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Margot Blankier
''The Sweetest Story Ever Told:' Cinderella in Contemporary American Popular Genre' Dr

New York University, B.A. cum laude Liberal Arts (History and Film) 2008
Trinity College Dublin, M.Phil Popular Literature 2010

Ph.D candidate 2011-present

Conducting research on the fairy tale of ‘Cinderella’ as an ‘American Dream’ narrative for women in the 20th century.

Fairy Tales; Popular Film; Children’s Literature; Popular Romance; Feminism; New Historicism

Joana Blanquer

'The Complexities of Time in Beowulf'


CPGE Montpellier – Lycée Joffre (France) 2009-2012, major in Classics and English

Master’s Degree Paris IV La Sorbonne LLCE English-Research 2014 with honours thesis year one on the Christian elements in Beowulf and year two ‘Between rewriting and reinvention: the Scandinavian analogues to Beowulf’.

PhD candidate from September 2015 to present.

I am looking at how Beowulf works as a sum of Anglo-Saxon attitudes to the measurement and interpretation of time in order to provide an Anglo-Saxon poem on the ancestors.

Beowulf; Anglo-Saxon England; Old Norse Literature; Antiquarianism; Middle Ages; Classics

Eva Burke

'"Down These Clean Streets a Girl Must Go": A Study of the Sensational Origins and Evolution of the Domestic Suspense Genre.'

Dr Clare Clarke

Completed MPhil in Popular Literature at Trinity College, Dublin in 2014-2015. Irish Research Council scholar focusing on the history and popularity of ‘domestic suspense’ fiction. Shortlisted for the FWSA essay prize in 2015 and has published articles in the Journal of International Women’s Studies, Trinity Postgraduate Review and Feminist Spaces. Chapter of MPhil thesis will be published as part of an edited collection From the Domestic to the Dominant: The New Face of Crime Fiction, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.  

Gendered Dynamics of Victimhood in Popular Crime Fiction and Depictions of the Monstrous Feminine in Horror Fiction.  

Laura Byrne

'Lolita and the Mythologies of Femininity'


BA Double Honours English and Philosophy, Maynooth University, 2003-2006.

MA in Gender and Writing, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, 2007-2008.

Doctoral Candidate, Trinity College Dublin, 2013—

My thesis examines issues of gender construction in the novels of Vladimir Nabokov.

Nabokov; Feminism; Gender; Deconstruction; Twentieth Century

Sarah Cullen
'The Significance of Night in Nineteenth Century American Literature' Professor

University College Dublin, B.A. in Drama Studies & English 2009-12
University College Dublin, M.A, in American Literature 2012-13.

M.Litt. candidate at Trinity College Dublin September 2015-present. 

Awarded the Irish Association for American Studies 2013 WTM Riches Essay Prize.

Currently conducting thesis research in nineteenth century American literature, investigating the importance of night in the works of various authors.

Nineteenth Century; American Literature; Ecocriticism; Temporality

Kaitlyn Culliton
'The Fairy Realm of the Renaissance: Using Imagined Landscapes to Make Sense of Everyday Places' Dr

University of Denver, B.A., Creative Writing & Distinction in Literature, 2007-2010
Colorado State University, M.A., English Literature, 2010-2012
PhD Candidate at Trinity College, 2015-present

Conducting thesis research in geographies of fairy landscapes in Renaissance dramas

Renaissance; Shakespeare; Johnson; Fairy; Children’s Literature; Cultural Geography

Jennifer Daly

'Fantasies of Self-Invention: The Masculinity Crisis in American Fiction'


MA American Studies (UCD Clinton Institute)
MA American Literature (UCD)
BA Hons English and Greek & Roman Civilization (UCD)

Currently a TA in the School of English. Research interests include American fiction, masculinity, the suburbs, and the work of Richard Yates, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, and Marilynne Robinson. Secretary of the Irish Association for American Studies. Marketing & Reviews Editor for the Irish Journal of American Studies.

