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Dr Christopher Borsing

Entered Trinity College Dublin as a mature student, elected Foundation Scholar 2005, submitted doctoral thesis 2012.
'Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity,' developed from the dissertation, is due for publication by Spring 2016 as part of the Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature.
I have taught a sophister course on Defoe and Swift and undergraduate courses on Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism and the Novel.

Novel; Epistemology; Exploration; Early Modern Culture Wars

Emily Bourke

''Everywhere Was A Shadow of Death:' Environmental Anxiety in American Popular Culture Since 1945'

Dr Bernice M. Murphy

University of Limerick, B.A. New Media and English 2006-2010
Trinity College Dublin, M. Phil. Popular Literature, 2011-2012
Trinity College Dublin, Irish Resarch Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate PhD Scholar, 2014-present.
Currently conducting research into the origins and development of ecohorror as a prominent motif in American popular culture.
Teaching Assistant on the Victorianism and Poetry modules in the School of English, 2015/16.
Film Reviews Editor for the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, 2016

Ecocriticism; Ecohorror; Gothic; Popular Literature; American

William Brady

''Some Safe Way of Dying:' A Literary Study of Suicide in 1940s Britain' Prof Eve Patten

William Brady completed his B.A. in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2014.
He is currently in receipt of a postgraduate research scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences for his doctoral research, entitled ''Some Safe Way of Dying:' A Literary Study of Suicide in 1940s Britain.''
In 2015, he tutored on the 'Shakespeare: Text, Stage, Screen' undergraduate module.

War; 1940s; Britain; Suicide; Society; Durkheim

Dr Mary Bridgeman

Twilight Zones: Subjectivity, Gender, and Feminism in Three 21st Century Popular Vampire Romance Narratives’ Prof Darryl Jones and Dr Catherine Lawless

Dr Mary Bridgeman recently completed a PhD at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Prof Darryl Jones and Dr Catherine Lawless. Her thesis, titled ‘Twilight Zones: Subjectivity, Gender, and Feminism in Three 21st Century Popular Vampire Romance Narratives,’ was funded by a Postgraduate Research Studentship from Trinity College Dublin and a Postgraduate Scholarship awarded by the Irish Research Council.
She holds an M. Phil in Gender and Women’s Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and a B.A. (TSM) in English Literature and French.

Mary has tutored on the ‘American Genres’, ‘Theories of Literature’, and ‘Post-Colonial Literature and Theory’ courses in the School of English, TCD. She has led seminars on Gender and Popular Culture at Masters level and she will be giving a lecture course on Gender, Feminism, and Popular Culture in the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, TCD, in 2017.

Maternity; the Supernatural; Feminism in Literature and Popular Culture, Gendered Genres, and Feminist Theory
Dr Felicity Cable
N/A I am currently engaged in two independent areas of research: the role of the laundress in medieval and early modern literature, social mobility and the literary cyclist, 1890-1930.

Laundresses; Working Women; Mobility; Cycling

Dr Valeria Cavalli

''They said she was mad:' Insanity in the Fiction of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu'
Valeria Cavalli studied English and French at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, where she specialised in Information and Mass Communication Sciences (2004).
In 2006 Valeria completed an M. Phil. in Popular Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Her dissertation focused on the representation of Ireland in Bram Stoker's fiction. In 2014 Valeria received a PhD in English from Trinity College Dublin. Her research concentrates on the theme of insanity in the fiction of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. She has tutored on the 'Victorianism' and 'Realism and the Novel' courses.

Victorian Fiction; Horror; Gothic; Sensation; History of Psychiatry; Gender; Irish Fiction

Kabir Chattopadhyay

''The Ring, The Wand and The Sword:' The Role of Objects in Articulating the Dynamics of Power in 20th Century Children's Literature'

Dr Pádraic Whyte I am a Bengali student, from Kolkata, India.
I completed my Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees from Jadavpur University, India.
My two greatest passions have always been performing arts (music and theatre) and writing.
From a very early age, I have been an avid reader of children's texts, folklore and mythology from around the world. When I got the opportunity of pursuing academic work, I knew this had to be my field of study.
The Bengali culture has a rich tradition of children's stories, and I believe with the experience I shall gain during my PhD here, I shall be able to bring such texts to much-needed academic attention.

