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Nina Baker

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Nina Baker
bakerni@tcd.ie

Joana Blanquer

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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

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Dr Christopher Borsing
borsingc@tcd.ie

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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

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Emily Bourke
bourkee2@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Bernice M. Murphy

Bibliography and Research Keywords

University of Limerick, B.A. New Media and English 2006-2010
Trinity College Dublin, M. Phil. Popular Literature, 2011-2012
Trinity College Dublin, Irish Research 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

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William Brady
bradyw@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'''Some Safe Way of Dying:" A Literary Study of Suicide in 1940s Britain'

Supervisor

Prof Eve Patten

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

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Dr Mary Bridgeman
bridgemp@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

‘Twilight Zones: Subjectivity, Gender, and Feminism in Three 21st Century Popular Vampire Romance Narratives’

Supervisors

Prof Darryl Jones and Dr Catherine Lawless

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Eva Burke

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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.

Laura Byrne

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Laura Byrne
byrnel27@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Lolita and the Mythologies of Femininity

Supervisor

Dr Samuel Slote

Bibliography and Research Keywords

BA Double Honours English and Philosophy, Maynooth University, 2003-2006.

MA in Gender and Writing, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, 2007-2008.

Doctoral Candidate, Trinity College Dublin, 2013—

My thesis examines issues of gender construction in the novels of Vladimir Nabokov.

Nabokov; Feminism; Gender; Deconstruction; Twentieth Century

Dr Felicity Cable

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Dr Felicity Cable
cablef@tcd.ie

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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

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Dr Valeria Cavalli
cavalliv@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

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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

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Kabir Chattopadhyay
chattopk@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Pádraic Whyte

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Sarah Cleary

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Sarah Cleary
clearysc@tcd.ie

Dr Eve Cobain

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Dr Eve Cobain
cobaine@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

‘"The soul has ears": Music and Movement in the Poetry of John Berryman'

Supervisor

Prof Stephen Matterson

Bibliography and Research Keywords

My recently completed PhD thesis explores the significance of music in the work of John Berryman and was funded by the Irish Research Council. More broadly speaking, I'm interested in modern and contemporary Irish and American poetry.

I have taught on a number of Freshman courses including “Introduction to Poetry”, “American Genres” and “Modernism”.

Modern and Contemporary Poetry; Music and Poetry; Middle Generation America; Intermediality; Archives; Transatlanticism

Dr Sonya Cronin

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Dr Sonya Cronin
croninso@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

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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

Sarah Cullen

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Sarah Cullen
scullen5@tcd.ie

Kaitlyn Culliton

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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

Nuria de Cos Lara

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Nuria de Cos Lara
decoslan@tcd.ie

Dr Dara Downey

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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

Louise Gallagher

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Louise Gallagher
Lgallag1@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Jane Carroll

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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
A.J. Leventhal Travel Scholarship Awardee 2015
IRC Postgraduate Scholar 2015 – 2017

I am currently conducting research on the relationship between the physical form of the printed word and narrative voices in children’s literature from the 18th century up to the present, ranging from picture books to young adult literature.

I have previously taught on the Senior Freshman Victorian Literature course and will be teaching on the Senior Freshman Contemporary Popular Literature course in Hilary Term 2018.

Children’s Literature; Typography; Narrative Voice; Experimental Literature; Semiotics; Multimodality; Print Culture

Dr Darragh Greene

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Dr Darragh Greene
dagreene@tcd.ie

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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

Name and Email

Dr Tim Groeland
groenlat@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Philip Coleman

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Kyle Hughes

Name and Email

Kyle Hughes
hughesky@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'(Not) Everything Ends in Tears: Individuals, Communities, and Peacemaking in the Íslendingasögur'

Supervisor

Dr Helen Conrad O'Briain

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Kyle Hughes studied English and Psychology at Trinity College, receiving 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. In 2017, Dr Hughes was awarded a PhD from Trinity College, for a thesis on conflict resolution and bloodfeud in the sagas of the Icelanders. His research interests primarily include conflict resolution in the Old Icelandic sagas, Medieval ecology, and Hiberno-Norse history and culture, along with recent work on the study of emotions in Medieval Scandinavian literature. 

