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Postgraduate Student Handbook

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Postgraduate Representatives

A number of registered postgraduate research students serve as representatives for the broader graduate community in the School of English every year (excluding MPhil students, who have their own class representatives for each taught programme). The Graduate Students’ Union oversees the election of these representatives, which usually takes place in September. Teaching Assistants in the School also have a representative.

The current PGR and TA (Teaching Assistant) representatives in the School are Casey Lawrence and Adrian Howlett. Casey and Adrian attend School committee meetings, liaise with individual TAs and postgraduates, and host occasional TA and PG meetings. They also maintain the TA office in room 316, 3-4 Foster Place. Casey and Adrian can be contacted directly at:  Clawrenc@tcd.ie and ahowlett@tcd.ie respectively.

 

Current Research Students

Halila Bayramova

Name: 

Halila Bayramova

Email:

bayramoh@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Sam Slote

Dissertation Title:

Towards a Digital Genetic Edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake Chapter II.2

Projected Completion: 

September 2020

Funding:

Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Studentship 1252

Background: 

BA (Hons) in English Philology from the Azerbaijan University of Languages; MA in English Linguistics & Literature from the University of Antwerp

Research keywords:

manuscript genetics, digital textual editing, Irish modernism, TEI, genetic criticism

Eva Burke

Name: 

Eva Burke

Email:

burkeev@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Clare Clarke

Dissertation Title:

Safer to be feared than loved: The Domestic Noir Fiction of Gillian Flynn

Projected Completion:

August 2020

Funding:

Irish Research Council

Background: 

B.A. (Hons) in Humanities from St. Patrick’s College, Carlow. MPhil in Popular Literature, Trinity College Dublin (2014-15).

Research keywords:

Gillian Flynn, Popular literature, crime fiction, feminism

Alicia Byrne Keane

Name: 

Alicia Byrne Keane

Email:

byrnekea@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Samuel Slote 

Dissertation Title:

Beckett and Murakami's 'Vaguened' Worlds

Projected Completion:

September 2021

Funding:

Irish Research Council 

Background: 

BA (English Literature and French), Trinity College Dublin. MSt (English Literature 1900-Present), Oxford University 

Research keywords:

Beckett Studies, Translation Studies, Spatial Theory, Japanese Studies, World Literature

Siobhán Callaghan

Name: 

Siobhán Callaghan

Email:

callagsi@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Pádraic Whyte

Dissertation Title:

The displaced children of the Second World War in historical fiction for children

Projected Completion:

2022 

Funding:

Irish Research Council 

Background: 

BA in English and Drama, M.Phil. in Children’s Literature

Research keywords:

children's literature, historical fiction, displacement, war 

Sarah Cullen

Name: 

Sarah Cullen

Email:

scullen5@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Prof Stephen Matterson

Dissertation Title:

Laying in the Dark: The Literary Night in Nineteenth-Century American Prose

Projected Completion:

September 2019

Funding:

Irish Research Council

Background: 

Postgraduate Fellow at the Eccles Centre for American Studies (2017-18)

Research keywords:

Night Studies, American Literature, Nocturnal Gothic, Race & Gender

Orlaith Darling

Name: 

Orlaith Darling

Email:

darlingo@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Paul Delaney

Dissertation Title:

'Something familiar about the shape': association and alienation in contemporary Irish women's short fiction

Projected Completion:

September 2023

Funding:

Irish Research Council

Background: 

BA TSM English Literature and History Trinity College Dublin (2014-18); MSc Literature and Modernity 1900-present University of Edinburgh (2018-19)

Research keywords:

Short fiction; Irish writing; women's writing

Janice Deitner

Name: 

Janice Deitner

Email:

deitnerj@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Bernice Murphy 

Dissertation Title:

"You Know": Bodies of Knowledge in Shirley Jackson's America 

Projected Completion:

September 2023 

Funding:

TCD Provost’s PhD Project Award 

Background: 

BA in English Studies, TCD

Research keywords:

American Literature, American Gothic, Horror Studies, Popular Literature, Shirley Jackson

Martina Devlin

Name: 

Martina Devlin 

Email:

devlinm1@tcd.ie 

Supervisor(s):

Dr Paul Delaney and Dr Carlo Gébler 

Dissertation Title:

‘Signals From The Other Side: How the Somerville and Ross canon was shaped’ 

Projected Completion:

September 2021

Funding:

Pyle Postgraduate Bursary (2019-20)

Background: 

BA, University of London (1995), MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin (1997)

Research keywords:

Irish Women Writers, Spiritualism, Feminism, Identity, Hybridity, Somerville and Ross

Orla Donnelly

Name:

Orla Donnelly

Email:

ordonnel@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Clare Clarke

Dissertation Title:

'Sherlock Holmes, "Dark Tourism" and the Late Victorian Periodical Press'

Projected Completion:

August 2024

Funding:

Provost Research Project Award

Background:

B.A. (Hons) in English, Media and Cultural Studies, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (I.A.D.T.) M.Phil in Popular Literature, Trinity College Dublin (2014-15).