Children's Literature; Objects; Power; Knowledge; Fantasy; Agency

Eve Cobain
'The Music of John Berryman' Prof Stephen Matterson

My project explores the significance of music in the work of John Berryman and is funded by the Irish Research Council (2013-2016). More broadly speaking, I'm interested in poetry, particularly 20th century Irish and American verse.

I teach on a number of Freshman options including “Introduction to Poetry”, “American Genres” and “Modernism”.

Music and Poetry; Middle Generation America; Literary Biography; Transatlantic Literature

Sonya Cronin

‘From the Margins: Women, Royalisms and Exiles 1640 – 1669’  

2008-2011: completed undergraduate single honours English degree. University College Dublin- graduated with first class honours.
2011: nominated for undergraduate awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland- highly commended. Joined TCD as a mature PhD candidate.
2012- Awarded Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship.
PhD project entitled ‘From the Margins: Women, Royalisms and Exiles 1640 – 1669’.

Submitted doctoral thesis in October 2015  - successfully completed my viva in April 2016.

I currently hold a Renaissance Society of America – Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 2016 – 2017.

Previously, I taught senior freshmen modules Post – Colonial Literature and Theory in 2014
And Shakespeare, Text, Stage Screen, 2015. Currently, I teach the same.

Theory of Exile and Diaspora; Post-Colonial Studies and Migrant Literature, Eco-Literature as it Develops

Aoife Dempsey
'Nineteenth-Century Irish Anglican Fiction and the Postcolonial Gothic' Dr Jarlath Killeen

I am a current PhD student in the School of English under the supervision of Dr Jarlath Killeen. My doctoral research explores the postcoloniality of nineteenth-century Irish Protestant Gothic fiction. I completed my B.A. in New Media and English at the University of Limerick in 2010, and my M.A. in Postcolonial Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds in 2012.

Teaching Assistant on SF modules ‘Victorianism’ and ‘Postcolonial Literature & Theory’

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

Louise Gallagher

'Typography and Narrative Voice in Children's Literature: Relationships, Interactions and Symbiosis' Dr Amanda Piesse

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
School of English Studentship 2014 - 2015
A.J. Leventhal Travel Scholarship 2015
IRC Postgraduate Scholar 2015 – 2017

Currently conducting research on the relationship and interaction between the physical form of the printed word and narrative voices in children’s literature from the 18th century up to the present.

Children’s Literature; Typography; Narrative Voice; Semiotics; Mulitmodality; Print Culture; Meaning; Paratext

Dr Darragh Greene



Dr Darragh Greene holds an MA, MPhil and PhD from Trinity College Dublin. His research interests range from medieval studies through Renaissance literature to comics studies. In particular, he works on Chaucer, Julian of Norwich, fifteenth-century poetry, Shakespeare and Spenser.

Late Medieval Literature; Chaucer; Shakespeare; Critical Theory; Comics Studies

Dr Tim Groeland

'Consider the Editor: Textual Process in the Fiction of Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace'

Dr Philip Coleman

I recently completed a PhD, supported by an IRC Postgraduate Scholarship and supervised by Dr Philip Coleman, in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin (2013-2016). My research focuses on the role of editors in twentieth- and twenty-first century US fiction, particularly in the works of Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace. My research interests include contemporary US fiction, editors and editing, and institutional contexts in literary production.

Publications include:
“The Poetics of the Sentence: Examining Gordon Lish’s Literary Legacy.” Irish Journal of American Studies. Issue 4, Summer 2015.
“A King of Shreds and Patches: Assembling Wallace’s Final Novel.” Critical Insights: David Foster Wallace. Ed. Philip Coleman. Ipswich, M.A.: Salem Press, April 2015.

