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Popular Literature Lunchtime Lectures

Pop Lit Series

Do you love Lord of the Rings? Potty about Harry Potter? The Popular Literature Lunchtime Lecture Series, hosted by the School of English at Trinity College Dublin, is a series of free public lectures from Irish and international experts on all sorts of popular literature - romance, crime, horror, children's literature, and more.

Running on Wednesdays from 1-2pm in Trinity's Hilary Term (Jan-April) this weekly series takes the form of 30-40 minute lectures followed by a 10 minute open Q&A in which the audience will be invited to offer comments or questions on the topic.

The series is aimed at postgraduate students, staff, and the general public. Perfect for a lunchtime pop lit fix!


1 February 2017 | Young Adult author Moïra Fowley-Doyle talks young adult fiction and popular literature with Dr Jane Carroll (TCD)

8 February 2017 | "Crime Fiction (and The Wire) in the Era of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter" by Dr Andrew Pepper (Queen’s University Belfast)

15 February 2017 | “Swashbuckling in Ruritania: The Prisoner of Zenda and Other Stories” by Professor Nick Daly (University College Dublin)

22 February 2017 | “Another world is possible? Worldbuilding in Popular Culture" by Dr Gerard Hynes (Trinity College Dublin)

6 March 2017 | “Unparalleled Necromancy: Dickens and Performance Magic” by Dr Christopher Pittard (University of Portsmouth) Please note this lecture will take place from 12:30 - 13:30.

22 March 2017 | “‘We Will Have a Happy Marriage If It Kills Him’: Gillian Flynn and the Rise of Domestic Noir” by Dr Bernice M. Murphy (Trinity College Dublin)

29 March 2017 | “Bad Books and Spellbound Readers: Occult Sociability in the Public Library Fictions of Gissing and James” by Professor Christine Ferguson (University of Stirling) - Please note this lecture has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

For further details on the MPhil in Popular Literature, please click here

Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

Last updated 21 March 2017 by Trinity Long Room Hub (Email) .