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The School of English has an exceptionally strong research record. The most recent School review commended us for an excellent international standing and an exemplary range of research activities. Members of the teaching staff publish regularly in all areas of current teaching and research activity and there are currently strengths in medieval and early modern, eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, as well as contemporary writing, popular literature, children’s literature, Gothic, American and postcolonial literature. Irish writing in English, 1590-present is an area of particular strength. Members of the School are also active as distinguished creative writers of poetry and fiction. 

School members are research active and publish widely. In the years 2010–2014, members of the School have published collectively: 146 book chapters, 45 journal articles, and 74 books (inclusive of monographs and edited volumes).

Members of the School of English have initiated a number of externally-funded research projects; such as:

  • The National Collection of Children's Books (NCCB): A two-year interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project - School of English (TCD) and Church of Ireland College of Education- funded by the Irish Research Council. NCCB is essentially an online platform, with a catalogue and database, that facilitates the exploration of over 250,000 children's books in over 90 languages from five libraries in Dublin. 

  • The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843: This project draws on manuscript collections at the British and Huntington Libraries to produce the first integrated study of British theatre censorship between the Stage Licensing Act (1737) and the Theatres Act (1843), with particular focus on Irish and Scottish playwrights working in London during this time.

  • Yeats and the Writing of Art: This project investigates the relationship between the work of W. B. Yeats, the visual arts and the discourses of art writing. Yeats came from a family of artists and trained at art school, visual material formed an intrinsic part of his published texts and dramaturgy, and much of his writing was influenced by his reading of art history. Yet the cultural and intellectual contexts of Yeats's preoccupations with visual culture remain largely unexplored. This project addresses these gaps in scholarship by allying archival research to recent advances in verbal-visual study.

  • Early Irish Fiction, c.1660-c.1820 (Publisher: Four Courts Press): This series aims more fully to indicate the diversity and breadth of Irish literature in the period 1680-1820 by providing critical editions of a range of exemplary works of prose fiction. Seven titles published to date [a collaboration with QUB].

The School is home to the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies which can be found here.

Members of the School variously edit, or serve on the editorial advisory boards of other journals, including Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, The Irish University ReviewIrish Journal of American Studies/IJAS Onlinethe James Joyce Quarterly, the Joyce Studies Annual.

  • Staff Research Profiles