I have taught on a number of undergraduate modules including “American Genres”, “The Child in the Book” and “David Foster Wallace.”

American Literature; Contemporary Fiction; Editing and Textual History; Genetic Criticism

Richard Howard

'Estrange Conflict: Fragments of the Irish Troubles in the Science Fiction of Bob Shaw and James White' Dr Brian Cliff

Richard completed a BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies at IADT, Dun Laoghaire in 2011, and an MA in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool in 2012. His PhD examines the Belfast science fiction authors Bob Shaw and James White, and was funded by the Irish Research Council. He submitted his thesis in September 2015.

Richard tutored on the SF Non Realist Writing module in 2014 and 2015, and also tutors on the JF History of Ideas course in the Centre for European Studies.

His research interests include Science Fiction Studies, Irish Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Medical Humanities and Critical Theory.

Irish Science Fiction; Irish Studies; Utopian Studies; Troubles Fiction

Kyle Hughes
'(Not) Everything Ends in Tears: Individuals, Communities, and Peacemaking in the Íslendingasögur' Dr Helen Conrad O'Briain

Kyle Hughes studied English and Psychology at Trinity College, gaining his BA in 2011.  In 2012 he completed the M.Phil in Medieval Language, Literature, and Culture, with a dissertation examining Viking warrior burials in Ireland.  His research interests primarily include conflict resolution in the Old Icelandic sagas, Medieval ecology, and Hiberno-Norse history and culture, and he is currently working on a PhD examining bloodfeud and arbitration in the sagas.  Since 2013, he has been a teaching assistant for the Gods in Literature, Irish Writing, and the Beginnings of English Poetry.

Old Norse; Conflict Resolution; Bloodfeud; Icelandic Sagas; Medieval Societies; Medieval Ecology

Dr Gregory Hulsman


Dr Gregory Hulsman studied English and Philosophy at University College Dublin, gaining a BA (Hons) in 2008. He then gained his MA from University College Dublin in Medieval Literature and Culture in 2009. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D in Trinity College Dublin. His thesis was entitled ‘The Evolution of a Lollard Book of Instruction: A Critical Edition of Material from TCD MS 245’.

Medieval Literature; Heresy; Manuscripts; Church History

Dr Gerard Hynes



Gerard Hynes studied English and History at Trinity College, receiving a BA in English in 2009. In 2014 he received a PhD from Trinity for a thesis on ideas of world-building and creation in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
His research and teaching interests focus on the Literature of the Fantastic, whether in contemporary Popular Literature (especially Fantasy and Science Fiction), Children’s Literature or Medieval Literature. 
He is currently researching the process of world-building across media and the use of imaginary worlds for ecological discourse.

Popular Literature; Fantasy; Science Fiction; Children’s Literature; Transmedial World-building; Ecocriticism; Medievalism; Genre

Dr David Jameson


Dr Jameson is a graduate of University College, Dublin (B.A.,Hons) and Trinity College, Dublin (M.Phil and Ph.D). He was an Irish Research Council scholar and completed his doctoral degree in the School of English in 2013.

His primary research interests are in the area of 20th century Irish Fiction and 19th and 20th century Irish political and ecclesiastical history. He is currently preparing a monograph on mixed marriages in Ireland.

Catholic; Protestant; Inter-Faith Relationship; Irish Fiction; Sectarianis

Vivienne Keeley

'More Than Meets the Eye: Servants and Truth in the Eighteenth- Century Novel' Dr Aileen Douglas

Studied English and history at undergraduate level at St Patrick's College Drumcondra.
Completed the M. Phil in Popular Literature in Trinity College.

