationship between children’s literature studies and environmental humanities.
- Ciaran Collins wins 2013 Rooney Prize for Irish Writing
At a ceremony hosted by the Provost, Dr Daniel Rooney and Mrs Patrica Rooney awarded this year’s Rooney Prize to Ciaran Collins for his novel The Gamal (Bloomsbury). A quirky tragic-comic tale of young people living in an Irish parish, The Gamal has been praised by the writer and critic Eilis Ni Dhuibhne as ‘one of the most impressive novels published in Ireland recently.' Adding her congratulations, Head of School Dr Eve Patten described the annual Rooney Prize as a key event in the School of English/Oscar Wilde Centre calendar and noted that many recipients go on from this prestigious Trinity award to become internationally celebrated authors.
- Brave New Worlds? From Shakespeare's Globe to Global Shakespeare
Professor Alexander Huang will be giving a talk entitled "Brave New Worlds? From Shakespeare's Globe to Global Shakespeare" on October 10th from 6pm in the Emmett Theatre in the Arts Building. All are welcome to attend. Alexander Huang is Professor of English, Theatre, and International Affairs, Department of English, George Washington University, Washington D.C. (U.S.A.) and Research Affiliate in Literature at MIT, Cambridge, MA (U.S.A.). The talk will discuss how and why Shakespeare's plays have become a subject of global reach and importance. Prof. Huang is the author of the award-winning "Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange" (Columbia University Press) as well as many journal articles and book chapters on the topics of Shakespeare, intercultural performance, and globalization. He is also the Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's "Global Shakespeares" series , a General Editor of the Shakespearean International Yearbook; Performance Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions; and co-founder and co-director of Global Shakespeares digital archive.
- Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013
I know that all the students and staff of the School of English, both past and present, will join me in grief over the loss of Seamus Heaney. We are grateful for his extraordinary kindness to us over the years, and for the inspiration he leaves with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Dr Eve Patten, Head of School.
‘In a cold where things might crystallize or founder
His story quickened us, a wild white goose
Heard after dark above the drifted house.’
(Glanmore Sonnets vi, from Field Work, 1979)
- Trinity College Dublin, in association with Liverpool Hope University, will host Lesser Victorians: Beyond the Canon in Victorian Fiction on 12-13 September 2013. This international conference will take place in Lecture Theatre 4 in the Museum Building on Trinity College campus. All are welcome to attend, free admission for non-delegates. Full programme can be found here. Blog can be found here. For further inquiries please contact Daragh Downes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Trish Ferguson at email@example.com
- Trinity College Dublin & Mater Dei Institute will host the 25th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and Modernism from 9 July-13 July in Dublin. The conference will open at Trinity College Dublin on 10 July with a Welcoming Address by the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Registration is now open and the conference schedule can be found here.
- Back issues of Icarus magazine are now available online. Icarus is a creative writing magazine from Trinity College Dublin and is Ireland's longest-running arts publication. Back issues, including the inagural issue from 1950, can now be read online. Previous contributors to the magazine include Louis MacNeice, Frank O'Connor, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Brendan Kennelly and others. Click here to view Icarus magazine online. Click here for more information about the magazine.
- Modest Proposals has been established to create a platform for university researchers to engage with current public debate. We are hosting graduate workshops in the Trinity Long Room Hub in July; public conversations will follow in the autumn. Deadline for graduate submissions is the 10th of June. See www.newmodestproposals.wordpress.com.
- Congratulations to the first graduates of the MPhil in Children's Literature! The first cohort from the course celebrated their graduation on 19 April 2013.
- Many congratulations to School of English postgraduate Muireann O'Sullivan who has been awarded a 2013 Trinity Teaching Award for Postgraduate Students. The award panel remarked that the School of English was very fortunate to have Muireann as a teaching assistant.