Research Keywords:

Nineteenth-century Literature, Crime and Detective Fiction, 'Dark Tourism', Slum Journalism

Anna Donovan

Name: 

Anna Donovan

Email:

donovaa1@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Prof Aileen Douglas

Dissertation Title:

Frances Burney: Sympathy, Sincerity, and National Identity, 1778-1814

Projected Completion:

September 2020 

Background: 

BA in New Media and English, University of Limerick (2015); MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick (2017)

Research keywords:

Eighteenth-century literature; National Identity; Frances Burney; British theatre of the eighteenth-century

Rebecca Easler

Name: 

Rebecca Easler 

Email:

easlerr@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Jarlath Killeen 

Dissertation Title:

Cultural Anxieties and Child Death in the Victorian Novel 

Projected Completion:

September 2023

Background: 

BA English Literature and History, Concordia College Moorhead (2014); MSc in Literature and Society, University of Edinburgh (2017)

Research keywords:

child studies, Victorian literature, fairy tales, social criticism, nineteenth-century concepts of death 

Moonyoung Hong 

Name: 

Moonyoung Hong 

Email:

hongm@tcd.ie 

Supervisor(s):

Prof Chris Morash & Prof Nicholas Grene

Dissertation Title:

Tom Murphy’s Theatre of Everyday Space

Projected Completion:

September 2021 

Funding:

Ussher Fellowship 

Background: 

BA in English Language and Literature, Hanyang University, Seoul (2014); MPhil in Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin (2016) 

Research keywords:

Modern Drama; Contemporary Theatre; Irish Literature; Tom Murphy; Everyday Space 

Dearbhaile Houston

Name: 

Dearbhaile Houston 

Email:

dhouston@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Philip Coleman 

Dissertation Title:

Hauntologies of Domestic Space in Contemporary Women’s Fiction, 1980-Present 

Projected Completion:

August 2021 

Funding:

TCD Postgraduate Research Studentship (1252) 

Background: 

BA in English and New Media, University of Limerick (2015), MPhil in Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin (2017)

Research keywords:

Contemporary fiction; women's writing; domestic space; feminism; hauntology; Alice Munro; Anne Enright; Lorrie Moore

Adrian Howlett

Name: 

Adrian Howlett 

Email:

ahowlett@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Sam Slote 

Dissertation Title:

The Hibernian Cosmopolis 

Projected Completion:

August 2021

Funding:

SUSI (partial); Trinity Travel Grant 

Background: 

BA (Hons) English, Liverpool John Moores University; M.Phil Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin 

Research keywords:

James Joyce; Don DeLillo; technology; modernity; postmodernity; finance; time

Alexander Jones

Name: 

Alexander Jones 

Email:

jonesa5@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Tom Walker 

Dissertation Title:

Louis MacNeice and Writing of the Mind

Projected Completion:

August 2020

Funding:

Ussher Fellowship (2016-2019); IRC (2019-2020) 

Background: 

MA in English, University of Aberdeen (2014); MPhil in Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin (2015)

Research keywords:

Irish literature; Louis MacNeice; Psychoanalysis; Philosophy of mind; modernism


Marion Kelly

Name: 

Marion Kelly 

Email:

kellym63@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Paul Delaney 

Dissertation Title:

‘Conor Cruise O’Brien: The Pre-eminence of the Poetic’

Projected Completion:

December 2019 

Funding:

Irish Research Council

Background: 

MA in Art in the Contemporary World (National College of Art and Design, Dublin); BA in History and Sociology, Maynooth University 

Research keywords:

Conor Cruise O’Brien, Irish Studies, Intellectual and cultural History, Society and Literature

Nuria de Cos Lara

Name: 

Nuria de Cos Lara 

Email:

decoslan@tcd.ie

Supervisor(s):

Dr Tom Walker and Dr Ciara O'Hagan (Hispanic Studies) 

Dissertation Title:

Religious attitudes in the poetry of W. B. Yeats and Juan Ramón Jiménez 

Projected Completion:

