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Name and Email Thesis Title Supervisor(s) Bibliography and Research Keywords

Joana Blanquer

'The Complexities of Time in Beowulf'

Dr Alice Jorgensen

CPGE Montpellier – Lycée Joffre (France) 2009-2012, major in Classics and English.

Master’s Degree Paris IV La Sorbonne LLCE English-Research 2014 with honours thesis year one on the Christian elements in Beowulf and year two ‘Between rewriting and reinvention: the Scandinavian analogues to Beowulf’.

PhD candidate from September 2015 to present.

I am looking at how Beowulf works as a sum of Anglo-Saxon attitudes to the measurement and interpretation of time in order to provide an Anglo-Saxon poem on the ancestors. I focus especially on vocabulary and narrative techniques.

I have experience in personalised tutoring in Latin from my undergraduate years.

Research Interests:
Beowulf; Anglo-Saxon England; Old Norse Literature; Antiquarianism; Middle Ages; Classics

Dr Christopher Borsing

Entered Trinity College Dublin as a mature student, elected Foundation Scholar 2005, submitted doctoral thesis 2012.
'Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity,' developed from the dissertation, is due for publication by Spring 2016 as part of the Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature.
I have taught a sophister course on Defoe and Swift and undergraduate courses on Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism and the Novel.

Novel; Epistemology; Exploration; Early Modern Culture Wars

Emily Bourke

''Everywhere Was A Shadow of Death:' Environmental Anxiety in American Popular Culture Since 1945'

Dr Bernice M. Murphy

University of Limerick, B.A. New Media and English 2006-2010
Trinity College Dublin, M. Phil. Popular Literature, 2011-2012
Trinity College Dublin, Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate PhD Scholar, 2014-present.
Currently conducting research into the origins and development of ecohorror as a prominent motif in American popular culture.
Teaching Assistant on the Victorianism and Poetry modules in the School of English, 2015/16.
Film Reviews Editor for the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, 2016

Ecocriticism; Ecohorror; Gothic; Popular Literature; American

William Brady

''Some Safe Way of Dying:' A Literary Study of Suicide in 1940s Britain' Prof Eve Patten

William Brady completed his B.A. in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2014.
He is currently in receipt of a postgraduate research scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences for his doctoral research, entitled ''Some Safe Way of Dying:' A Literary Study of Suicide in 1940s Britain.''
In 2015, he tutored on the 'Shakespeare: Text, Stage, Screen' undergraduate module.

War; 1940s; Britain; Suicide; Society; Durkheim

Dr Mary Bridgeman

Twilight Zones: Subjectivity, Gender, and Feminism in Three 21st Century Popular Vampire Romance Narratives’ Prof Darryl Jones and Dr Catherine Lawless

Dr Mary Bridgeman recently completed a PhD at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Prof Darryl Jones and Dr Catherine Lawless. Her thesis, titled ‘Twilight Zones: Subjectivity, Gender, and Feminism in Three 21st Century Popular Vampire Romance Narratives,’ was funded by a Postgraduate Research Studentship from Trinity College Dublin and a Postgraduate Scholarship awarded by the Irish Research Council.
She holds an M. Phil in Gender and Women’s Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and a B.A. (TSM) in English Literature and French.

Mary has tutored on the ‘American Genres’, ‘Theories of Literature’, and ‘Post-Colonial Literature and Theory’ courses in the School of English, TCD. She has led seminars on Gender and Popular Culture at Masters level and she will be giving a lecture course on Gender, Feminism, and Popular Culture in the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, TCD, in 2017.

Maternity; the Supernatural; Feminism in Literature and Popular Culture, Gendered Genres, and Feminist Theory
Laura Byrne

'Lolita and the Mythologies of Femininity'


BA Double Honours English and Philosophy, Maynooth University, 2003-2006.

MA in Gender and Writing, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, 2007-2008.

Doctoral Candidate, Trinity College Dublin, 2013—

My thesis examines issues of gender construction in the novels of Vladimir Nabokov.

Nabokov; Feminism; Gender; Deconstruction; Twentieth Century

Dr Felicity Cable
N/A I am currently engaged in two independent areas of research: the role of the laundress in medieval and early modern literature, social mobility and the literary cyclist, 1890-1930.

Laundresses; Working Women; Mobility; Cycling

Dr Valeria Cavalli

''They said she was mad:' Insanity in the Fiction of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu'

Valeria Cavalli studied English and French at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, where she specialised in Information and Mass Communication Sciences (2004).
In 2006 Valeria completed an M. Phil. in Popular Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Her dissertation focused on the representation of Ireland in Bram Stoker's fiction. In 2014 Valeria received a PhD in English from Trinity College Dublin. Her research concentrates on the theme of insanity in the fiction of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. She has tutored on the 'Victorianism' and 'Realism and the Novel' courses.