American Studies; American Literature

Aoife M. Dempsey
'Nineteenth-Century Irish Anglican Fiction and the Postcolonial Gothic' Dr

University of Limerick, BA New Media & English 2006-2010

University of Leeds, MA Postcolonial Literary & Cultural Studies 2011-2012

Trinity College Dublin, PhD 2014-Present

My research traces the influence of colonialism in the Gothic literature produced by Irish Protestant writers in the nineteenth century. It positions this writing as “Settler Gothic”, arguing that the impetus to produce Gothic literature was motivated by the tumultuous socio-political situation of Ireland during this period, primarily as a result of British colonial rule.

Teaching Assistant since 2014 on Senior Freshman modules ‘Victorianism’ and ‘Postcolonial Literature & Theory’

Gothic; Postcolonial; Anglo-Irish; Nineteenth Century; Irish Studies; Le Fanu; Stoker; O’Brien

Gavin Doyle
'Impure and Unthinkable Green Thoughts: Queering Irish-American Literature and Culture' Dr

BA Hons in English and German, University College Dublin, 2005-2009
MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, University College Dublin, 2010-2011

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate PhD Scholar at the School of English in Trinity College Dublin, 2014-Present

I am currently carrying out my PhD project on representations of queerness in Irish-American literature and culture since the latter half of the twentieth century.

Co-convener for the School of English Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series, 2015/2016

Teaching Assistant on the Junior Freshman Theories of Literature module, Michaelmas Term 2015

Queer Theory; Irish-American Studies; Diasporic Theory; Ethnic American Studies; LGBT Literature

Clare Fletcher
"‘The world is changed overal": Signs of Decay and the Decay of Signs in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis' Dr Brendan O’ Connell

BA (Hons) English and History at Trinity College, Dublin
MPhil Medieval Language, Literature, and Culture, Trinity College, Dublin
Currently a Doctoral Candidate at Trinity College, Dublin

My thesis investigates aspects of language and sign theory in John Gower’s 14th century Middle English work Confessio Amantis.

Medieval Poetry; Gower; Language; Semiotics; Chaucer

Louise Gallagher

"Typography and Narrative Voice in Children’s Literature: Relationships, Interactions and Symbiosis" Dr Jane Carroll

University College Dublin, B.A. Hons. Archaeology and Greek & Roman Civilisation 2003 - 2006
Trinity College, MPhil. Children’s Literature 2011- 2012
Trinity College, PhD candidate 2013 - present
A.J. Leventhal Travel Scholarship Awardee 2015
IRC Postgraduate Scholar 2015 – 2017

I am currently conducting research on the relationship between the physical form of the printed word and narrative voices in children’s literature from the 18th century up to the present, ranging from picture books to young adult literature.

Children’s Literature; Typography; Narrative Voice; Experimental Literature; Semiotics; Multimodality; Print Culture

James Hussey
''This Matter of the Individual:' Individualism in the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne' Professor

Trinity College Dublin, B.A. Hons. TSM Moderatorship in English Literature and Modern Irish 2009-2013

Trinity College Dublin, MPhil in Literatures of the Americas 2013-2014

PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin 2014-Present

IRC Postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2018

Teaching Assistant on the “American Genres” Junior Freshman Course, Michaelmas Term 2015

Currently conducting research on representations of individualism in the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hawthorne; Individualism; American Literature; Nineteenth Century; Society and Literature

Emily Johnson
'Mapping Roberto Bolaño's 2666: A Mirror and an Explosion' Dr

Emily Johnson is a PhD candidate on the Digital Arts and Humanities structured program. Her doctoral thesis is funded under a DAH postgraduate fellowship and is focused on spatial representations — architectural, archetypal, geopolitical, and textual — in Roberto Bolaño’s final novel, 2666.

Emily holds an MPhil in Literatures of the Americas from Trinity College Dublin (2010-2011), and has worked as a teaching assistant and occasional lecturer with the School of English since 2013.

Digital Humanities; World Literature; Literary Space; Modernism; American Literature; Cultural Theory

James Little

'Beckett and the Politics of Confinement'


James Little is a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholar whose primary research interests are in modern Irish writing. His Ph.D. thesis examines the career-long engagement with confinement in the work of Samuel Beckett. He has taught courses on Irish writing and modernism and will teach a module on literary theory in 2016-17.