Since 2013, Dr Hughes has been a Teaching Assistant for the Gods in Literature, Irish Writing, Beginnings of English Poetry, Medieval and Renaissance Romance, and Fables. Dr Hughes has also taught or assisted with Sophister Options on Gothic Language and its Heritage, and Old Norse, along with an option on Old English Heroic Poetry for the Medieval Language, Literature, and Culture M.Phil.

Old Norse; Conflict Resolution; Icelandic Sagas; Medieval Societies; Medieval Ecology; History of Emotions

James Hussey

Name and Email

James Hussey
jahussey@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'''This Matter of the Individual:" Individualism in the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne'

Supervisor

Professor Stephen Matterson

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Trinity College Dublin, B.A. Hons. TSM Moderatorship in English Literature and Modern Irish 2009-2013

Trinity College Dublin, MPhil in Literatures of the Americas 2013-2014

PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin 2014-Present

IRC Postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2018

Teaching Assistant on the “American Genres” Junior Freshman Course, Michaelmas Term 2015

Currently conducting research on representations of individualism in the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hawthorne; Individualism; American Literature

Dr David Jameson

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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

Darrell Jones

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Darrell Jones
jonesd2@tcd.ie

Alex Jones

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Alex Jones
jonesa5@tcd.ie

Frank Leahy

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Frank Leahy
fleahy@tcd.ie

Rebecca Long

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Rebecca Long
longra@tcd.ie

Dr Anthony McGrath

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Dr Anthony McGrath
amcgrat@tcd.ie

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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

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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

Brian McManus

Name and Email

Brian McManus
mcmanubd@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'The Construction of Irish Identity in Irish-American Children's Literature of the Early-Twentieth Century'

Supervisor

Dr Pádraic Whyte

Bibliography and Research Keywords

University of Dublin, Trinity College, B.A. Hons. Nua-Ghaeilge & English Literature 2005-09

University of Dublin, Trinity College, M.Phil. Children’s Literature 2012-13

PhD Candidate at Trinity College 2013-Present

Currently conducting thesis research into the construction of Irish identity in Irish-American children’s literature of the early-twentieth century

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College 2014-15, and 2015-16 in Shakespeare: Text, Stage, Screen and Irish Writing 1890 - 1945

Children’s Literature; Irish-American Literature; Diasporic Literature; Irish Identities; Irish Women Writers

Áine Madden

Name and Email

Áine Madden
maddenai@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Dr Jarlath Killeen

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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.
The aim of my thesis is to explore Jane Austen’s afterlife in popular culture through an examination of fanfiction inspired by Pride and Prejudice. The thesis will consider fanfiction as a form of literary and cultural criticism that has the potential to illuminate reader response and to deepen our understanding of Austen’s place in popular culture.

I taught on the Victorianism course in HT 2015. In addition to my experience working as a teaching assistant in Trinity, I also have two years’ experience teaching English as a second language in Ireland and South Korea.

Jane Austen Studies; Popular Culture Theory; Reception History; Reader Response Criticism; Fan Studies; Fanfiction; Jane Austen Fandom

Dr Danielle Magnusson

Name and Email

Dr Danielle Magnusson
magnussd@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Reading the Household: Towards an Economic and Textual Understanding of Early English Drama'

Bibliography and Research Keywords

My primary field of research is late 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 taught in the School of English and 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 Noelle Mann

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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

Alexandra Nica

Name and Email

Alexandra Nica
nicaa@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'City Rhythms: Patterns of Identity Formation in Early 20th Century London'

Supervisor

Prof Eve Patten

Bibliography and Research Keywords

My dissertation locates itself at the intersection of literary and urban studies and it aims to understand the co-dependencies among individuals, intellectual communities, and the city space in early 20th century London.

Poetry; Literary Traditions; Narrative

Dr Emily O'Brien

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Dr Emily O'Brien
eobrien1@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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.