Victorian Fiction; Horror; Gothic; Sensation; History of Psychiatry; Gender; Irish Fiction

Kabir Chattopadhyay

''The Ring, The Wand and The Sword:' The Role of Objects in Articulating the Dynamics of Power in 20th Century Children's Literature'

Dr Pádraic Whyte I am a Bengali student, from Kolkata, India.
I completed my Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees from Jadavpur University, India.
My two greatest passions have always been performing arts (music and theatre) and writing.
From a very early age, I have been an avid reader of children's texts, folklore and mythology from around the world. When I got the opportunity of pursuing academic work, I knew this had to be my field of study.
The Bengali culture has a rich tradition of children's stories, and I believe with the experience I shall gain during my PhD here, I shall be able to bring such texts to much-needed academic attention.

Children's Literature; Objects; Power; Knowledge; Fantasy; Agency

Eve Cobain
'The Music of John Berryman' Prof Stephen Matterson

My project explores the significance of music in the work of John Berryman and is funded by the Irish Research Council (2013-2016). More broadly speaking, I'm interested in poetry, particularly 20th century Irish and American verse.

I teach on a number of Freshman options including “Introduction to Poetry”, “American Genres” and “Modernism”.

Music and Poetry; Middle Generation America; Literary Biography; Transatlantic Literature

Sonya Cronin

‘From the Margins: Women, Royalisms and Exiles 1640 – 1669’  

2008-2011: completed undergraduate single honours English degree. University College Dublin- graduated with first class honours.
2011: nominated for undergraduate awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland- highly commended. Joined TCD as a mature PhD candidate.
2012- Awarded Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship.
PhD project entitled ‘From the Margins: Women, Royalisms and Exiles 1640 – 1669’.

My thesis examined seven royalist women’s cultural contributions as forms of political allegiance in the context of the English civil wars and the diaspora of thousands of royalists during the period.

I currently hold a Renaissance Society of America – Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 2016 – 2017.

Broader research interests include all things early modern, royalism, women’s writing, the English civil wars, theory of exile and diaspora, post-colonial studies and migrant literature, as well as eco-literature as it develops.

Previously, I have taught senior freshmen modules Post – Colonial Literature and Theory in 2014 and Shakespeare, Text, Stage Screen, 2015.
Currently, I teach the same.

I have presented an introductory mini-lecture on Margaret Cavendish and Katherine Philips for Dr Ema Vryoubalova’s course on Early Modern Women’s Writing.

Theory of Exile and Diaspora; Post-Colonial Studies and Migrant Literature, Eco-Literature as it Develops

Kaitlyn Culliton
'The Fairy Realm of the Renaissance: Using Imagined Landscapes to Make Sense of Everyday Places' Dr

University of Denver, B.A., Creative Writing & Distinction in Literature, 2007-2010
Colorado State University, M.A., English Literature, 2010-2012
PhD Candidate at Trinity College, 2015-present

Conducting thesis research in geographies of fairy landscapes in Renaissance dramas

Renaissance; Shakespeare; Johnson; Fairy; Children’s Literature; Cultural Geography

Jennifer Daly

'Fantasies of Self-Invention: The Masculinity Crisis in American Fiction'


MA American Studies (UCD Clinton Institute)
MA American Literature (UCD)
BA Hons English and Greek & Roman Civilization (UCD)

Currently a TA in the School of English. Research interests include American fiction, masculinity, the suburbs, and the work of Richard Yates, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, and Marilynne Robinson. Secretary of the Irish Association for American Studies. Marketing & Reviews Editor for the Irish Journal of American Studies.

American Studies; American Literature

Aoife Dempsey
'Nineteenth-Century Irish Anglican Fiction and the Postcolonial Gothic' Dr Jarlath Killeen

I am a current PhD student in the School of English under the supervision of Dr Jarlath Killeen. My doctoral research explores the postcoloniality of nineteenth-century Irish Protestant Gothic fiction. I completed my B.A. in New Media and English at the University of Limerick in 2010, and my M.A. in Postcolonial Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds in 2012.

Teaching Assistant on SF modules ‘Victorianism’ and ‘Postcolonial Literature & Theory’

Gothic; Postcolonial; Anglo-Irish; Nineteenth Century; Irish Studies; Le Fanu; Stoker; O’Brien

Gavin Doyle
'Impure and Unthinkable Green Thoughts: Queering Irish-American Literature and Culture' Dr

BA Hons in English and German, University College Dublin, 2005-2009
MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, University College Dublin, 2010-2011

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate PhD Scholar at the School of English in Trinity College Dublin, 2014-Present

I am currently carrying out my PhD project on representations of queerness in Irish-American literature and culture since the latter half of the twentieth century.

Co-convener for the School of English Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series, 2015/2016

Teaching Assistant on the Junior Freshman Theories of Literature module, Michaelmas Term 2015

Queer Theory; Irish-American Studies; Diasporic Theory; Ethnic American Studies; LGBT Literature

Clare Fletcher

‘"The world is changed overal": Signs of Decay and the Decay of Signs in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis' Dr Brendan O’ Connell

BA (Hons) English and History at Trinity College, Dublin
MPhil Medieval Language, Literature, and Culture, Trinity College, Dublin
Currently a Doctoral Candidate at Trinity College, Dublin

My thesis investigates aspects of language and sign theory in John Gower’s 14th century Middle English work Confessio Amantis.