Publications include an article on Beckett and Václav Havel in Litteraria Pragensia (winter 2015) and another on J.M. Synge in the Irish University Review (autumn 2016). A former co-convenor of the TCD Staff–Postgraduate Seminar Series, he has co-organised DRAFF, a conference on lesser-studied aspects of the work of Samuel Beckett, and is co-organiser of the Institutions and Ireland conference series.

Beckett; Confinement; Carceral; Space; Politics

Rebecca Long

'Narratives of Ireland: Re-Imagination and Cultural Heritage in Irish Children's Literature, 1892-2016'


University of Dublin, Trinity College B.A. Hons. English Studies 2006-10
University of Dublin, Trinity College M.Phil Children's Literature 2011-12

Irish Research Council Scholar and PhD Candidate at Trinity College 2014-Present

Currently conducting thesis research in Irish children's literature from 1892-2016, focusing on the transmission of cultural heritage, and on narrative patterns through which traditional, folkloric, mythological, and historical stories are re-imagined, and re-told.

Member of the ISSCL Committee (Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature), April 2015-Present

Children's Literature; Cultural Heritage; Narrative Patterns; Mythological Contexts; Archetypal Images

Brian McManus
'The Construction of Irish Identity in Irish-American Children's Literature of the Early-Twentieth Century'


University of Dublin, Trinity College, B.A. Hons. Nua-Ghaeilge & English Literature 2005-09

University of Dublin, Trinity College, M.Phil. Children’s Literature 2012-13

PhD Candidate at Trinity College 2013-Present

Currently conducting thesis research into the construction of Irish identity in Irish-American children’s literature of the early-twentieth century

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College 2014-15, and 2015-16 in Shakespeare: Text, Stage, Screen and Irish Writing 1890 - 1945

Children’s Literature; Irish-American Literature; Diasporic Literature; Irish Identities; Irish Women Writers

Áine Madden
'One doesn't read Jane Austen; one re-reads Jane Austen.:' Re-reading Jane Austen through fanfiction.' Dr

University of Dublin, Trinity College, B.A. Hons. English and French 2004-2008
University of Dublin, Trinity College, M. Phil in Popular Literature 2009-2010

PhD Candidate at University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2014-Present
Recipient of TCD Studentship Award.

Currently conducting thesis research exploring Jane Austen’s afterlife in popular culture through an examination of fanfiction inspired by Pride and Prejudice.

Teaching Assistant in Victorian Literature in University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2015- Present.

Jane Austen Studies; Popular Culture Theory; Reception History; Reader Response Criticism; Fan Studies; Fanfiction; Jane Austen Fandom

Jane Mahony
'Irish Writers and their London Publishers, 1884-1922' Professor

Co-author with Prof Eve Patten: ‘ ‘Breaking Away:’ Beatrice Grimshaw and the commercial woman writer‘ in Irish Women’s Writing 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty (forthcoming Manchester UP, 2016)

Lecturer 2014-5, 2015-6: The Book (JS) on 1) Publishing in the Long 19th Century: the transformation of the literary marketplace; 2) The Modern Publishing Market: the impact of The Net Book Agreement (fixed book pricing)

Conference organiser: Creative Networks and Cultural Output, TCD Long Room Hub, 19-20 June 2015

Teaching Assistant 2014-5: Irish Literature 1890-1945

Publishing History; Book History; Irish Literature; Irish History; Women’s Literature

Nora Moroney

'The Contribution of Irish Writers to British Periodicals in the 1890s'

BA in English Literature and History, Trinity College Dublin (2014)

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College 2015-16

Victorian; Irish Writing; London; Journalism; Transnational

Alexandra Nica

'City Rhythms: Patterns of Identity Formation in Early 20th Century London' Professor

My dissertation locates itself at the intersection of literary and urban studies, and it aims to understand the co-dependencies among individuals, intellectual communities, and the city space in early 20th century London.

