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Dr Jarlath Killeen B.A. (Dublin) Ph.D. (N.U.I.) F.T.C.D.Associate Professor; Head of School

Teaching and Research Interests

My research focuses on the literature and culture of Victorian Britain and Ireland, though I also have a longstanding interest in eighteenth-century Ireland and especially the history and pre-history of Gothic literature on this island.

To date, I have written five monographs: two on Oscar Wilde - The Faiths of Oscar Wilde (Palgrave, 2005); The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Ashgate, 2007) - and three on Gothic literature: Gothic Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2005); Gothic Literature, 1825-1914 (University of Wales Press, 2009); The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). All five focus extensively on the significance of religion in cultural studies. I have also edited three collections of essays on major writers of Irish Gothic literature, Oscar Wilde (Irish Academic Press, 2010); Bram Stoker (Four Courts Press, 2013); Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Peter Lang, 2016). I also organized two major international symposia in Trinity College on Bram Stoker (2012) and Sheridan Le Fanu (2014). At the moment, I am writing articles on the Irish Gothic,  romance writer Nora Roberts, Oscar Wilde and ghosts, Varney the Vampire and Victorian hygiene, and Harry Clarke’s fairy tale illustrations, and beginning a book-length study of the discourse of childhood in eighteenth-century Irish writing and culture.

Prior to my appointment to Trinity College, I was Lecturer in Victorian Literature in Keele University, Staffordshire (2004-05). I have also lectured in Irish Studies, in both Ireland (in University College Dublin) and Canada (at the University of Toronto).

I am convenor of the Senior Freshman module in Victorian Literature and the Junior Freshman module on Genre: The Novel. Much of my teaching involves the study of popular literature, including Victorian Gothic and Victorian children’s literature, and I am particularly interested in the intersection of religion and contemporary popular literature, the popular romance, the discourse of the child in literature and culture, and Gothic and horror in all their manifestations.

I have supervised PhDs in many areas, including:

Thomas Hardy and the Law

Theodicy and the Victorian Novel

Cannibalism in Twentieth Century Culture

Beauty and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Sheridan Le Fanu and Female Insanity

Christmas in Early Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture

Islands in Contemporary Popular Culture

Food in the Children’s Literature of Roald Dahl

American Versions of Cinderella.



  • The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction: History, Texts, Theories. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

  • Gothic Literature, 1824-1914. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, June 2009.

  • The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. London: Ashgate, 2007.

  • Gothic Ireland: Horror and the Irish Anglican Imagination in the Long Eighteenth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005.

  • The Faiths of Oscar Wilde: Catholicism, Folklore and Ireland. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Edited Books

  • ‘Inspiring a Mysterious Terror’: 200 Years of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, co-edited with Valeria Cavalli. Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.

  • Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013.

  • Oscar Wilde: Irish Writers and Their Work. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010.


  • ‘Tod Slaughter’, Lost Souls. eds. Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy. Hippocampus Press, 2016.

  • ‘Picking Grandmamma’s Pockets’. Co-written with Marion Durnin. Children’s Literature Collections: Approaches to Research, eds Keith O’Sullivan and Pádraic Whyte. London: Palgrave, 2017.

  • ‘The Greening of Oscar Wilde: Situating Ireland in the Wilde Wars’. Irish Studies Review, 23: 4 (2015): 424-50.

  • “Dracula”, Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, New York, Oxford University Press.

  • ‘Muscling Up: Bram Stoker and Irish Masculinity in The Snake’s Pass’. Irish Gothics: Genres, Forms, Modes and Traditions, 1760-1890, eds Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 168-87.

  • ‘Introduction: Remembering Stoker’, Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013, pp. 15-36.

  • ‘Emptying Time in Anthony Trollope’s The Warden’. Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes, eds Trish Ferguson and Jane Carroll. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 38-56.

  • ‘An Irish Carmilla?’ Carmilla: An Edition with Critical Essays, ed. Kathleen Costello-Sullivan. New York: University of Syracuse Press, 2013, pp. 99-109.

  • ‘Wilde, the Fairy Tales, and the Oral Tradition’. Oscar Wilde in Context, eds Peter Raby and Kerry Powell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 186-94.

  • ‘Irish Gothic’. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gothic, eds. William Hughes, David Punter, and Andrew Smith. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

  • ‘Victorian Gothic Pulp Fiction’, The Victorian Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, eds. Andrew Smith and William Hughes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012, pp. 43-56.

  • ‘In the Name of the Mother: Perverse Maternity in “Carmilla”’, Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu, ed. Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian Showers. New York: Hippocampus Press, 2011, pp. 351-372.

  • ‘Tim LaHaye, Left Behind, and the Catholic Church’, Left Behind and the Evangelical Imagination, eds Crawford Gribben and Mark Sweetman. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press 2011, pp. 69-83.

  • ‘Evil Innocence: The Child and Adult in Fiction’. Irish Children’s Literature and Culture: New Perspectives on Contemporary Writing, eds Keith O’ Sullivan and Valerie Coughlan. London: Routledge, 2011, pp.115-28.

  • ‘Introduction: Wilde’s Aphoristic Imagination’, Oscar Wilde: Irish Writers and Their Time, ed., Jarlath Killeen. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010, pp. 1-23.

  • ‘Gendering the Victorian Ghost Story? Victorian Women and the Challenge of the Phantom’ The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, eds Helen Conrad O’ Briain and Julie Ann Stevens. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010, pp. 81-96.

  • ‘Teaching The Portrait of Mr. W. H.Approaches to Teaching Oscar Wilde. ed. Philip E. Smith II. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008, pp. 75-82.

  • ‘Irish Gothic’. Literary Encyclopaedia (June 2008).

  • ‘Irish Gothic Revisited.’ The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 4 (2008).

  • ‘Irish Gothic: A Theoretical Introduction.’ The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 1 (2006).

  • ‘Oscar Wilde and Feminism: Prolegomena.’ The AnaAchronisT. Volume 10 (2004): 46-60.

  • ‘Mother and Child: Realism, Maternity, and Catholicism in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.’ Religion and the Arts 7: 4 (2003): 413-38.

  • ‘Woman and Nation Revisited: Oscar Wilde’s “The Nightingale and the Rose.”’ Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture. eds Aaron Kelly and Alan Gillis. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001, pp. 141-7.

  • ‘Diaspora, Empire, and the Religious Geography of Victorian Social Relations in Wilde’s Fairy Tales.’ New Voices in Irish Criticism. ed. P. J. Matthews. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000, pp. 183-9.


Dr Jarlath Killeen
Room 4005
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: + 353 1 896 2337

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