September 2020

Funding:

Peter Irons, A. J. Leventhal Travel Scholarship, La Caixa Foundation Scholarship 

Background: 

BA in English Studies, Complutense University of Madrid, MPhil in Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin 

Research keywords:

Modernism/Modernity, Comparative Literature, W.B. Yeats, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Religion

Casey Lawrence

Name: 

Casey Lawrence

Email:

clawrenc@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Sam Slote 

Dissertation Title:

‘The New Womanly Man’: Crossdressing and gender inversion in Joyce and his contemporaries

Projected Completion:

September 2022

Funding:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Background: 

MA, Brock University (Canada)

Research keywords:

James Joyce; Modernism; crossdressing; gender; queer

Ziyun Liu

Name: 

Ziyun Liu

Email:

liuz1@tcd.ie

Supervisor(s):

Professor Andy Murphy

Dissertation Title:

'The Dissemination and Reception of Works from the Irish Literary Revival in Republican China'

Projected Completion:

September 2024

Background: 

BA in Editing and Publishing, BIGC (Beijing), MPhil in Textual and Visual Studies, TCD (Dublin)

Amelia McConville

Name: 

Amelia McConville 

Email:

amcconv@tcd.ie 

Supervisor(s):

Dr Philip Coleman & Prof Mani Ramaswami (Genetics)

Dissertation Title:

Poetry Studies and Neurohumanities: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Projected Completion:

September 2021

Funding:

1252 Student Scholarship

Background: 

BA English and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin

Research keywords:

Poetry Studies, Visual Poetry, Neurohumanities

Margaret Masterson

Name: 

Margaret Masterson

Email:

mmasters@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Jane Suzanne Carroll

Dissertation Title:

Maria Edgeworth, Mary Pollard, and the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books: constructing, collecting and conserving girlhood in the children’s literature archive

Projected Completion:

September 2023

Background: 

Loyola University New Orleans, USA, Bachelor of Music Therapy, 1991
Dominican University, USA, Master of Library and Information Science, 2006
Trinity College Dublin, Master of Philosophy in Children's Literature, 2019
Constantia Maxwell Scholarship, Trinity College Dublin, 2018
Pollard Fellowship in Irish Bibliography, Trinity College Dublin, 2019

Research keywords:

children's literature; Maria Edgeworth; Irish bibliography; book history; print culture; book collection; girlhood studies; childhood studies

Hannah Elizabeth Mathew

Name: 

Hannah Elizabeth Mathew

Email: 

mathewh@tcd.ie

Supervisor: 

Professor Darryl Jones

Dissertation Title: 

'Ten Thousand Imaginary Fires: Biopolitics, Immunity, and the Intellectual in Cold-War Western Dystopias

Projected Completion: 

August 2024

Funding: 

TCD Postgraduate Research Studentship (1252)

Background: 

B.A. (Hons.) in English from Patna Women's College; M.A. in English from Ambedkar University Delhi  

Research keywords: dystopias, biopolitics, cold-war, intellectual outlier, personhood 

Elliott Mills

Name: 

Elliott Mills 

Email:

elmills@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Tom Walker and Dr Sam Slote

Dissertation Title:

Flann O'Brien and the Technologies of Communication 

Projected Completion:

August 2022

Funding:

Irish Research Council 

Background: 

BA(Hons) and MA, University of Manchester 

Research keywords:

Modernism, Irish Studies, New Media, Flann O’Brien

Caitlin Moon

Name: 

Caitlin Moon 

Email:

moonc@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Brendan O’Connell

Dissertation Title:

The Loathly Lady: Dynamic and Didactic Phases of Gender & Disability in Medieval Literature

Projected Completion:

Spring 2021

Background: 

BA, University of Delaware (2015); MA in English, Villanova University (2017), MA Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, Villanova University (2017)

Research keywords:

Medieval Literature, Women, Disability, Gender, Loathly Lady

Joshua Newman

Name

Joshua Newman

Email:

newmanj1@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Samuel Slote

Dissertation Title:

On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Ireland: James Joyce and Nationalist Historiography 

Projected Completion:

December 2019 

Funding:

Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Studentship 1252 

Background: 

BA and MA, University Buffalo 

Research keywords:

James Joyce, history, historiography

James Michael O'Brien

Name:   

James Michael O'Brien

Email:   

obriej47@tcd.ie

Supervisor: 

Dr Philip Coleman

Dissertation Title: 

‘The Going to What Lasts’: A critical and contextual reading of Raymond Carver’s poetry.