Modernism/Modernity; Rhythm; City/Urban Studies; Community; Periodical Publications

Georgina Nugent-Folan
'Comparative study of Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett' Dr

Georgina Nugent-Folan completed her B.A. in English at Trinity College, graduating with a 1.1 in 2010. She was elected a Trinity Scholar in 2008 and was also awarded the Trinity Gold medal. In addition to her PhD research, for which she was awarded an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship, she is preparing a digital genetic edition of Samuel Beckett's Compagnie/ Company as part of the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. Articles on Beckett and/or Stein have been published in the Journal of Beckett Studies 22.1(April 2013), 24.1 (April 2015), The Southern Review (Spring 2015) and Samuel Beckett Today/ Aujourd'hui (December 2015). Her essay on Beckett, "Samuel Beckett: Going On in Style," published in The Southern Review in Spring 2015, is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Anglo-American and European Modernist Literature and Visual Art; Irish Modern and Contemporary Fiction; American Modern and Contemporary Fiction; Genetic Criticism; Digital Humanities.

Shauna O’Brien

'Persian Shakespeares: Between the Global, the Local, and the Exilic' Dr Ema Vyroubalová

Trinity College Dublin, B.A. (Hons) English Studies, 2008 - 2012.
PhD candidate at Trinity College, 2012 - present.
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2016.

My research explores the adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays in the Persian-speaking contexts of Iran and Afghanistan. Also of interest are Shakespeare adaptations staged by Iranian and Afghan theatre practitioners outside of these two countries.

Teaching Assistant on the ‘Stages of Theatre’ module in 2014, and on the ‘Shakespeare: Text, Screen, Stage’ module in 2013/14.

Global Shakespeare Studies; Adaptation; Exile, Censorship

Mary O’Byrne

'Phenomenology of Death and Human Consciousness and the inner workings of time in the stage plays of Samuel Beckett' Professor Chris Morash

A graduate of University College Dublin with a B.A in Social Science in 1982, Mary worked in the public service for over twenty years. She obtained a Masters of Public Administration in UCD in 1989. She completed a Masters of Drama and Performance in UCD in 2010 and began her PhD as a John and Pat Hume Scholar in National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2011, transferring to Trinity in 2012. Mary has taught seminars on Beckett in UCD, NUI Maynooth and TCD. This is Mary’s fourth year as a Teaching Assistant, in the School of English, TCD and she is the Convenor of Beckett Reading Group, a post-graduate reading group established in 2014 to the present.

Beckett’s Drama; Phenomenology of Heidegger; Levinas and Derrida

Stephen O’Neill

'The country and the city in the Irish novel, 1922-65'


Queen’s University Belfast, B.A. Hons, English, 2008-10

Queen’s University Belfast, M.A., English (Irish Writing), 2010-11

PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin, 2013-Present

I’m currently investigating the country and the city in the Irish novel in the post-partition era. My research is generously funded by the Irish Research Council.

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin 2014-Present in ‘Realism and the Novel’ and ‘Irish Writing 1890-1945’.

With Anne Thompson and James Little, I was co-convenor of the Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series for the School of English in the academic year 2014-15.

With Aoife Dempsey, current TA Representative, 2014-15.

Twentieth Century Irish Literature; Postcolonialism; Literary Geography; Partition literature; Politics; Fiction

Ciarán O'Rourke



'Politics in the Poetry of William Carlos Williams'


Ciarán O'Rourke is a Trinity Scholar and PhD candidate at the School of English. His research interests include the cultural politics of modernist and mid-century American poets, and ideas of political violence as they appear in the prose of British Romantic writers, among other topics. His PhD thesis examines William Carlos Williams's poetry in light of his various and evolving political commitments (1913-1963).

Modernism; American Studies; Poetry; Twentieth Century

Naarah D. Patton
'Female Sexual Transgression in García Márquez and Faulkner' Professor

University of Illinois, B.A. Hons., English and Women’s Studies, 2007
Southern Illinois University, M.A., English, 2010
University of Dublin, Trinity College, M.Phil, Literatures of the Americas, 2013

PhD candidate at University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2014 – present

Currently conducting research on Gabriel García Márquez and William Faulkner, examining their fictional representations of women who transgress against the sexual taboos of their respective cultures.