I have previously taught on the Fables Course 2014 -2015

Louise Gallagher

'Typography and Narrative Voice in Children's Literature: Relationships, Interactions and Symbiosis' Dr Amanda Piesse

University College Dublin, B.A. Hons. Archaeology and Greek & Roman Civilisation 2003 - 2006
Trinity College, MPhil. Children’s Literature 2011- 2012
Trinity College, PhD candidate 2013 - present
School of English Studentship 2014 - 2015
A.J. Leventhal Travel Scholarship 2015
IRC Postgraduate Scholar 2015 – 2017

Currently conducting research on the relationship and interaction between the physical form of the printed word and narrative voices in children’s literature from the 18th century up to the present.

Children’s Literature; Typography; Narrative Voice; Semiotics; Mulitmodality; Print Culture; Meaning; Paratext

Dr Darragh Greene



Dr Darragh Greene holds an MA, MPhil and PhD from Trinity College Dublin. His research interests range from medieval studies through Renaissance literature to comics studies. In particular, he works on Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, fifteenth-century poetry, Shakespeare and Spenser.

Late Medieval Literature; Chaucer; Shakespeare; Critical Theory; Comics Studies

Dr Tim Groeland

'Consider the Editor: Textual Process in the Fiction of Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace'

Dr Philip Coleman

I recently completed a PhD, supported by an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship and supervised by Dr Philip Coleman, in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin (2013-2016). My research focuses on the role of editors in twentieth- and twenty-first century US fiction, particularly in the works of Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace. My research interests include contemporary US fiction, editors and editing, and institutional contexts in literary production.

Publications include:
“The Poetics of the Sentence: Examining Gordon Lish’s Literary Legacy.” Irish Journal of American Studies. Issue 4, Summer 2015.
“A King of Shreds and Patches: Assembling Wallace’s Final Novel.” Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace. Ed. Philip Coleman. Ipswich, M.A.: Salem Press, April 2015.

I have taught on a number of undergraduate modules including “American Genres”, “The Child in the Book” and “David Foster Wallace.”

American Literature; Contemporary Fiction; Editing and Textual History; Genetic Criticism

Dr Jennifer Harwood-Smith

'Apologising for the Inconvience: Defamiliarisation and Displacement in Landscapes in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Dr Helen Conrad O'Briain

Jennifer Harwood-Smith has a BA in New Media and English from the University of Limerick, and an MPhil in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded a PhD in 2016 from Trinity College Dublin for a thesis on science fiction/comedy worldbuilding in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Her research interests include science fiction, fantasy, horror, feminism, and she has published on Back to the Future, Battlestar Galactica, The Lord of the Rings, and has upcoming publications on worldbuilding.

Jennifer has previously taught Theories of Literature in 2012 and 2014 and Victorian Literature in 2015 and 2016.

Science Fiction; Fantasy; Horror; Feminism

Richard Howard

'Estrange Conflict: Fragments of the Irish Troubles in the Science Fiction of Bob Shaw and James White' Dr Brian Cliff

Richard completed a BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies at IADT, Dun Laoghaire in 2011, and an MA in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool in 2012. His PhD examines the Belfast science fiction authors Bob Shaw and James White, and was funded by the Irish Research Council. He submitted his thesis in September 2015.

Richard tutored on the SF Non Realist Writing module in 2014 and 2015, and also tutors on the JF History of Ideas course in the Centre for European Studies.

His research interests include Science Fiction Studies, Irish Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Medical Humanities and Critical Theory.

Irish Science Fiction; Irish Studies; Utopian Studies; Troubles Fiction

Kyle Hughes
'(Not) Everything Ends in Tears: Individuals, Communities, and Peacemaking in the Íslendingasögur' Dr Helen Conrad O'Briain

Kyle Hughes studied English and Psychology at Trinity College, gaining his BA in 2011.  In 2012 he completed the M.Phil in Medieval Language, Literature, and Culture, with a dissertation examining Viking warrior burials in Ireland.  His research interests primarily include conflict resolution in the Old Icelandic sagas, Medieval ecology, and Hiberno-Norse history and culture, and he is currently working on a PhD examining bloodfeud and arbitration in the sagas.  Since 2013, he has been a teaching assistant for the Gods in Literature, Irish Writing, and the Beginnings of English Poetry.

Old Norse; Conflict Resolution; Bloodfeud; Icelandic Sagas; Medieval Societies; Medieval Ecology

Dr Gregory Hulsman


Dr Gregory Hulsman studied English and Philosophy at University College Dublin, gaining a BA (Hons) in 2008. He then gained his MA from University College Dublin in Medieval Literature and Culture in 2009. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D in Trinity College Dublin. His thesis was entitled ‘The Evolution of a Lollard Book of Instruction: A Critical Edition of Material from TCD MS 245’.