Projected Completion: 

2025

Background:

I am currently a teacher (secondary) in the UK. My undergraduate degree was from The University of Edinburgh. 

Research keywords: 

Carver, Poetry, Alcohol, Cure, Transcendental

Mary O'Byrne

Name: 

Mary O'Byrne

Email:

obyrnem1@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Professor Chris Morash 

Dissertation Title:

'The Phenomenology of Death and the Inner-workings of Time in the stage plays of Samuel Beckett.'

Projected Completion:

March 2020

Background: 

BA (Hons) in Social Science from University College Dublin; Master of Public Administration from University College Dublin; Diploma in Arts (Drama) from National University of Ireland Maynooth; Master of Drama and Performance from University College Dublin.

Research keywords:

Phenomenology, Beckett studies, Theatre studies

Julia O’Connell

Name: 

Julia O’Connell 

Email:

oconnej5@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr. Brendan O’Connell 

Dissertation Title:

‘Conflicted Emotions: Grief, Emotional Communities and Anglo-French Rivalry in Late Medieval Literature’

Projected Completion:

September 2020

Funding:

MA in Literature, University of Glasgow (2014); MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University (2015)

Background: 

1252 Studentship (2016-19), IRC Postgraduate Scholarship (2019-20)

Research keywords:

medieval literature, History of Emotions, grief, medieval poetry, multilingual

Claire Poynton-Smith

Name: 

Claire Poynton-Smith

Email:

poyntonc@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Mark Faulkner

Dissertation Title:

Working title: ‘Continuity and Change in the Vernacular Vocabulary of Sainthood, c. 950 — c. 1250’

Projected Completion:

September 2024

Funding:

Provost's PhD Project Award

Background: 

BA Hons English Language and Literature, University of Oxford (2012-2015); Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education with Distinction, University of Leicester (2015-2016); MA Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies, University of Nottingham (2018-2019)

Research keywords:

Medieval literature; late Old English; early Middle English; twelfth-century English; Saints' Lives; gender; historical linguistics

Esther Reilly

Name: 

Esther Reilly

Email:

reillyes@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Jarlath Killeen

Dissertation Title:

'The Physical and Mental Disabilities of Freakish Bodied Characters in 19th-Century Fiction'

Projected Completion:

September 2023

Background: 

BA in English Literature, University of Pittsburgh (2018), MPhil in Children's Literature, Trinity College Dublin (2019)

Research keywords:

Freakery; Disability Studies; Victorian Cultural Studies; Critical Body Studies; Victorian Freak Shows 

Stefano Rosignoli

Name: 

Stefano Rosignoli

Email:

rosignos@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Sam Slote

Dissertation Title:

A Comparative Textual Analysis of the Ethics of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.

Projected Completion:

30 September 2020

Background: 

Modern Literature (2006) and Publishing Studies (2008), University of Bologna

Research keywords:

James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, textual scholarship, moral philosophy.

Eric Swartz

Name:

Eric Swartz

Email:

swartze@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr. Julie Bates

Dissertation Title:

Sewers, Oil Rigs, and Other Messy, Misbehaving Infrastructure in Contemporary Fiction

Projected Completion:

September 2024

Funding:

1252 Studentship

Background:

BA in English, Belmont Abbey College (2018). MPhil in Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin (2019).

Research keywords:

world literature, literature in translation, infrastructure, networks, engineering, Flann O'Brien

Amudha Mathur Vinayagamoorthy

Name: 

Amudha Mathur Vinayagamoorthy

Email:

mathurva@tcd.ie 

Supervisor:

Dr Pádraic Whyte

Dissertation Title:

The Politics of Trauma in the Disintegration of Childhood and Nationhood as Observed in Young Adult Literature of South Asia

Projected Completion:

September 2024

Background: 

MA in English, Stella Maris College, University of Madras (2017) 

Research keywords:

Children's Literature; Young Adult Fiction; South Asian Literature; Trauma Studies

Bowen Wang

Name: 

Bowen Wang

Email:

bowang@tcd.ie

Supervisor:

Dr Philip Coleman

Dissertation Title:

Loy, cummings, Barnes: Painter-Poets and Modernist Ut Pictura Poesis

Projected Completion:

September 2023

Funding:

TCD-CSC (China Scholarship Council) Joint Scholarship Programme

Background: 

BA English Language and Literature, Sun Yat-sen University (2016), MSc Literature and Modernity, University of Edinburgh (2018)

Research keywords:

Modernism and postmodernism; intermediality (between literature and art); ut pictura poesis; experimental poetics; visual aesthetics