Servants; Masters; Eighteenth-Century Novel; Deceit; Truth-Telling

Stephen Kenneally

'Queer be Dragons: Mapping LGBT Fantasy Novels 1987-2000'

Prof Helen Conrad O'Briain

My doctorate, completed at TCD in 2015, examined the emergence of primary LGBT characters in fantasy novels over the period 1987-2000. My research interests include source analysis, LGBT genre representation, cultural shifts in representation, and the utility of genre fiction. I am also interested in performance and performativity, queer theory work in general, and constructed terms for gender and sexual minorities in fiction. I write, perform, and organise live-action roleplay and tabletop roleplaying games and am always interested in research on those topics also.

Queer Theory; LGBT; Fantasy; Science Fiction; Genre; Discourse Analysis; Critical Analysis; Gay and Lesbian

Dr Ian Kinane

'The Desert Island Trope in 20th and 21st Century Popular Culture' Dr Jarlath Killeen and Dr Melanie Otto

Ian completed an M.Phil. in Popular Literature (2010-11) and a doctoral thesis on contemporary Robinsonade literature (2011-14) in the School of English. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles/chapters on Dan Brown’s popular fiction; islands as imaginary worlds; the wuxia films of Zhang Yimou; scatology and the myth of paradise; reality television and American neo-colonialism; Tolkien’s The Hobbit; and 16th Theatre. His monograph, Theorising Literary Islands: The Island Trope in Contemporary Robinsonade Narratives, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016, along with a co-edited collection of essays entitled Landscapes of Liminality: Between Places and Spaces. Ian is also a co-founding member of the Island Poetics Research Hub, based at the University of Zurich.

Contemporary Literature; Popular Literature and Culture; Anglo-American Literature; Robinsonade Literature; Island Studies; Pacific Island Writings; Adventure Fiction

Zosia Kuczyńska

'Time and Space in the Plays of Brian Friel'

Prof Nicholas Grene and Prof Christopher Morash

Zosia is a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholar. She gained her BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford (Exeter College) and her MA in English (Irish Writing) from Queen’s University Belfast. She worked as an editorial assistant on the forthcoming OUP publication The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre. She has taught modules on D. H. Lawrence, Poetry, Irish Writing, and Shakespeare. Other research interests include the poetry and radio plays of Louis MacNeice.

Time; Space; Brian Friel; Theatre

Dr Megan Kuster
'Unsettling belongings: settler colonialism in the selected works of Jean Rhys and Elizabeth Bowen'

Dr Melanie Otto

My research interests are in postcolonial and environmental literature, including settler studies, belonging, identity construction, narratives of climate justice and Caribbean studies and culture.

My PhD research examined settler narratives of belonging, concentrating on the fiction of Elizabeth Bowen and Jean Rhys. Focusing on places—including the colonial house, the metropolitan public park, the seaside, and London during and after the Blitz—I traced the development of Bowen’s and Rhys’s conceptualisation of settler identity in their writing from 1927 to 1968.

I also work and research in the field of educational access and widening participation.

Ecocriticism; Post-Colonial; Social Justice; Access and Widening Participation

Julie Angelica Le Blanc
'Depictions of the Morrígain in 20th and 21st century British and Irish Children's Literature' Dr Helen Conrad-O’Briain

Julie is a third-year PhD student in the School of English. She received a BA in English from the University of Florida in 2009 and an MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Her primary research interests are in translation, adaptation, and transformation of texts between cultures and time periods. Julie's current research explores adaptations of medieval Irish material in 20th and 21st century British and Irish Children’s Literature, focusing on the depiction and adaptation of the Irish war-goddess, the Morrígain.

Children’s Literature; Medieval Irish Literature; Mythology; Medievalism

Dr Dolores McLoughlin


I did my first degree at University College Dublin, majoring in English and Philosophy. I graduated with an MPhil in Literatures of the Americas from Trinity College Dublin in 2009.  My dissertation focused on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self Reliance” and the writing of Louisa May Alcott and Sarah Orne Jewett.  I went on to do a PhD on the work of Maeve Brennan and Nomadic Consciousness, at Trinity College Dublin which I completed in 2012. Since 2010, I have been an Occasional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant in the School of English.

