Rather than seeing medieval codices as passive witnesses of historic cultures, I considerthese books to be active mediators in a process of exploration and discovery. In my monograph Songs, Scribes, and Society: Exploring the History and Reception of the Loire Valley Chansonniers, I use a related group of manuscripts, prepared in France in the 1460s and 1470s, as a lens through which to understand the patronage, manufacture, and popularity of song collections in late-medieval society. I show that the physical properties of these books shed light on the processes of their assembly and the factors controlling the choice and presentation of their contents. The decision to embellish these manuscripts with finely decorated initials not only provides first-hand evidence of the esteem in which the chanson repertory was held by their original patrons but is likely also to have played a part in ensuring their survival into the modern era.In a series of related articles, I investigate the roles played by those responsible for copying, ordering, and making chansonniers. I consider the circumstances in which these books are likely to have been read, and their place in a more broadly conceived book culture.
Dr. Robert Armstrong (History)
My research focuses on early modern Ireland and Britain, particularly the religious, political and intellectual history of the seventeenth century. At present my main areas of study are Protestant religious dissent, peace-making efforts in England and in Ireland during the seventeenth-century conflicts, and the reign of James II. My ongoing interest in the history of imperial Britain is reflected in my undergraduate teaching. I am one of the Principal Investigators on the Insular Christianity Project sponsored by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which looks at the shaping of religious communities in sixteenth- to eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland. As of 2011, I am a co-editor of Irish Historical Studies.
Professor Juergen Barkhoff (German)
I was born in Essen (Northrhine-Westphalia/Germany). I studied German, History and Pedagogics in Tübingen and Hamburg and spent a year as one-year-visiting student at TCD. From 1988-1991 I worked for three years as Lektor of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the Department of Germanic Studies at TCD. After completing my doctorate I was from 1993 to 1994 a postdoctoral research fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (Institute for Advanced Studies of the Humanities) of the Wissenschaftszentrum NRW , working in an interdisciplinary reserach group on the cultural history of nature. In 1995 I was appointed to a lectureship in German at TCD. My teaching and research covers German literature and culture from 1750 to the present.
Ms. Susan Bioletti (Library)
My work is principally the management of conservation and preservation of the Library’s collection, however I actively research the materials and techniques of collections (the analysis of pigments in the Book of Kells, for example), and I initiate and participate in collaborative research projects. My area of expertise bridges the humanities and sciences, and my research reflects this, for example I am a lead partner in the investigations into the environment of the Old Library. I represented Ireland on the management committee of EU COST Action D42 Chemical interactions between the indoor environment and cultural heritage, and I currently represent Ireland on EU COST Action TD 1406 Innovations in Intelligent Management of Heritage Buildings. Outreach activities include participating in Discover Research Night, Heritage Week, and Dublin, City of Science. I design and supervise post-graduate internship programmes for conservators (3 per year average 4 weeks – 9months duration). I have hosted many short training programmes in topics such as the Identification of Photographic Techniques; Risk assessment for cultural heritage; Japanese conservation techniques; Stabilisation of Iron Gall Ink; Emergency planning and Business Continuity planning. I am the lead for the Old Library’s accreditation under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.
Professor Werner Blau (Physics)
Prof. Werner J. Blau is internationally known for his work in Advanced Materials Physics and interdisciplinary molecular and polymer nanoscience. His research group at Trinity College Dublin is one of the largest, most active and best-known Nanomaterials groups in Ireland. It has been one of the first in the world to adopt an interdisciplinary approach including Chemists, Physicists, Materials Scientists, Optical and Electronic Engineers, and Polymer Technologists. The Blau group was founded in 1983. Prof. Blau came to Trinity College and Ireland in 1983 as research fellow with Prof DJ Bradley FRS, after completing his doctorate in Laser Physics in Regensburg, Germany. In 1985 he was appointed Lecturer in the Science of Materials/ Physics at Trinity College Dublin. In 1991 he was promoted to Associate Professor and since 2003 holds a Personal Chair of Physics of Advanced Materials. In 1992 he became the Research Director of the Advanced Polymer Research Centre at TCD Physics, a research centre which works closely with indigenous Irish plastics industries for all sectors including electronics, medical devices and materials processing. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Chemistry Department of East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
Dr. Elizabethann Boran (Library)
The Edward Worth Library in Dr Steevens’ Hospital is a rare books collection which is affiliated to Trinity College Dublin. It was bequeathed to Dr Steevens’ Hospital by Dr Edward Worth (1676-1733), an early eighteenth-century Dublin physician. Worth was a connoisseur collector of rare printings and fine bindings. To highlight this I give classes and tours of the Worth Library to scholars interested in the History of the Book, especially the Book as Material Object. More details about the Worth Library may be found on our website. My own research interests include the History of the Book and the history of collecting. My Ph.D thesis was on the early history of the Library of Trinity College Dublin (from 1592-1641) and I am the editor of the Correspondence of James Ussher 1600-1656 (Irish Manuscript Commission, 2015). In April 2014 I was elected Leader of Work Group 4: Documents and Collections of COST Action IS1310: Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800 This COST Action brings together archivists, librarians and other scholars from across Europe to work together on reassembling early modern correspondence collections
Dr. Ann Buckley (SLLCS Office)
My research addresses the unique collection of medieval liturgical manuscripts in Trinity’s holdings, with particular emphasis on those containing music notation, and in relation to the entire corpus. I am currently engaged in a study of Offices for Irish saints, including critical editions and reconstructions for performance and recording, with a view also to building up a sound archive of liturgical music from medieval Ireland. In addition I am involved in interdisciplinary collaborative projects to examine these sources in their regional, insular, and European contexts, including an international workshop in June 2015 and a co-authored book with Laura Cleaver which is at the planning stage. The aim of book, addressing both the visual and the textual, will be to draw attention to the richness and variety of medieval liturgical manuscripts with music in Trinity’s holdings, to encourage their study, and to contribute to the ongoing work of cataloguing and other projects relevant to the work of the Library.
