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California Gothic with Dr Bernice Murphy

School of English Popular Literature lecturer Bernice Murphy has recently returned from California, where she travelled to research her forthcoming book -- California Gothic  -- on the depiction of the Golden State in horror and gothic literature and film. Supported by TCD’s Art and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund, Bernice was able to visit many of the locations that feature in her study. These included San Francisco landmarks such as the TransAmerica pyramid (pictured) and the magnificent City Hall building, both key backdrops in the 1978 film version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, considered by Bernice to be ‘one of the greatest (and most poignant) science fiction/horror movies ever made.’ During the trip she also presented a paper at the biannual ASLE (Association for Study of Literature and Environment) conference held at the University of California, Davis, and was deeply inspired by her train journey across the state’s unique and evocative landscape.

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Yuhki Takebayashi: Goldsmith goes Global… 

The School of English is launching its Global Scholar in Focus series with Yuhki Takebayashi, who comes from Japan and has just completed a PhD on the work of Irish poet and historian Oliver Goldsmith. Yuhki first came to Dublin in 2013 as a student of the M.Phil. programme in Early Modern History. He became fascinated by Goldsmith during this time and applied to pursue his doctoral research with the School of English, under the supervision of eighteenth-century specialist and world-renowned Goldsmith expert, Dr David O’Shaughnessy. Yuhki recalls how he was drawn to Trinity’s rich history and cultural vivacity. ‘I was especially dazzled by the many intellectual and literary luminaries who had passed through the famous College gates, including, of course, Goldsmith’. Yuhki now plans to build on his PhD success – and his valuable teaching experience in the School of English – and make a career in academia. 

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Yuhki Takebayashi