Shauna O’Brien

Name and Email

Shauna O’Brien
obriens5@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Persian Shakespeares: Between the Global, the Local, and the Exilic'

Supervisor

Dr Ema Vyroubalová

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Trinity College Dublin, B.A. (Hons) English Studies, 2008 - 2012.
PhD candidate at Trinity College, 2012 - present.
Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postgraduate Scholarship 2015-2016.

Shauna O’Brien is currently completing her PhD entitled ‘Persian Shakespeares: Between the Global, the Local, and the Exilic’.
Her research interests lie predominantly in the field of Global Shakespeare Studies.

Teaching Assistant on the ‘Stages of Theatre’ module in 2013, and on the ‘Shakespeare: Text, Screen, Stage’ module in 2013/14.

Global Shakespeare Studies; Adaptation; Exile; Censorship

Mary O'Byrne

Name and Email

Mary O'Byrne
obyrnem1@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

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

Supervisor

Prof Chris Morash

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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. She obtained 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 Trinity in 2012. Mary has taught seminars on Beckett in UCD, NUI Maynooth and TCD. This is Mary’s fourth year as a Teaching Assistant, in the School of English, TCD and she is the Convenor of Beckett Reading Group, a post-graduate reading group established in 2014 to the present.

2017-2014: Teaching Assistant, EN1026 Stages of Theatre, School of English, Trinity College Dublin

2016: Beckett Reading Group: Organised and participated in site-specific performed reading event in Dublin, a collaboration between Beckett scholars in Schools of English and Drama in TCD and NUI Maynooth

2016: Delivered seminar ‘Beckett: Proust as starting point,’ MA Irish Writing, TCD

2013: Developed and delivered seminar: ‘Beckett’s Late Theatre,’ Masters of Literature and Culture: School of English, NUI Maynooth

2011: Day workshop ‘Happy Days!’: Beckett and Dramatherapy, An Exploration,’ MA in Dramatherapy, NUIM Co-ordinators: Eva Lindroos, and Mary O’Byrne

2011: Delivered seminars on Hamlet and film, Peeping Tom, ‘University English Course for Leaving Certificate Students,’ NUI Maynooth, organised by Professor Chris Morash

2010: Practical seminar: Performing Beckett: Happy Days, Higher Diploma in Drama Studies, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, convenor Dr Cathy Leeney

2010: Wrote and performed piece of Unmarked performance, Hatred, in School of Medicine and Medical Science, UCD as part of MA Drama and Performance UCD

2009: Wrote and Directed performance of Breathless, inspired by Beckett’s Breath, Diploma of Arts (Drama), Nui Maynooth

Beckett’s Drama; Phenomenology of Heidegger; Levinas and Derrida

Julia O'Connell

Name and Email

Julia O'Connell
oconnej5@tcd.ie

Nathan O'Donnell

Name and Email

Nathan O'Donnell
odonnena@tcd.ie

Ed O'Hare

Name and Email

Ed O'Hare
ohareer@tcd.ie

Lara O’Muirithe

Name and Email

Lara O’Muirithe omuiritl@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Appropriating the Visual Experience: A Stylistic Analysis of Aidan Higgins's Textual Representations of Space and Imagery'

Supervisor

Dr Tom Walker

Bibliography and Research Keywords

I obtained my BA (Hons) in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London), where I studied art from antiquity to the present. After this, I graduated with an MPhil in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin’s Oscar Wilde Centre.

My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Tom Walker, involves a stylistic analysis of Aidan Higgins’s prose. I am a recipient of the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (2015-2019). Recently, I conducted research on Christa Wolf’s life writing as part of an MPhil module entitled ‘Postmodernity in Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe’.

‘Theories of Literature’ (Upcoming: Michaelmas Term 2016)

Aesthetics; Art Historiography; Experimental Writing; Poetics; History and Memory

Stephen O’Neill

Name and Email

Stephen O’Neill
oneillsb@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'The country and the city in the Irish novel, 1922-65'

Supervisor

Dr Tom Walker

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Queen’s University Belfast, B.A. Hons, English, 2008-10

Queen’s University Belfast, M.A., English (Irish Writing), 2010-11

PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin, 2013-Present

I’m currently investigating the country and the city in the Irish novel in the post-partition era. My research is generously funded by the Irish Research Council.

