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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Bicentenary Conference

Le Fanu

15 - 16 October 2014 | Trinity Long Room Hub and The Arts Council of Ireland

A two day conference organised by the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

‘He stands in the absolutely first rank as a writer of ghost stories.’  – M.R. James                                                 

Best known for his Gothic masterpiece Uncle Silas and the vampire story ‘Carmilla’, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was a prolific writer, whose extensive output included historical, sensation, and horror novels, poems and ballads, numerous stories of the supernatural, political journalism, and a verse-drama. However, while his name is well known to aficionados of the horror genre, much of his work still remains in the dark.

On the occasion of the bicentenary of Le Fanu’s birth, this conference intends to bring together established scholars and emerging researchers, in order to shed new light on some of Le Fanu’s less famous fiction and celebrate his influential contribution to the Gothic genre. Speakers include W. J. McCormack, Victor Sage, Gaïd Girard, and Alison Milbank.


15 October 2014| 15.30-17.30 | The Arts Council of Ireland, Le Fanu’s home at 70 Merrion Square.

Please note that this venue has limited capacity. To reserve a seat e-mail Valeria Cavalli at

16 October 2014 | 9.30-18.00 | The Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin.

The conference will be followed by the launch of Irish Gothics: Genres, Forms, Modes, and Traditions, edited by Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please visit For any further queries, please contact Valeria Cavalli at or Jarlath Killeen at

Presented with the kind support of: the School of English, TCD Association & Trust, the British Association for Victorian Studies, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, and Lavazza.


Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

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