U.S. Southern Literatures; Latin American Literatures; Comparative Literature; Gender and Sexuality Studies

Mary Pyle
'Harry Potter and the Unconscious Dimension' Dr

Mary Pyle’s primary degree was in English literature which she taught to university level. Later she trained in psychoanalysis which she has practised and taught for over 30 years. Now, partially retired, she has returned to English literature and is working for a doctorate. She is interested in the link between the unconscious and culture, and the unconscious response to literature.

Psychoanalysis; Unconscious; Conflict; Evil; Love; Playing; Wizard; Death

Stefano Rosignoli

'A Comparative Textual Analysis of the Ethics of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett' Dr Sam Slote

Stefano Rosignoli received degrees in Modern Literature (2006) and Publishing Studies (2008) from the University of Bologna. He worked in publishing for several years and gradually increased his interest in academic research, currently addressing moral philosophy and 20th-century Irish literature. He has been awarded scholarships from Trinity College Dublin and The University at Buffalo. Together with Mark Byron, he co-edited a dossier on Samuel Beckett and the Middle Ages, published in a celebratory issue marking the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Beckett Studies (25.1). He is also the author of a chapter on the sociology of Beckett’s texts in the years of the broadcasts for BBC Radio (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Modernism and 20th-Century Literature, Moral Philosophy, Textual Scholarship.

Genevieve Sartor


'Return to Lacan: A Genetic Critique' Dr

Concordia University, Montreal. B.A. Hons. English Literature and Philosophy (2008-2012)
The University of Edinburgh, MScR Critical Theory 2012-2013
Trinity College Dublin, PhD English Literature 2015- Present

My doctoral research concerns an archive-based Joycean critique of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s late work in conjunction with Gilles Deleuze’s and Felix Guattari’s concept of schizoanalysis. This research is funded internally by TCD’s Ussher Award. I am sole editor of a volume James Joyce and Genetic Criticism (forthcoming Brill, 2017), and have articles published or forthcoming in Deleuze Studies, the Journal of Modern Literature, the James Joyce Literary Supplement, and Forum. 

Lacanian Psychoanalysis; Genetic Criticism; James Joyce; Critical Theory; New Historicism

Ben Simmons

'The Honest Ulsterman Magazine: Poetry, Politics and Identity in Northern Ireland 1968-1979' Dr

National University of Ireland Galway, B.A. Hons. Classical Civilisations & English 2007-2011

National University of Ireland Galway M.A. Culture & Colonialism 2011-12

PhD Candidate at Trinity College 2013-Present

Currently conducting thesis research on the Honest Ulsterman magazineand its relationship to Irish literary culture during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Poetry; Northern Ireland; Periodicals; Small-Press Publications; Cultural History

Kate Smyth

'Explorations of 'an Alien Past:' Memory and Place in the short fiction of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood'


BA in English and Psychological Studies, NUI Galway (2007-2010)
MA in Writing, NUI Galway (2010-2011)
M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas, Trinity College Dublin (2011-2012)

Doctoral Candidate, Trinity College Dublin (2014- Present)

Kate's research looks at the interactions between memory, identity, and place in the Canadian short story, specifically those of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood. In 2015, she was awarded Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate funding. She is an Early Career and Postgraduate representative for the Irish Association of American Studies, a co-convenor of the 2015-2016 Staff-Postgraduate Seminars in the School of English at TCD, and a teaching assistant in American Genres.

Short Story Form; Canadian Studies; Memory Theory; Identity; Place; Transnationalism

Stephen Stacey
'Samuel Beckett and French Before the Linguistic Turn' Dr
Samuel Slote

University of Dublin, Trinity College, B.A. (Hons), English and French
University of Oxford, M.St. in Modern Languages, French and Old French

Stephen Stacey’s thesis re-examines Beckett’s engagement with French by focusing upon that understudied body of French-language material produced by the author prior to 1947. This research is supported by the Peter Irons/School of English Studentship.

Alongside research, he works as a Teaching Assistant within the School of English. To date, he has tutored on the ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Introduction to Modernism’ courses.

He is currently co-organising ‘DRAFF’, a bilingual Beckett conference which will take place in August 2016. Further information can be found at

Beckett; Bilingualism; Materialism; Modernism; Publishing History; Translation