Medieval Literature; Heresy; Manuscripts; Church History

James Hussey
'''This Matter of the Individual:" Individualism in the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne' Professor

Trinity College Dublin, B.A. Hons. TSM Moderatorship in English Literature and Modern Irish 2009-2013

Trinity College Dublin, MPhil in Literatures of the Americas 2013-2014

PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin 2014-Present

IRC Postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2018

Teaching Assistant on the “American Genres” Junior Freshman Course, Michaelmas Term 2015

Currently conducting research on representations of individualism in the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hawthorne; Individualism; American Literature;

Dr Gerard Hynes



Gerard Hynes studied English and History at Trinity College, receiving a BA in English in 2009. In 2014 he received a PhD from Trinity for a thesis on ideas of world-building and creation in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
His research and teaching interests focus on the Literature of the Fantastic, whether in contemporary Popular Literature (especially Fantasy and Science Fiction), Children’s Literature or Medieval Literature. 
He is currently researching the process of world-building across media and the use of imaginary worlds for ecological discourse.

Popular Literature; Fantasy; Science Fiction; Children’s Literature; Transmedial World-building; Ecocriticism; Medievalism; Genre

Dr David Jameson


Dr Jameson is a graduate of University College, Dublin (B.A.,Hons) and Trinity College, Dublin (M.Phil and Ph.D). He was an Irish Research Council scholar and completed his doctoral degree in the School of English in 2013.

His primary research interests are in the area of 20th century Irish Fiction and 19th and 20th century Irish political and ecclesiastical history. He is currently preparing a monograph on mixed marriages in Ireland.

Catholic; Protestant; Inter-Faith Relationship; Irish Fiction; Sectarianis

Emily Johnson
'Mapping Roberto Bolaño's 2666: A Mirror and an Explosion' Dr

Emily Johnson is a PhD candidate on the Digital Arts and Humanities structured program. Her doctoral thesis is funded under a DAH postgraduate fellowship and is focused on spatial representations — architectural, archetypal, geopolitical, and textual — in Roberto Bolaño’s final novel, 2666.

Emily holds an MPhil in Literatures of the Americas from Trinity College Dublin (2010-2011), and has worked as a teaching assistant and occasional lecturer with the School of English since 2013.

Digital Humanities; World Literature; Literary Space; Modernism; American Literature; Cultural Theory

Vivienne Keeley

'More Than Meets the Eye: Servants and Truth in the Eighteenth- Century Novel' Dr Aileen Douglas

Studied English and history at undergraduate level at St Patrick's College Drumcondra.
Completed the M. Phil in Popular Literature in Trinity College.

Servants; Masters; Eighteenth-Century Novel; Deceit; Truth-Telling

Stephen Kenneally

'Queer be Dragons: Mapping LGBT Fantasy Novels 1987-2000'

Prof Helen Conrad O'Briain

My doctorate, completed at TCD in 2015, examined the emergence of primary LGBT characters in fantasy novels over the period 1987-2000. My research interests include source analysis, LGBT genre representation, cultural shifts in representation, and the utility of genre fiction. I am also interested in performance and performativity, queer theory work in general, and constructed terms for gender and sexual minorities in fiction. I write, perform, and organise live-action roleplay and tabletop roleplaying games and am always interested in research on those topics also.

Queer Theory; LGBT; Fantasy; Science Fiction; Genre; Discourse Analysis; Critical Analysis; Gay and Lesbian

Dr Ian Kinane

'The Desert Island Trope in 20th and 21st Century Popular Culture' Dr Jarlath Killeen and Dr Melanie Otto

Ian completed an M.Phil. in Popular Literature (2010-11) and a doctoral thesis on contemporary Robinsonade literature (2011-14) in the School of English. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles/chapters on Dan Brown’s popular fiction; islands as imaginary worlds; the wuxia films of Zhang Yimou; scatology and the myth of paradise; reality television and American neo-colonialism; Tolkien’s The Hobbit; and 16th Theatre. His monograph, Theorising Literary Islands: The Island Trope in Contemporary Robinsonade Narratives, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016, along with a co-edited collection of essays entitled Landscapes of Liminality: Between Places and Spaces. Ian is also a co-founding member of the Island Poetics Research Hub, based at the University of Zurich.

Contemporary Literature; Popular Literature and Culture; Anglo-American Literature; Robinsonade Literature; Island Studies; Pacific Island Writings; Adventure Fiction

Zosia Kuczyńska

'Time and Space in the Plays of Brian Friel'

Prof Nicholas Grene and Prof Christopher Morash

Zosia is a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholar. She gained her BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford (Exeter College) and her MA in English (Irish Writing) from Queen’s University Belfast. She worked as an editorial assistant on the forthcoming OUP publication The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre. She has taught modules on D. H. Lawrence, Poetry, Irish Writing, and Shakespeare. Other research interests include the poetry and radio plays of Louis MacNeice.

Time; Space; Brian Friel; Theatre

Dr Megan Kuster
'Unsettling belongings: settler colonialism in the selected works of Jean Rhys and Elizabeth Bowen'

Dr Melanie Otto

My research interests are in postcolonial and environmental literature, including settler studies, belonging, identity construction, narratives of climate justice and Caribbean studies and culture.

My PhD research examined settler narratives of belonging, concentrating on the fiction of Elizabeth Bowen and Jean Rhys. Focusing on places—including the colonial house, the metropolitan public park, the seaside, and London during and after the Blitz—I traced the development of Bowen’s and Rhys’s conceptualisation of settler identity in their writing from 1927 to 1968.

