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Dr. Julie Bates B.A., Ph.D. (Dublin)Assistant Professor in Irish Writing


I completed my PhD in the School of English, and have been a lecturer in the School since 2015. My first book, Beckett’s Art of Salvage, was based on my doctoral research and published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.


  • 'Stages of Theatre' – Junior Fresh survey course of European drama from the ancient Greeks to twentieth century playwrights

  • 'Beckett: Afterlives' – Sophister course on the inheritance of formal and thematic challenges of Beckett's work by a group of contemporary writers and artists. Students consult Beckett’s papers in Trinity’s special collections

  • 'Writing as Collecting in modern and contemporary Irish literature' - Sophister course delivered in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland

  • 'Beckett' – MPhil series of lectures and seminars mapping Beckett’s distinct authorial procedure in his fiction, drama for stage and radio, film and poetry. Students consult Beckett’s papers in Trinity’s special collections


My research interests include modern and contemporary Irish and world literature; the material imagination; visual culture; interdisciplinarity; intermediality; archives; experimental forms. Current research projects have been supported by grants from the Royal Irish Academy and Irish Research Council. 

  • I am at present co-editing a special issue of the journal Word & Image with with Léa Vuong (University of Manchester) that will present new scholarship by curators, art historians and literary critics emerging from the artist Louise Bourgeois's recently formed archives in New York (2019).

  • I have an essay on the writer Brian Dillon in The New Irish Studies: Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions, ed. Paige Reynolds (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

  • My main research project at present is based on Rebecca West. Drawing on her papers at the Beinecke library at Yale University, the scholarly part of this project will set out a reassessment of West’s non-fiction in light of the recent celebration and attentiveness to non-fiction as a creative literary form. The second element of the project is a work of non-fiction, a collaborative project with the photographer Dragana Jurišić which focuses on contemporary Sarajevo, draws on West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), and explores the relationship between illness, migration, nostalgia and creativity.

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School of English
Trinity College Dublin
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