I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My teaching interests are in the areas of Postcolonial literature and theory, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Diasporic writing.

My main research interest is in the area of Postcolonial literature, in particular the work of Irish women writers.

Postcolonial; International; Diaspora; Nomadic; Exile

Áine Madden


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

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

Dr Noelle Mann

Noelle Mann holds a BA and MA in English from Manchester University, and recently completed a PhD in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Mann’s primary area of interest is the culture of nomadic communities, including Irish and Scottish Travellers. Her particular focus is on music and oral history, including storytelling, and its representation in textual form. A related area of interest is the medieval development of the fable genre, and the use of animals in moral teachings.

Dr. Mann is also a writer for Travellers’ Voice Magazine, reporting on music, culture and Roma issues.

Multi-disciplinary; Irish Travellers; Scottish Travellers; Minority Cultures; Music; Storytelling; Fables

Dr Wendy Mooney

'William Allingham in his Contexts' Prof Terence Brown

I am a lecturer and tutor in Irish Literature, Poetry and Victorianism. I completed my thesis, on the Irish Victorian poet, William Allingham, in 2011. I have been tutoring in the School of English, TCD, since 2008. I also teach in UCD and recently gave a lecture course in Irish literature for the American Institute of Foreign Study.  Other research interests are contemporary Irish literature - particularly poetry – and the relationship between art and literature. My poems have been published in various journals and newspapers, including Poetry Ireland Review, New Irish Writing and Crannóg.

Irish; Victorian; Poetry; Exile; Famine; Folk Culture; Pre-Raphaelites

Georgina Nugent-Folan

'Comparative study of Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett' Dr Sam Slote

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

Dr Emily O'Brien

  N/A Dr Emily O'Brien is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, currently writing her monograph on early modern murder narratives, under the mentorship of Dr Amanda Piesse. She completed her IRCHSS-funded PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2013 and has taught and lectured on Shakespeare and sixteenth-century literature.
Mary O'Byrne

Working Title: 'The Phenomenology of Death and Human Consciousness and the Inner Workings of Time in the stage plays of Samuel Beckett"

Prof 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, obtaining 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 TCD in 2012. Mary works as a Teaching Assistant, in the School of English, TCD and she is the Convenor of Beckett Reading Group established in 2014 to the present.

Samuel Beckett; Literature and Phenomenology; Theatre; Performance

Dr Conor Reid


I completed my PhD in the School of English in 2013, examining the interaction of science and popular fiction, with a particular focus on the works of American author Edgar Rice Burroughs. My research interests include popular literature, particularly science fiction and adventure fiction, as well as the field of literature and science. In Trinity, I have taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Victorianism, Non-Realist Writing, and Popular Literature.

Popular Literature; Literature and Science; Science fiction; American Literature; Victorian Literature; Fin-de-Siècle Literature

Danielle Magnusson
''Reading the Household': Towards an Economic and Textual Understanding of Early English Drama' N/A

My primary field of research is medieval literature, specializing in early English drama, sixteenth-century literature, economic criticism, manuscript studies and book history. My doctoral thesis, "Reading the Household: Towards an Economic and Textual Understanding of Early English Drama," was completed at the University of Washington in 2015. I have since worked as a Research Assistant in TCD’s Department of History of Art and Architecture on the "Migrant Manuscripts: The Western Manuscripts of the Chester Beatty Collection" project.

Drama, Medieval Literature; Early Modern Literature; Book History

Dr Margaret Robson



Dr Robson studied for her BA at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College and at the University of York, where she completed her MA and DPhil degrees.
Dr Robson has taught at universities in the UK and Ireland and while her principal interests are in Medieval Arthurian literature, she has taught on a wide range of courses from Fables through to the lecture course on the realist novel and given lectures and papers on Philip Larkin and the works of Don DeLillo.

Kate Roddy



Dr Kate Roddy is an occasional lecturer, tutor and seminar leader at Trinity College, UCD, and DCU. She teaches on a wide variety of courses, including Shakespeare, English poetry, seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature and contemporary popular literature. 

