Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search



You are here Staff > Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants


Joana Blanquer

Name and Email

Joana Blanquer
blanquej@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'The Complexities of Time in Beowulf'

Supervisor

Dr Alice Jorgensen

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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. I focus especially on vocabulary and narrative techniques.

I have experience in personalised tutoring in Latin from my undergraduate years.

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

Dr Christopher Borsing

Name and Email

Dr Christopher Borsing
borsingc@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Eva Burke

Name and Email

Eva Burke
Burkeev@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Clare Clarke

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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.

Alicia Byrne Keane

Dr Felicity Cable

Name and Email

Dr Felicity Cable
cablef@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Name and Email

Dr Valeria Cavalli
cavalliv@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'''They said she was mad:" Insanity in the Fiction of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu'

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Sarah Cleary

Name and Email

Sarah Cleary
clearysc@tcd.ie

Dr Sonya Cronin

Name and Email

Dr Sonya Cronin
croninso@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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’.

My thesis examined seven royalist women’s cultural contributions as forms of political allegiance in the context of the English civil wars and the diaspora of thousands of royalists during the period.

I currently hold a Renaissance Society of America – Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 2017 – 2018.

Broader research interests include all things early modern, royalism, women’s writing, the English civil wars, theory of exile and diaspora, post-colonial studies and migrant literature, as well as eco-literature as it develops.

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

I have presented an introductory mini-lecture on Margaret Cavendish and Katherine Philips for Dr Ema Vryoubalova’s course on Early Modern Women’s Writing.

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

Jenny Cryar

Sarah Cullen

Name and Email

Sarah Cullen
scullen5@tcd.ie

Kaitlyn Culliton

Name and Email

Kaitlyn Culliton
cullitok@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Ema Vyroubalová

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Martina Devlin

Dr Dara Downey

Name and Email

Dr Dara Downey
downeyd@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Unsettling America: The Haunted-House Motif in American Fiction'

Supervisor

Dr Darryl Jones

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Since completing my PhD in 2008/09, I have been a lecturer in University College Dublin and Maynooth University, and have also worked in Trinity and St Pat’s. I held an IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2010-12, which allowed me to complete my monograph, American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age (Palgrave, 2014). I am currently working on a new project focusing on servant and slave figures in American gothic fiction and popular culture. This examines the role of religious beliefs and practices in American gothic, as well as issues surrounding class, race, and ethnicity.

I have taught and lectured on American, popular, British and Irish literature from the eighteenth century to the present day in Trinity, Maynooth University, University College Dublin, St Patrick’s Drumcondra (DCU), and Independent Colleges.

American; Gothic; Popular; Material Culture; Class; Race; Religion and Magic

Clare Fletcher

Name and Email

Clare Fletcher
cfletch@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

‘"The world is changed overal": Signs of Decay and the Decay of Signs in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis'

Supervisor

Dr Brendan O’ Connell

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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.

I have previously taught on the Fables Course 2014 -2015

Dr Darragh Greene

Name and Email

Dr Darragh Greene
dagreene@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Moonyoung Hong

Dearbhaile Houston

Adrian Howlett

Dr David Jameson

Name and Email

Dr David Jameson
jamesod@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Alex Jones

Name and Email

Alex Jones
jonesa5@tcd.ie

Darrell Jones

Name and Email

Darrell Jones
jonesd2@tcd.ie

Frank Leahy

Name and Email

Frank Leahy
fleahy@tcd.ie

Rebecca Long

Name and Email

Rebecca Long
longra@tcd.ie

Dr Anthony McGrath

Name and Email

Dr Anthony McGrath
amcgrat@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Having received my B. A. in English and Philosophy from University College Cork, I went on to take my M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Trinity College Dublin.

My doctoral dissertation - which is currently being prepared for publication - examines the relationship between the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the forms and themes of Beckett’s critical and creative writings. I am currently working on various teaching and research projects relating to the following: Existentialism; Calvinist Theology; Reformation History; Romanticism; Simone Weil; Iris Murdoch; Gustav Mahler; Giacomo Leopardi; Martin Heidegger; Vincent Van Gogh; and Edvard Munch.

I gained employment as a tutor in the Philosophy Department at UCC in 2004. In that role I provided classes to undergraduates on the work of Plato, Existentialism, and Psychoanalysis. Following a number of years of secondary school teaching, my work as a Teaching Assistant at TCD commenced in 2011; in that capacity I have been responsible for providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Shakespeare, Irish Writing, and Romanticism.

My commitment to promoting a public understanding of the history of the arts and ideas inspired my decision to form the Waterford Philosophical Society in 2005. Since then I have delivered weekly lectures on a diverse range of literary and intellectual topics to the members of that group. While my teaching experience has been immeasurably enriched by such activities, I have also gained many insights into the organisational imperatives of educational programmes and the importance of impactful public engagement. In 2011 I arranged the inaugural series of Bloomsday celebrations in Waterford. Owing to my efforts, Bloomsday has been marked in Waterford on an annual basis since that year.

Dr Dolores McLoughlin

Name and Email

Dr Dolores McLoughlin
dmmcloug@gmail.com

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Dr Jane Mahony

Name and Email

Dr Jane Mahony
mahonyjl@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Irish Writers and their London Publishers, c. 1884-1922'

Supervisor

Prof Eve Patten

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Teaching Assistant: Junior Freshman, Irish Writing 1890-1945 module

Lecturer: Junior Sophister, The Book module:

  • Publishing in the Long 19th Century: the transformation of the literary marketplace
  • The Modern Publishing Market: the impact of the Net Book Agreement (fixed book pricing)
  • Macmillan & Company Publishers

Co-author with Professor Eve Patten of “Breaking Away”: Beatrice Grimshaw and the commercial woman writer in Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty, Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee (eds), Manchester University Press, 2016.

Co-Organiser of the 2016 TCD Making Ireland ‘Institutions and Ireland’ conference series: 1) Medicine, Health and Welfare; 2) Law, Punishment and Accountability; 3) Public Cultures

Co-organiser of the ‘Creative Networks and Cultural Output’ conference, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, 19-20 June 2015

Publishing History, Book History, Cultural Nationalism, Women Authors, Transnational Literature and History, Biography, Irish Political History 1880-1922, Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies

Dr Noelle Mann

Name and Email

Dr Noelle Mann
mannc@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Name and Email

Dr Wendy Mooney
wmooney@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'William Allingham in his Contexts'

Supervisor

Prof Terence Brown

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Dr Sinéad Moriarty

Name and Email

Dr Sinéad Moriarty
moriars1@tcd.ie

Josh Newman

Emily O'Brien

Julia O'Connell

Name and Email

Julia O'Connell
oconnej5@tcd.ie

Dr Amy Prendergast

Name and Email

Dr Amy Prendergast
amprende@tcd.ie

Jack Quinn

Dr Margaret Robson

Name and Email

Dr Margaret Robson
Margaretrobson0@gmail.com

Dr Peter Rooney

Name and Email

Dr Peter Rooney
Rooneype@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Name and Email

Stefano Rosignoli
rosignos@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Sam Slote

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Yuhki Takebayashi

Name and Email

Yuhki Takebayashi
takebayy@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Re-examining Oliver Goldsmith's Historical-Writings'

Supervisor

Dr David O'Shaughnessy

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Anne Thompson

Name and Email

Ann Thompson
anthomps@tcd.ie

Louise Walsh