- Professor Gerald Dawe to present 'One City, One Book' talk: Professor Dawe will giving a talk entitiled "Poems & the City: 'September 1913' and beyond" on 30 April at 7:30pm. The event will take place in the Assembly Hall, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire. The talk is free but booking is essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01 2147970. The talk is part of a series of events to celebrate the 'One City, One Book' novel, Strumpet City by James Plunkett.
- Dr Philip Coleman presents a lecture at University Of Minnesota: Dr Coleman will be giving a talk entitled "John Berryman: Scholarship and Poetry" on Thursday 25 April from 12-2pm in 108 Andersen Library, University of Minnesota. All are welcome.
- Paradise Lost Reading website launched: A website on which you can hear recordings of the Paradise Lost read-a-thon that was organised by the School in December 2012 has now been set up. The site is still a work-in-progress, but the whole reading (all 12 hours and more of it!) should be ready very soon. You'll find more information here: http://paradiselostreading.wordpress.com/about-the-event/
- Yale-TCD Alumni Bursary for Research in Children's Literature: Now accepting applications. This bursary is designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative research on the children’s book collections in TCD and Yale. Approximately €3,500 will be made available to facilitate travel to work on the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of Children’s Books at Yale University. Applicants must be students in the School of English at TCD and be engaged in an independent research project - e.g. a final year dissertation, Masters or PhD thesis - within the School. To apply, please download the appropriate short application here. Completed application forms should be emailed to email@example.com no later than 5pm on Monday 15th April 2013. Supported by The School of English Alumni Fund and Yale University.
- Poet Michael Schmidt visits the School of English: A very special School of English poetry reading and discussion on the theme of ‘poetry, health and illness’, with poets Michael Schmidt and Iggy McGovern, will take place on Monday 11th at 7pm in the Neill/Hoey Theatre in the Long Room Hub. All welcome
- TCD School of English Ball
The Annual Semi-Formal English Ball is back for its third year! Undergrads, postgrads, staff, and all lovers of books are invited to a night in the Russell Court Hotel, Harcourt St, where we will provide hot finger food, drink deals, a DJ, and private bar and dance floor until 2.30am.
The Ball kicks off at 8.30 sharp and costs tickets cost a mere €5 from Class Reps, €7 on the door. Staff of the school go free!
We look forward to a night to end the year in style with your classmates and all members of Trinity's School of English.
- Dr Philip Coleman will be giving a lecture as part of the "Transatlantic literature in context" series sponsored by the Faculty of English, University of Oxford, on Wednesday the 6th of March. His talk is entitled: " 'Cross-fertilization in International Poetry': John Berryman and the problem of influence" and will take place in English Faculty Seminar Room B at 5 p.m. For more information contact Dr Tara Stubbs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday 11 February 2013, 'The Pollard Collection of Children's Books: Constructing a History of Irish Children's Literature', a lecture by Dr Pádraic Whyte, School of English, as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub Library Lecture Series to mark the tercentenary of the Old Library. In the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, at 19.00. Admission is free and all are welcome.
- The Pollard Collection of Children’s Books, a generous bequest to the Trinity Library from Mary ('Paul') Pollard (1922-2005), is a collection of over 10,000 books covering the period from late 17thC to early 20thC.
- The annual TCD/UCD Philosophy and Literature Symposium will take place in the Humanities Institute of Ireland in UCD from 10.00 am to 17.30, this Saturday 26th of January.
The theme of this year's symposium is 'Vision(s)': What does it mean to have vision or to have a vision? How have personal visions shaped literature and popular culture? What separates a dream from a vision? What role does vision or sensation play in the constitution of the subject?
A diversity of postgraduate speakers from literature, philosophy and related disciplines will explore these issues and more. You may find a complete schedule and set of abstracts here.
- Information for Hilary Term Visiting Students can be found here.
- Auction of autographed Paradise Lost read-a-thon poster: bids now being accepted. Bids are now being accepted by email for the large (A0) poster that was signed by all of the readers who participated in the read-a-thon on the 14th of December 2012, including Terence Brown, Gerald Dawe, Seamus Heaney, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, David Norris, Peter Sirr, Enda Wiley, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods, and many others. If you are interested in owning the poster, email Philip Coleman with the subject line "bid for poster" stating the amount you wish to bid. The highest bidder will be notified by email on Friday the 1st of March 2013. Bids start at €50 and all proceeds will go to NCBI, the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.