I also work and research in the field of educational access and widening participation.

Ecocriticism; Post-Colonial; Social Justice; Access and Widening Participation

Julie Angelica Le Blanc
'Depictions of the Morrígain in 20th and 21st century British and Irish Children's Literature' Dr Helen Conrad-O’Briain

Julie is a third-year PhD student in the School of English. She received a BA in English from the University of Florida in 2009 and an MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Her primary research interests are in translation, adaptation, and transformation of texts between cultures and time periods. Julie's current research explores adaptations of medieval Irish material in 20th and 21st century British and Irish Children’s Literature, focusing on the depiction and adaptation of the Irish war-goddess, the Morrígain.

Children’s Literature; Medieval Irish Literature; Mythology; Medievalism

Conor Linnie

'Envoy: A Review of Literature and Art and post-war Dublin culture' Prof Gerald Dawe

Irish Research Council Scholar (2012-15), A.J. Leventhal Scholar (2015).

PhD candidate at Trinity College (2012-present).

My thesis considers the Irish literary magazine, Envoy (1949-51), within the transitional social and cultural contexts post-war Dublin.

Publications include: 'An Anxious Seaward Gaze: Nevill Johnson, Surrealism, and the Second World War', Irish Culture and Wartime Europe 1938-1948, eds. Dorothea Depner and Guy Woodward (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015).

I have previously taught courses on Romanticism and Modernism.

James Little

'Beckett and the Politics of Confinement'


James Little is a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholar whose primary research interests are in modern Irish writing. His Ph.D. thesis examines the career-long engagement with confinement in the work of Samuel Beckett. He has taught courses on Irish writing and modernism and will teach a module on literary theory in 2016-17.

Publications include an article on Beckett and Václav Havel in Litteraria Pragensia (winter 2015) and another on J.M. Synge in the Irish University Review (autumn 2016). A former co-convenor of the TCD Staff–Postgraduate Seminar Series, he has co-organised DRAFF, a conference on lesser-studied aspects of the work of Samuel Beckett, and is co-organiser of the Institutions and Ireland conference series.

Beckett; Confinement; Carceral; Space; Politics

Dr Anthony McGrath


Having received my B. A. in English and Philosophy from University College Cork, I went on to take my M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Trinity College Dublin.

My doctoral dissertation - which is currently being prepared for publication - examines the relationship between the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the forms and themes of Beckett’s critical and creative writings. I am currently working on various teaching and research projects relating to the following: Existentialism; Calvinist Theology; Reformation History; Romanticism; Simone Weil; Iris Murdoch; Gustav Mahler; Giacomo Leopardi; Martin Heidegger; Vincent Van Gogh; and Edvard Munch.

I gained employment as a tutor in the Philosophy Department at UCC in 2004. In that role I provided classes to undergraduates on the work of Plato, Existentialism, and Psychoanalysis. Following a number of years of secondary school teaching, my work as a Teaching Assistant at TCD commenced in 2011; in that capacity I have been responsible for providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Shakespeare, Irish Writing, and Romanticism.

My commitment to promoting a public understanding of the history of the arts and ideas inspired my decision to form the Waterford Philosophical Society in 2005. Since then I have delivered weekly lectures on a diverse range of literary and intellectual topics to the members of that group. While my teaching experience has been immeasurably enriched by such activities, I have also gained many insights into the organisational imperatives of educational programmes and the importance of impactful public engagement. In 2011 I arranged the inaugural series of Bloomsday celebrations in Waterford. Owing to my efforts, Bloomsday has been marked in Waterford on an annual basis since that year.
Brian McManus
'The Construction of Irish Identity in Irish-American Children's Literature of the Early-Twentieth Century'


University of Dublin, Trinity College, B.A. Hons. Nua-Ghaeilge & English Literature 2005-09

University of Dublin, Trinity College, M.Phil. Children’s Literature 2012-13

PhD Candidate at Trinity College 2013-Present

Currently conducting thesis research into the construction of Irish identity in Irish-American children’s literature of the early-twentieth century

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College 2014-15, and 2015-16 in Shakespeare: Text, Stage, Screen and Irish Writing 1890 - 1945

Children’s Literature; Irish-American Literature; Diasporic Literature; Irish Identities; Irish Women Writers

Dr Dolores McLoughlin


I did my first degree at University College Dublin, majoring in English and Philosophy. I graduated with an MPhil in Literatures of the Americas from Trinity College Dublin in 2009.  My dissertation focused on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self Reliance” and the writing of Louisa May Alcott and Sarah Orne Jewett.  I went on to do a PhD on the work of Maeve Brennan and Nomadic Consciousness, at Trinity College Dublin which I completed in 2012. Since 2010, I have been an Occasional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant in the School of English.

I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My teaching interests are in the areas of Postcolonial literature and theory, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Diasporic writing.

My main research interest is in the area of Postcolonial literature, in particular the work of Irish women writers.