Teaching Assistant in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin 2014-Present in ‘Realism and the Novel’ and ‘Irish Writing 1890-1945’.

With Anne Thompson and James Little, I was co-convenor of the Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series for the School of English in the academic year 2014-15.

With Aoife Dempsey, current TA Representative, 2014-15.

Ciarán O'Rourke

Name and Email

Ciarán O'Rourke
orourkci@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Politics in the Poetry of William Carlos Williams'

Supervisor

Prof Stephen Matterson

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Ciarán O'Rourke is a Trinity Scholar and PhD candidate at the School of English. His research interests include the cultural politics of modernist and mid-century American poets, and ideas of political violence as they appear in the prose of British Romantic writers, among other topics. His PhD thesis examines William Carlos Williams's poetry in light of his various and evolving political commitments (1913-1963).

Ciarán is a teaching assistant on the freshman modules, “American Genres” (MT) and “Romanticism” (HT).

Modernism; American Studies; Poetry; Twentieth Century

Dr Margaret Robson

Name and Email

Dr Margaret Robson
Margaretrobson0@gmail.com

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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.

Dr Kate Roddy

Name and Email

Dr Kate Roddy
roddyke@tcd.ie

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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 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

Genevieve Sartor

Name and Email

Genevieve Sartor
sartorg@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Return to Lacan: A Genetic Critique'

Supervisor

Dr Samuel Slote

Bibliography and Research Keywords

Concordia University, Montreal. B.A. Hons. English Literature and Philosophy (2008-2012)
The University of Edinburgh, MScR Critical Theory 2012-2013
Trinity College Dublin, PhD English Literature 2015- Present

My doctoral research concerns an archive-based Joycean critique of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s late work in conjunction with Gilles Deleuze’s and Felix Guattari’s concept of schizoanalysis. This research is funded internally by TCD’s Ussher Award. I am sole editor of a volume James Joyce and Genetic Criticism (forthcoming Brill, 2017), and have articles published or forthcoming in Deleuze Studies, the Journal of Modern Literature, the James Joyce Literary Supplement, and Forum. 

I teach on Theories of Literature and Ulysses as a TA and Lecturer. I am a faculty member of the Global Centre for Advanced Studies, with whom I am teaching a self-designed seminar November 2017.

Lacanian Psychoanalysis; Genetic Criticism; James Joyce; Critical Theory; New Historicism

Kate Smyth

Name and Email

Kate Smyth
smythk1@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Explorations of 'an Alien Past:' Memory and Place in the short fiction of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood'

Supervisor

Dr Philip Coleman

Bibliography and Research Keywords

BA in English and Psychological Studies, NUI Galway (2007-2010)
MA in Writing, NUI Galway (2010-2011)
M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas, Trinity College Dublin (2011-2012)

Doctoral Candidate, Trinity College Dublin (2014- Present)

Kate's research looks at the interactions between memory, identity, and place in the Canadian short story, specifically those of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood. In 2015, she was awarded Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate funding. She is an Early Career and Postgraduate representative for the Irish Association of American Studies, a co-convenor of the 2015-2016 Staff-Postgraduate Seminars in the School of English at TCD, and a teaching assistant in American Genres.

Short Story Form; Canadian Studies; Memory Theory; Identity; Place; Transnationalism

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

Ann Thompson

Name and Email

Ann Thompson
anthomps@tcd.ie

David Turpin

Name and Email

David Turpin
turpinda@tcd.i

Thesis Title

'Electric Fur, Exhilarated Birds: Nature and Animals in E. E. Cummings and Mina Loy'

Supervisor

Dr Philip Coleman

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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

Name and Email

John Wilkins
jwilkin@tcd.ie

Thesis Title

'Black Gay Male Identity in the African Diasporic Novel'

Supervisor

Dr Melanie Otto

Bibliography and Research Keywords

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