- Congratulations to Dr David O'Shaughnessy, Assistant Professor for Eighteenth-Century Studies in the School of English, who has been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Career Integration Grant of €100,000 to fund a research project, 'The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843'. This project will draw on manuscript collections at the British and Huntington Libraries to produce the first integrated study of British theatre censorship between the Stage Licensing Act (1737) and the Theatres Act (1843), with particular focus on Irish and Scottish playwrights working in London during this time.
On 6th December 2012 the School hosted a public reading by the acclaimed American actor and writer Sam Shepard, who has been awarded an honorary doctorate by TCD. At the end of his reading Shepard invited on stage the legendary singer-songwriter, poet and artist Patti Smith, who read from one of their collaborative dramatic works before joining Shepard in a duet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC7o9Af6wOE
On Friday 14 December 2012, Trinity College will host the first full reading in Ireland of Paradise Lost, written by John Milton after he had lost his sight. The event will raise money for NCBI - Working for People with Sight Loss. Participants include Seamus Heaney, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, David Norris, students and staff. The reading will be held from 10am until 2pm in the Graduate Memorial Building (GMB), and from 2pm until early evening the Gallery Chapel, Trinity College Dublin, on Friday 14 December 2012. Further details: http://www.tcd.ie/English/ and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/trinityfm Enquiries to Diane Sadler (email@example.com, 01 896 1111). Paradise Lost read-a-thon
The Later Affluence of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens Dr Edward Clarke (St Catherine's College, Oxford) Tuesday 4th December 2012, Trinity College Dublin and the Mater Dei Institute 2-4 p.m. W.B. Yeats, chaired by Dr Tom Walker (TCD) Venue: Room 0.54, School of Nursing, D'Olier Street Reading material: W.B. Yeats, "Cuchulain Comforted" and "The Black Tower" 6-8 p.m. Wallace Stevens, chaired by Dr Michael Hinds (MDI)
Venue: Mater Dei Institute, Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra. Reading material: Wallace Stevens, "Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself" and "Of Mere Being". Followed by launch of Edward Clarke's The Later Affluence by Terence Brown. Inquiries to: Dr Philip Coleman, School of English, Trinity College Dublin: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Borderlines Medieval and Early Modern Conference, now entering its 17th year, is an Irish interdisciplinary conference for postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers. The School of English is pleased to support Borderlines XVII- Occupying Space, April 19-21, 2013, in the Trinity Long Room Hub. Check http://borderlinesxvii.wordpress.com/ for the Call for Papers.
Sir Terry Pratchett OBE is visiting the School of English this week, 12-14 November. He will give masterclasses in writing to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and adjudicate a public debate, ‘This House would see Unseen University run by Witches’, Monday 12th November, 6.30pm, Quek Hall, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse Street.
On Thursday Nov 8th, Dr Pádraic Whyte delivered The 2012 Betsy Beinecke Shirley Lecture on American Children’s Literature at Yale University. His talk, ‘Navigating New York City in Children’s Books; A Whistle-Stop Tour’, drew on the work of numerous authors and illustrators from Margaret Wise Brown to BrianSelznick, and traced the shared relationship between literature and the city in the context of urban transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Dr Paul Delaney completed the Dublin Marathon on Monday 29th October in an impressive 4 hours and 2 minutes, raising €1,253 for the Andrew Grene Foundation. Congratulations to Paul, who now limps back to running the Sophister Office.
