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Professor Eve Patten B.A. (Oxford), M.Phil. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Dublin), F.T.C.D.Professor, Deputy Director, Trinity Long Room Hub, School Director for Global Relations

I joined the School of English in 1996, after spending several years working for the British Council in university education in Eastern Europe. At Trinity I cover a range of teaching areas, with particular interests in nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish Studies, twentieth-century British fiction and the literature of war.  I am currently co-director of the MPhil in Irish Writing in Trinity, Vice Chair of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Irish Literatures in English, and a member of the editorial board of the Irish University Review. Until recently I served as Secretary of the National Association for English Studies, through which I continue to maintain close links with the European Society for the Study of English.

My primary research interests are in nineteenth-century Irish literature and culture. In 2004 I published Samuel Ferguson and the Culture of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts) and I have since developed this work in several research papers on civic institutions and the middle class in Victorian Dublin. With the support of the Centre for Irish, Scottish and Comparative Studies in Trinity, I co-ordinated the project ''Ireland and the Print Culture of Empire, 1780-1940,'' which evolved into a new research venture on the subject of Irish journalists in the imperial world, 1850 to 1945, and a connected conference series on nineteenth-century Irish travel writing. In September 2010 I co-organised a major international conference on book and print culture research, entitled The Perils of Print Culture, and in June 2012 will help run the international conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) at Trinity.  

My other research connections are to twentieth-century British and Irish writing, particularly the fiction of the two world wars. In 2008 I co-edited Literatures of War, the proceedings of the 2007 conference of the Lawrence Durrell School, and my monograph Imperial Refugee: Olivia Manning’s Fictions of War was published by Cork University Press in 2011. I am particularly interested in Irish literary connections across Europe and have begun work on a series of essays on the English literati and Ireland from 1920 to 1945.

PhD. Supervision

I currently supervise doctoral research students on the literature and culture of Northern Ireland and the Second World War; literary relationships between Ireland and Germany; Wyndham Lewis and the professionalisation of the arts; Anthony Burgess’s ‘Elizabethan’ novels, and the treatment of fashion in Elizabeth Bowen. In the past I have supervised topics ranging from the life and work of Margaret Stokes and Thomas Moore to the poetry of Louis McNeice, Thomas Kinsella and Paul Muldoon. I am particularly interested in supervising doctoral work in nineteenth-century Irish cultural and intellectual history; in Irish-British (and European) literary relations 1900-1950; in the fiction of the Second World War and in Irish (or Irish-related) journalism and travel writing.


Associate Professor Eve Patten
Room 4023
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: + 353 1 896 1299
Fax: + 353 1 671 7114


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