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Dr. Julie Bates B.A., Ph.D. (Dublin)Assistant Professor in Irish Writing, Study Abroad Co-ordinator Outgoing, Evening Lecture Series Co-ordinator


In 2012 I completed my PhD in the School of English, and after teaching in universities in Mexico and Bosnia, returned to the School as a lecturer in 2015.


My research is focused on modern and contemporary Irish and European literature, culture and visual art. I am particularly interested in experimental forms; modernist echoes in contemporary literature and art; the material imagination; and, increasingly, the relationships between place, the body, and creative practice, which has led me to engage with the fields of environmental humanities and neurohumanities. 

My PhD charted Beckett’s material imagination and evolving creative practice across media over more than half a century. Beckett’s Art of Salvage, the monograph which arose out of this research, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Beckett remains a central research interest: I am involved in the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies, and a co-director of the Samuel Beckett Summer School in TCD.

Current projects examining the relationships between place and practice include a study of the writer and artist Erica Van Horn; and a collaboration with the photographer Dragana Jurišić examining representations of Sarajevo by writers including Rebecca West.


I contribute to a number of modules at undergraduate and graduate levels. At present, these are the modules I coordinate:

  • 'Stages of Theatre' – Junior Fresh survey course of European drama from the ancient Greeks to twentieth century playwrights

  • 'Beckett: Afterlives' – Sophister course on the inheritance of some of the formal and thematic challenges of Beckett's work by a group of contemporary writers and artists. Students consult Beckett’s papers in Trinity’s special collections

  • 'Writing as Collecting in modern and contemporary Irish literature' – Sophister course delivered in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland

  • 'Beckett' – MPhil series of lectures and seminars mapping Beckett’s distinct authorial procedure in his fiction, drama for stage and radio, film and poetry. Students consult Beckett’s papers in Trinity’s special collections

Selected Publications


  • Beckett’s Art of Salvage (Cambridge University Press, 2017).


  • I am co-editing, with Léa Vuong (University of Sydney), a special issue of the journal Word & Image that will present scholarship by curators, art historians and literary critics emerging from the recently formed archives of the artist Louise Bourgeois (2019).

  • ‘who would cope with that and go down singing, only a woman’, Journal of Beckett Studies, Beckett and the Everyday, Spring 2019.

  • ‘Radical family portraits: Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Maggie Nelson’, Women: A Cultural Review, November 2019.

  • ‘Beckett, Brian O’Doherty and Brian Dillon: intermediality and the future anterior’, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, 32.1, Beckett and Intermediality, 2020.

  • ‘Louise Bourgeois and Beckett’, Journal of Beckett Studies, Beckett’s female contemporaries, 2021.


  • 'Twenty-first century Beckett studies: Materiality/Animality/Humanity’, The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Beckett, ed. Mark Nixon and Dirk Van Hulle(Oxford University Press, 2020).

  • ‘Essayism in contemporary Ireland’, The New Irish Studies: Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions, ed. Paige Reynolds (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

  • ‘Beckett at the Gate’, Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, ed. Nicholas Grene and Christopher Morash (Oxford University Press, 2016).

  • ‘Writing homelessness: Beckett’s creative response to the Second World War’, Irish Culture and Wartime Europe 1938-48, ed. Dorothea Depner and Guy Woodward (Four Courts Press, 2015).

  • ‘Beckett’s Maternal Miscellany’, New Voices: Inherited Lines, ed. Claudia Reese and Yvonne O’Keeffe (Peter Lang, 2013).

  • ‘Humble Relics: Beckett and van Gogh’s old boots’, Relational Designs in Literature and the Arts: Page and Stage, Canvas and Screen, ed. Rui Carvalho Homem (Rodopi, 2012).


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