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

Research and Teaching Interests

I completed my undergraduate and doctoral degrees in the School of English in Trinity, and returned in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow. I have previously taught in universities in Monterrey, Mexico, and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. My research is focused on modern and contemporary literature, theatre and visual art, and I have a particular interest in material culture and experimental forms in these media.

My doctoral thesis charted Samuel Beckett's material imagination and evolving creative praxis through a group of objects that recur in over half a century of his writing. A monograph based on the thesis will be published by Cambridge University Press as Beckett's Art of Salvage in 2016.

I am at present developing two major research projects: Literature and Material Culture in Modern Ireland explores how literary representations of certain recurring objects illustrates the dramatic cultural shifts that have occurred in modern Ireland, and will draw on the resources of the National Museum of Ireland.

The second project, Pieces of Time, explores how time-worn materials function as sites of knowledge for the otherwise imperceptible changes to the physical and psychological self in contemporary literature and art, particularly the works of the Turkish and Hungarian writers Orhan Pamuk and László Krasznahorkai,and the French-American and British artists Louise Bourgeois and Cornelia Parker.

I contribute to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of English and Oscar Wilde Centre. These include the Sophister options 'Yeats' and 'Irish Writing and Material Culture,' the Freshman 'Stages of Theatre' course and the M.Phil 'Ireland on Stage' option.

Selected Publications

  • Beckett’s Art of Salvage (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).

  • ‘Beckett at the Gate,' Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, eds. Nicholas Grene and Christopher Morash (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).

  • ‘Writing homelessness: the fugitive literature of Samuel Beckett and W.G Sebald’, Irish Culture and Wartime Europe 1938-48, eds. Dorothea Depner and Guy Woodward (Dublin: Four Courts, 2015).

  • ‘Beckett’s Maternal Miscellany’, New Voices: Inherited Lines, eds. Claudia Reese and Yvonne O’Keeffe (New York: Peter Lang, 2013).

  • ‘Humble Relics: Beckett and van Gogh’s old boots’, Relational Designs in Literature and the Arts: Page and Stage, Canvas and Screen, ed. Rui Carvalho Homem (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012).


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