Her PhD thesis (TCD, 2010) focussed on Tudor polemical literature in the period 1528-1563. She has subsequently presented and published on figures such as Anne Askew, John Bale, William Tyndale, John Foxe and Thomas Becon. 

She has a secondary research interest in comic book studies and is co-editor of the essay collection Grant Morrison and the Superhero Renaissance: Critical Essays (2015).

Sixteenth-Century Literature; Reformation; Martyrologies; Comic Book Studies, Superhero Comics; Gender; Sexuality

Dr Paul Raphael Rooney


Dr Paul Raphael Rooney is a Government of Ireland Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English where is working on a study of publisher’s series circulated via railway bookstalls in late-nineteenth-century Ireland and England. His doctoral studies completed at the National University of Ireland, Galway reflect his wider research interests in the history of reading and the Victorian popular novel.  He has published in Victorian Periodicals Review and Women’s Writing and has publications forthcoming in Publishing History and in the edited collection, Victorian Fiction Beyond the Canon. He is also co-editing the forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan volume, Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience.

Book History; Victorian Literature; Popular Fiction

Dr Peter Rooney


I completed my Ph.D from the University College Cork in 2007 under the supervision of Dr Lee Jenkins.  My work focused on primitivism in the works of Ernest Hemingway. In particular, how Hemingway's exposure to Native Americans in his youth influenced his writing.  Hemingway creates a unique version of primitivism, one that portrays Native Americans in a more naturalistic light. I have an article on Hemingway's primitivism published in the Irish Journal of American studies and am currently working on a book on the same subject.  My field of interests include 20th Century American literature, as well as Modernism.

Hemingway, Primitivism, Native American, Modernism, Short Story

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

James Scanlon

''Till Time and Times Are Done:' W.B. Yeats and Apocalyptic Narrative' Prof Nicholas Grene and Prof Chris Morash

I am a graduate of TCD’s School of Law (LL.B, 1990) and School of English (M. Phil, 2013). I am currently working on a PhD that takes, as its starting point, Frank Kermode’s analysis, in The Sense of an Ending, of the apocalyptic elements in Yeats’s work, and in modernist literature more generally. My research explores the different forms that the apocalyptic narrative takes in Yeats’s writings, including his poetry and autobiographies, as well as the works that embody more directly his metaphysical and historical thinking.

Yeats, Eschatology; Narratology

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

Yuhki Takebayashi

"Re-examining Oliver Goldsmith's Historical-Writings" Dr David O'Shaughnessy

I am from Tokyo, Japan. I previously read History as an undergraduate student and Criminology as a M.Sc. student at the University of Edinburgh. After completing the M.Phil. in Early Modern History at TCD I began researching Oliver Goldsmith’s historical-writings under the supervision of Dr. O’Shaughnessy. My research interests are diverse, but I am especially intrigued by Enlightenment historiography.

Oliver Goldsmith; Historiography; Enlightenment; Irishness

David Turpin
'Electric Fur, Exhilarated Birds: Nature and Animals in E. E. Cummings and Mina Loy' Dr Philip Coleman

My principal area of interest is literary representations of the transformation of humans into animals (therianthropy).  For my PhD thesis, I examined this subject in the work of the Modernist poets E. E. Cummings and Mina Loy. After passing the Viva Voce examination in November 2015, I expect to be conferred in Spring 2016.  I am now reworking material from the thesis for articles, and beginning work on a monograph on therianthropy in interwar English literature.  Outside of TCD, I lecture in Modern English and Cinema Studies at IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

American Poetry; Animal Symbolism; Modernism; Mythopoeia

John Wilkins

'Black Gay Male Identity in the African Diasporic Novel'

Dr Melanie Otto

I am a U.S. National working on my PhD here in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. I am interested in the way that Literature, as an archaeological artefact, reveals constructions of gender, race, and sexuality.

Black Gay Male Identity in the African Diaspora