Postcolonial; International; Diaspora; Nomadic; Exile

Áine Madden


''One doesn't read Jane Austen; one re-reads Jane Austen.:' Re-reading Jane Austen through fanfiction' Dr Jarlath Killeen

University of Dublin, Trinity College, B.A. Hons. English and French 2004-2008
University of Dublin, Trinity College, M. Phil in Popular Literature 2009-2010
PhD Candidate at University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2014-Present
Recipient of TCD Studentship Award.
The aim of my thesis is to explore Jane Austen’s afterlife in popular culture through an examination of fanfiction inspired by Pride and Prejudice. The thesis will consider fanfiction as a form of literary and cultural criticism that has the potential to illuminate reader response and to deepen our understanding of Austen’s place in popular culture.

I taught on the Victorianism course in HT 2015. In addition to my experience working as a teaching assistant in Trinity, I also have two years’ experience teaching English as a second language in Ireland and South Korea.

Jane Austen Studies; Popular Culture Theory; Reception History; Reader Response Criticism; Fan Studies; Fanfiction; Jane Austen Fandom

Danielle Magnusson
''Reading the Household': Towards an Economic and Textual Understanding of Early English Drama' N/A

Dr. Danielle Magnusson’s primary field of research is early English drama, specializing in medieval literature, sixteenth-century literature, manuscript studies and book history. Her doctoral thesis, "Reading the Household: Towards an Economic and Textual Understanding of Early English Drama," was completed at the University of Washington in 2015. She has since worked as a Research Assistant in TCD’s Department of History of Art and Architecture on the "Migrant Manuscripts: The Western Manuscripts of the Chester Beatty Collection" project.

Dr. Magnusson has taught medieval and early modern literature at universities in the US and Ireland.

Drama, Medieval Literature; Early Modern Literature; Book History

Dr Noelle Mann

Noelle Mann holds a BA and MA in English from Manchester University, and recently completed a PhD in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Mann’s primary area of interest is the culture of nomadic communities, including Irish and Scottish Travellers. Her particular focus is on music and oral history, including storytelling, and its representation in textual form. A related area of interest is the medieval development of the fable genre, and the use of animals in moral teachings.

Dr. Mann is also a writer for Travellers’ Voice Magazine, reporting on music, culture and Roma issues.

Multi-disciplinary; Irish Travellers; Scottish Travellers; Minority Cultures; Music; Storytelling; Fables

Dr Wendy Mooney

'William Allingham in his Contexts' Prof Terence Brown

I am a lecturer and tutor in Irish Literature, Poetry and Victorianism. I completed my thesis, on the Irish Victorian poet, William Allingham, in 2011. I have been tutoring in the School of English, TCD, since 2008. I also teach in UCD and recently gave a lecture course in Irish literature for the American Institute of Foreign Study.  Other research interests are contemporary Irish literature - particularly poetry – and the relationship between art and literature. My poems have been published in various journals and newspapers, including Poetry Ireland Review, New Irish Writing and Crannóg.

Irish; Victorian; Poetry; Exile; Famine; Folk Culture; Pre-Raphaelites

Nora Moroney

'The Contribution of Irish Writers to British Periodicals in the 1890s'

BA in English Literature and History, Trinity College Dublin (2014)

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College 2015-16

Victorian; Irish Writing; London; Journalism; Transnational

Alexandra Nica

'City Rhythms: Patterns of Identity Formation in Early 20th Century London' Prof Eve Patten

My dissertation locates itself at the intersection of literary and urban studies and it aims to understand the co-dependencies among individuals, intellectual communities, and the city space in early 20th century London.

Poetry; Literary Traditions; Narrative

Georgina Nugent-Folan

'Comparative study of Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett' Dr Sam Slote

Georgina Nugent-Folan completed her B.A. in English at Trinity College, graduating with a 1.1 in 2010. She was elected a Trinity Scholar in 2008 and was also awarded the Trinity Gold medal. In addition to her PhD research, for which she was awarded an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship, she is preparing a digital genetic edition of Samuel Beckett's Compagnie/ Company as part of the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. Articles on Beckett and/or Stein have been published in the Journal of Beckett Studies 22.1(April 2013), 24.1 (April 2015), The Southern Review (Spring 2015) and Samuel Beckett Today/ Aujourd'hui (December 2015). Her essay on Beckett, "Samuel Beckett: Going On in Style," published in The Southern Review in Spring 2015, is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Anglo-American and European Modernist literature and Visual Art; Irish Modern and Contemporary Fiction; American Modern and Contemporary Fiction; Genetic Criticism; Digital Humanities

Dr Emily O'Brien


Dr Emily O'Brien is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, currently writing her monograph on early modern murder narratives, under the mentorship of Dr Amanda Piesse. She completed her IRCHSS-funded PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2013 and has taught and lectured on Shakespeare and sixteenth-century literature.

Shauna O’Brien

'Persian Shakespeares: Between the Global, the Local, and the Exilic' Dr Ema Vyroubalová

Trinity College Dublin, B.A. (Hons) English Studies, 2008 - 2012.
PhD candidate at Trinity College, 2012 - present.
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2016.

Shauna O’Brien is currently completing her PhD entitled ‘Persian Shakespeares: Between the Global, the Local, and the Exilic’.
Her research interests lie predominantly in the field of Global Shakespeare Studies.

