Dr Elizabeth McCarthy B.A. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Dublin)
Elizabeth McCarthy holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin. Her research and teaching interests include popular literature, literature and the visual arts, murder and crime narratives (from penny dreadfuls to serial killer fiction), pulp fiction, noir fiction and film, Post-WW2 teen culture.
She has published essays on Romantic aesthetics and the serial killer, the vampire body and its mutilation, WW1 Propaganda and Post-WW1 American Advertising, the ghost stories of Margaret Oliphant and female juvenile delinquency in 1950s American. She has also co-edited the books Fear: Essays on the Meaning and Experience of Fear (2007) and It Came From the 1950s!: Popular Culture Popular Anxieties (2011). She is the co-founder and editor of the online journal The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (web address: http://irishgothichorrorjournal.homestead.com). She is currently co-editing the book Lost Souls and preparing a number of monographs, including an essay on existential angst in Girl Groups songs of the 1960s.
Since 2010, she taught on the core course of the M.Phil in Popular Literature as well as teaching the term-long option module ‘Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture and Rebellion in the 1950s and 1960s’. From 2003 to the present, she has taught on the following courses at TCD: ‘Romanticism and Revolution’, ‘The Hero: 1660-1830 from Conqueror to Tourist’, ‘Literature and Sexuality’, ‘Realism and the Novel’, ‘Victorianism’, ‘Twentieth Century Science Fiction’, ‘American Gothic’.
- Fear: Essays on The Meaning and Experience of Fear, co-edited with Kate Hebblethwaite, Dublin : Four Courts Press, 2007.
- It Came From the 1950s!: Popular Culture Popular Anxieties, co-edited with Bernice M. Murphy & Darryl Jones, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- ‘The Evil of Creation: The Destructive Aesthetic and the Figure of the Romantic Artist’, in Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity, ed. Breen (2005)
- ‘Death to Vampires! The Vampire Body and the Meaning of Mutilation’, in Vampires: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil ed. Day (2006)
- ‘Evelyn Ankers - Lost Soul’, in The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Issue I (2006)
- ‘“Advertising to Victory”: American Ad Culture and Propaganda in the Wake of World War 1’, in Fear: Essays on The Meaning and Experience of Fear (2007)
- ‘“This Voice Out of the Unseen”: Love, Death and Mourning in the Writing of Margaret Oliphant’, in A Ghostly Genre: Short Fiction & the Supernatural, ed. Stevens and Conrad O’Briain (2010)
- ‘Back to the Fifties – Fixing the Future’, in The Worlds of Back to the Future: Critical Essays on the Films, ed. Ní Fhlainn (2010)
- ‘“Feast your Eyes! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!” Gothic horror – Thinking in Images’, The Gothic Imagination (website http://www.gothic.stir.ac.uk/category/guestblog/dr-elizabeth-mccarthy/) (2010)
- ‘Fast Cars and Bullet Bras: The Image of the Female Juvenile Delinquent in 1950s America’, in It Came From the 1950s! (2011)
During the academic year 2012/13 she will be contributing to the core course on the M.Phil in Popular Literature as well as teaching a term-long option module. She will also be teaching the year-long Sophister seminar series, 'American Hardboiled and Noir Fiction, 1920s-1950s'.