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Evening Lecture Series 2019: Fear in Literature

Beowulf’s Grendel, Hamlet’s ghost, Frankenstein’s monster, and many other figures inspire fear in the fictional worlds they haunt. Plays, poems, and novels can themselves have the capacity to scare their audiences and readers. Literary works have been especially attuned to the anxieties of their own periods, and have often retained the power to unsettle readers of later times. In this series of lectures members of the School of English will survey the literature of fear from the Anglo-Saxons up to the present, exploring how literary works have set out both to frighten their audiences and to reflect on the very nature of fear itself.

Course Director 
Dr Ema Vyroubalová

Time and Place:
All lectures will take place from 7-8pm in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building (Nassau Street entrance), Trinity College Dublin.

22 Jan. 2019   Sleeping with the Lights on: The Pleasures of Horror by Darryl Jones

29 Jan. 2019   Grendel and the Pleasures and Uses of Fear by Alice Jorgensen
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05 Feb. 2019   The Belly of Hell: Jonah and the Whale in Medieval Literature by Brendan O'Connell
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12 Feb. 2019   “I have supped full with horrors”: Fear in Macbeth by Ema Vyroubalová

19 Feb. 2019   "I have a sin of fear" – John Donne and the fear of God by Mark Sweetnam

26 Feb. 2019   “I do not fear it: I have been there”: Facing Fear in Sylvia Plath by Rosie Lavan
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12 Mar. 2019   From Fear to Anxiety and Back: Algernon Blackwood's “The Willows” by Björn Quiring Click Here To Download Presentation

19 Mar. 2019   The Slender Man and Fear of the Internet by Bernice Murphy  

26 Mar. 2019   What's Supposed to be Frightening About Dracula? by Jarlath Killeen Click Here To Download Presentation

02 Apr. 2019   Mary’s Monster: Maternal Fear in Frankenstein by Clare Clarke Click Here To Download Presentation

€60 for the entire series. Indivdual lectures are €7 each.

Concessionary Fee:
Concessionary rates for the full series will be €45 or an individual lecture will be €6 each. Concessionary rates apply to: students, OAPs, unemployed, groups of 20+, TCD staff & graduates, Teachers bringing groups of students receive a free Teacher Pass.

How to Apply

Online Application:
Please apply and pay online using this link to Eventbrite: Eventbrite Link

Pay at the Door:
It is possible to pay on the door at the night, however only those who have purchased tickets can be guaranteed admission.

Postal Application:
Return this application form with the fee to: English Literature Evening Lectures, Oscar Wilde Centre School of English, Trinity College Dublin the University of Dublin, 21 Westland Row Dublin 2. Cheques/Bank Drafts/Postal Orders should be made payable to TCD No. 1 Account. Please click the following link for the application form: Application Form

Contact Details:

Ms Sophia Ni Sheoin
Centre Executive Officer
Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
21 Westland Row
Dublin 2
Telephone: 353-1-8962885