The School of English is delighted to participate in the international 'Year Of Ulysses' (YoU) celebration, coordinated by the Modernist Versions Project <modernistversions.com>, and marking the 90th anniversary of the text’s first publication. On Wednesday 10th October Terence Killeen's talk, ‘Ulysses in the Mirror of Modernism, was delivered to a full house in the Trinity Long Room Hub. On Wednesday 24 October at 12.00 we will host a lecture by Hans Walter Gabler. For further details on the TCD talks see dh.tcd.ie/dh
Prof. Perry Nodelman (Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Winnipeg) will give a public lecture, “‘Clever Enough to Do Variations:’ Maurice Sendak as Visual Musician”, on Tuesday October 30th at 10am in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
The School of English, the Trinity Long Room Hub and the National Library of Ireland have jointly launched 'A Family at War: The Diary of Mary Martin'. This online digital resource was a class project of the Digital Scholarly Editing Module of the MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture, taught by Professor Susan Schreibman. The Diary is a poignant document written in 1916 by Dublin woman Mary Martin to her son Charlie, reported missing in action in the First World War. Visit the diary at http://dh.tcd.ie/martindiary
The School of English is delighted to report that Gerald Dawe and Darryl Jones have been promoted to full professorship. In the current climate, for the School to have one new professor may be considered good fortune, to have two…peerlessness! Our warmest congratulations to Gerry and Darryl.
Prof Sam Slote has brought out a new edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, published by Alma Classics. The edition reprints the 1939 printing of the Odyssey Press edition, and contains 9,000 all-new annotations by Prof Slote, addressing the full range of references in Joyce's seminal work.
- School of English student and scholar Conor Leahy has been named as a prize winner in the English Literature category at this year’s International Undergraduate Awards. His winning essay was "Power, Conduct, and Fortune in the Alliterative Morte Arthure". Warmest congratulations to Conor, who has just begun postgraduate study at Oxford, in English Literature 650-1550.
- Crawford Gribben has been given an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Collaborative Project award for his work on "Radical Religion in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800." The award will support Professor Gribben's work on the biography of John Owen (1616-83) and fund a conference on "Puritanism and Catholicism in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800."
- Professor Gerald Dawe has been awarded a prestigious Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship to the National University of Ireland, Galway for 3 months during the academic year 2012-2013. For more, please click here.
- New Metre online archive: please click here for more details.
- The School of English has done even better in the new QS World University Rankings for Arts & Humanities than it did last year. We are now 14th in the world and 3rd Europe, just behind Oxford and Cambridge.
Applications are invited from Irish writers of established reputation for a Writer’s Fellowship which is funded by the School of English and by a grant-aid from the Arts Council. The fellowship will be tenable for the period January – June 2013.
Requests for further particulars and informal enquiries should be addressed to email@example.com or 01 896 2890. Applications should include a cover letter outlining areas of interest, a full CV and the name and contact details of 3 referees and should be addressed to the Head of School, Professor Eve Patten.
The closing date for applications will be no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th August, 2012.
Trinity is an Equal Opportunities Employer
Prestigious Fellowship for School of English Professor.
Gerald Dawe has been awarded a Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship to the National University of Ireland, Galway for 3 months during the academic year 2012-2013. He has also been conferred as a Visiting Research Professor in the School of English, School of English, Queen’s University Belfast for 2013. During his sabbatical leave Prof Dawe will be working on a study of crisis and 20th century Irish writing and completing a book of literary memoir.
New METRE archive online
METRE was a magazine of poetry that ran for seventeen issues from 1995 to 2005. For most of that period it was edited by Justin Quinn and David Wheatley. It presented original poetry, reviews, interviews and essays. Published and printed in Ireland, edited by two Irish people, it nonetheless billed itself as 'A Magazine of International Poetry': the desire was present from the outset to provide a platform for the best of Irish work alongside the best from the UK, US, Australia as well as work in translation.
Many TCD students and staff, past and present, contributed to Metre over the years, including Philip Coleman, Andrew Goodspeed, Kit Fryatt, Stephen Matterson, Maria Johnston, Caitríona O'Reilly, Gerry Dawe and others.
This site presents a database of PDFs of original contributions to the magazine, and is hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague, under the auspices of the Centre for Irish Studies.