Teaching Assistant on the ‘Stages of Theatre’ module in 2013, and on the ‘Shakespeare: Text, Screen, Stage’ module in 2013/14.

Global Shakespeare Studies; Adaptation; Exile; Censorship

Mary O'Byrne

Working Title: 'The Phenomenology of Death and Human Consciousness and the Inner Workings of Time in the stage plays of Samuel Beckett"

Prof Chris Morash

A graduate of University College Dublin with a B.A in Social Science in 1982, Mary worked in the public service for over twenty years, obtaining a Masters of Public Administration in UCD in 1989. She completed a Masters of Drama and Performance in UCD in 2010 and began her PhD as a John and Pat Hume Scholar in National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2011, transferring to TCD in 2012. Mary works as a Teaching Assistant, in the School of English, TCD and she is the Convenor of Beckett Reading Group established in 2014 to the present.

Samuel Beckett; Literature and Phenomenology; Theatre; Performance

Lara O’Muirithe

'Appropriating the Visual Experience: A Stylistic Analysis of Aidan Higgins's Textual Representations of Space and Imagery'

Dr Tom Walker

I obtained my BA (Hons) in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London), where I studied art from antiquity to the present. After this, I graduated with an MPhil in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin’s Oscar Wilde Centre.

My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Tom Walker, involves a stylistic analysis of Aidan Higgins’s prose. I am a recipient of the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (2015-2019). Recently, I conducted research on Christa Wolf’s life writing as part of an MPhil module entitled ‘Postmodernity in Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe’.

‘Theories of Literature’ (Upcoming: Michaelmas Term 2016)

Aesthetics; Art Historiography; Experimental Writing; Poetics; History and Memory

Stephen O’Neill

'The country and the city in the Irish novel, 1922-65'


Queen’s University Belfast, B.A. Hons, English, 2008-10

Queen’s University Belfast, M.A., English (Irish Writing), 2010-11

PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin, 2013-Present

I’m currently investigating the country and the city in the Irish novel in the post-partition era. My research is generously funded by the Irish Research Council.

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin 2014-Present in ‘Realism and the Novel’ and ‘Irish Writing 1890-1945’.

With Anne Thompson and James Little, I was co-convenor of the Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series for the School of English in the academic year 2014-15.

With Aoife Dempsey, current TA Representative, 2014-15.

Dr Conor Reid


I completed my PhD in the School of English in 2013, examining the interaction of science and popular fiction, with a particular focus on the works of American author Edgar Rice Burroughs. My research interests include popular literature, particularly science fiction and adventure fiction, as well as the field of literature and science. In Trinity, I have taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Victorianism, Non-Realist Writing, and Popular Literature.

Popular Literature; Literature and Science; Science fiction; American Literature; Victorian Literature; Fin-de-Siècle Literature

Dr Margaret Robson



Dr Robson studied for her BA at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College and at the University of York, where she completed her MA and DPhil degrees.
Dr Robson has taught at universities in the UK and Ireland and while her principal interests are in Medieval Arthurian literature, she has taught on a wide range of courses from Fables through to the lecture course on the realist novel and given lectures and papers on Philip Larkin and the works of Don DeLillo.

Kate Roddy



Dr Kate Roddy is an occasional lecturer, tutor and seminar leader at Trinity College, UCD, and DCU. She teaches on a wide variety of courses, including Shakespeare, English poetry, seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature and contemporary popular literature. 

Her PhD thesis (TCD, 2010) focussed on Tudor polemical literature in the period 1528-1563. She has subsequently presented and published on figures such as Anne Askew, John Bale, William Tyndale, John Foxe and Thomas Becon. 

She has a secondary research interest in comic book studies and is co-editor of the essay collection Grant Morrison and the Superhero Renaissance: Critical Essays (2015).

Sixteenth-Century Literature; Reformation; Martyrologies; Comic Book Studies, Superhero Comics; Gender; Sexuality

Dr Paul Raphael Rooney


Dr Paul Raphael Rooney is a Government of Ireland Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English where is working on a study of publisher’s series circulated via railway bookstalls in late-nineteenth-century Ireland and England. His doctoral studies completed at the National University of Ireland, Galway reflect his wider research interests in the history of reading and the Victorian popular novel.  He has published in Victorian Periodicals Review and Women’s Writing and has publications forthcoming in Publishing History and in the edited collection, Victorian Fiction Beyond the Canon. He is also co-editing the forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan volume, Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience.

Book History; Victorian Literature; Popular Fiction

Dr Peter Rooney


I completed my Ph.D from the University College Cork in 2007 under the supervision of Dr Lee Jenkins.  My work focused on primitivism in the works of Ernest Hemingway. In particular, how Hemingway's exposure to Native Americans in his youth influenced his writing.  Hemingway creates a unique version of primitivism, one that portrays Native Americans in a more naturalistic light. I have an article on Hemingway's primitivism published in the Irish Journal of American studies and am currently working on a book on the same subject.  My field of interests include 20th Century American literature, as well as Modernism.

Hemingway, Primitivism, Native American, Modernism, Short Story

Stefano Rosignoli

'A Comparative Textual Analysis of the Ethics of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett' Dr Sam Slote

Stefano Rosignoli received degrees in Modern Literature (2006) and Publishing Studies (2008) from the University of Bologna. He worked in publishing for several years and gradually increased his interest in academic research, currently addressing moral philosophy and 20th-century Irish literature. He has been awarded scholarships from Trinity College Dublin and The University at Buffalo. Together with Mark Byron, he co-edited a dossier on Samuel Beckett and the Middle Ages, published in a celebratory issue marking the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Beckett Studies (25.1). He is also the author of a chapter on the sociology of Beckett’s texts in the years of the broadcasts for BBC Radio (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Modernism and 20th-Century Literature; Moral Philosophy; Textual Scholarship

Genevieve Sartor
'Lucia Contra Lacan: A Joycean Challenge to Seminar XXIII' Dr

Concordia University, Montreal. B.A. Hons. English Literature and Philosophy 2008-2012
The University of Edinburgh. MScR Critical Theory 2012-2013
Trinity College, Dublin. PhD English Literature 2015-Present

My research concerns a reading of Finnegans Wake with a focus on Joyce’s relationship with his allegedly schizophrenic daughter Lucia, in order to highlight the paternal—and significantly Oedipal—attributes of the text.I do this in order to critique Jacques Lacan’s seminar on Joyce.

My research is funded internally by the TCD Ussher Award (2015­18).

James Joyce; Literary Modernism; Psychoanalysis; Critical Theory

James Scanlon

''Till Time and Times Are Done:' W.B. Yeats and Apocalyptic Narrative' Prof Nicholas Grene and Prof Chris Morash

I am a graduate of TCD’s School of Law (LL.B, 1990) and School of English (M. Phil, 2013). I am currently working on a PhD that takes, as its starting point, Frank Kermode’s analysis, in The Sense of an Ending, of the apocalyptic elements in Yeats’s work, and in modernist literature more generally. My research explores the different forms that the apocalyptic narrative takes in Yeats’s writings, including his poetry and autobiographies, as well as the works that embody more directly his metaphysical and historical thinking.

Yeats, Eschatology; Narratology

Kate Smyth

'Explorations of 'an Alien Past:' Memory and Place in the short fiction of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood'


BA in English and Psychological Studies, NUI Galway (2007-2010)
MA in Writing, NUI Galway (2010-2011)
M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas, Trinity College Dublin (2011-2012)

Doctoral Candidate, Trinity College Dublin (2014- Present)

Kate's research looks at the interactions between memory, identity, and place in the Canadian short story, specifically those of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood. In 2015, she was awarded Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate funding. She is an Early Career and Postgraduate representative for the Irish Association of American Studies, a co-convenor of the 2015-2016 Staff-Postgraduate Seminars in the School of English at TCD, and a teaching assistant in American Genres.

Short Story Form; Canadian Studies; Memory Theory; Identity; Place; Transnationalism

Stephen Stacey
'Samuel Beckett and French Before the Linguistic Turn' Dr Sam Slote

University of Dublin, Trinity College, B.A. (Hons), English and French
University of Oxford, M.St. in Modern Languages, French and Old French

Stephen Stacey’s thesis re-examines Beckett’s engagement with French by focusing upon that understudied body of French-language material produced by the author prior to 1947. This research is supported by the Peter Irons/School of English Studentship.

Alongside research, he works as a Teaching Assistant within the School of English. To date, he has tutored on the 'Enlightenment' and 'Introduction to Modernism' courses.

He is currently co-organising ‘DRAFF’, a bilingual Beckett conference which will take place in August 2016. Further information can be found at

Beckett; Bilingualism; Materialism; Modernism; Publishing History; Translation

Yuhki Takebayashi

"Re-examining Oliver Goldsmith's Historical-Writings" Dr David O'Shaughnessy

I am from Tokyo, Japan. I previously read History as an undergraduate student and Criminology as a M.Sc. student at the University of Edinburgh. After completing the M.Phil. in Early Modern History at TCD I began researching Oliver Goldsmith’s historical-writings under the supervision of Dr. O’Shaughnessy. My research interests are diverse, but I am especially intrigued by Enlightenment historiography.

Oliver Goldsmith; Historiography; Enlightenment; Irishness

David Turpin
'Electric Fur, Exhilarated Birds: Nature and Animals in E. E. Cummings and Mina Loy' Dr Philip Coleman

My principal area of interest is literary representations of the transformation of humans into animals (therianthropy).  For my PhD thesis, I examined this subject in the work of the Modernist poets E. E. Cummings and Mina Loy. After passing the Viva Voce examination in November 2015, I expect to be conferred in Spring 2016.  I am now reworking material from the thesis for articles, and beginning work on a monograph on therianthropy in interwar English literature.  Outside of TCD, I lecture in Modern English and Cinema Studies at IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

American Poetry; Animal Symbolism; Modernism; Mythopoeia

John Wilkins

'Black Gay Male Identity in the African Diasporic Novel'

Dr Melanie Otto

I am a U.S. National working on my PhD here in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. I am interested in the way that Literature, as an archaeological artefact, reveals constructions of gender, race, and sexuality.

Black Gay Male Identity in the African Diaspora