Dr. Ailese Bulfin
My research explores popular perceptions of ancient Egyptian culture in the nineteenth century and today. I investigate the emergence of a familiar figure of current popular culture, the vengeful Egyptian mummy. I trace its messily-bandaged, murderous path from its origins in late-Victorian gothic tales to its current home on the cinema screen, from which it still colours our understanding of ancient Egypt.
Professor Nick Campbell (Comp. Sc.)
My background is in experimental psychology and linguistics, but most of my recent experience is in speech technology. I prefer corpus-based approaches and have pioneered advanced (and paradigm-shifting) methods of speech synthesis and natural conversational speech data collection in a multimodal context. My current interest is in processing social interaction and discourse for modelling human-computer dialogues. I am working to develop an interactive speech-based human-machine interface for social networks, customer-services, games, and robotics, while trying to understand how humans perform such often perfect communication.
Dr. Gilbert Carr (German)
Born in London, I studied German and Russian at Durham University, U.K. (B.A. 1966, Ph.D. in 1972), including one year of study at the University of Würzburg and one year of postgraduate research in Vienna. I was a lecturer in German at Trinity College, Dublin from 1969 to 1984 (awarded an M.A. juris officii in 1973). I am an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (University of Munich 1980, University of Göttingen 1992), and was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Essen in 1987. At Trinity, I was Senior Lecturer in German from 1984 to 2008, and was elected a Fellow in 1999. From 1996 to 1999 I was Director of European Studies, and from 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Germanic Studies. My research focuses on Karl Kraus. The Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was a key figure in Central European intellectual life in the early twentieth century. His mastery of inter-textual allusion, heteroglossia and meta-linguistic reflection complement his caustic satire, as editor of the journal Die Fackel (The Torch, 1899-1936), on the abuses of Austrian and German public discourse. This, the first full-length study of his hitherto neglected early career as a foundation for his later work, draws on archival sources to document his biography more accurately; edits selected unpublished or rediscovered texts; and through close textual analysis corrects misconceptions about his literary responses to modernism and journalism. Kraus’s coffee-house satire Die demolirte Literatur (‘A literature demolished’) is located both in the satiric tradition and as a commentary on the interlinked cultural fields in Vienna c. 1900. His (later) norm of ‘origin’ is reassessed, and qualified through reconstruction of the memory store of his earlier and later reception of theatre, whereby acts of remembrance and identity construction overlay the biographical source experience
Professor Anna Chahoud (Classics)
Dr. Joseph Clarke (History)
My research primarily addresses the relationship between cultural change and political conflict in France over the long eighteenth century. Focussing on the Revolutionary and 2 Napoleonic periods, my work revolves around a number of key themes: the rôle of memory and commemoration in French political culture, the study of popular religious culture in France from the Enlightenment and Revolution through to the Restoration, the cultural consequences of mass mobilisation for war during the Revolutionary decade and the rôle of visual imagery as a vehicle for political communication in societies characterised by limited literacy. More recently, as a member of a HERA-funded international research team working on the theme of Cultural Encounters, my research has extended beyond France to explore the encounter between soldiers and civilians across Europe during the Revolutionary wars of the late 1790s and early 1800s. My research is intrinsically interdisciplinary in nature and utilises a wide range of manuscript, published and visual materials as its source. It draws intensively on TCD’s extensive collections of French Revolutionary and Napoleonic prints, pamphlets and newspapers along with archival sources from across Europe.
Dr. Laura Cleaver (History of Art)
My appointment in 2010 was designed, in part, to facilitate research around medieval manuscripts in TCD’s collection. My work examines manuscripts as objects, exploring their decoration, text and physical structure. In the last five years I have worked on two projects involving manuscripts from the collection (and those in other collections): the Latin Psalters project, the results of which were published earlier this year, and the History Books in the Anglo-Norman World project. The History Books project examines the manuscripts in which accounts of the past were created in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The project conference will take place in Dublin in May and I am working on a monograph on this subject that I hope will be completed in 2016. My work is interdisciplinary and in particular I collaborate with historians and literary scholars.
Dr. Ashley Clements (Classics)
I have particular interests in the reception of early Greek philosophical texts in the fifth and fourth centuries BC. My first book (2014) examines the popular reception of the early Greek philosopher Parmenides by the late fifth century BC comic poet Aristophanes, through close analysis of the extant textual fragments of Parmenides’ poem and our text of Aristophanes’ play ‘Thesmophoriazusae’. The other major strand of my published research to date concerns ancient conceptions of the senses and sensory experience explored through close reading of the full range of ancient textual evidence. This work has culminated in a series of studies outlined below. A further research interest, and my next major project (contracted with Routledge and due to the press in 2017), is an introduction to the history of the dialogue between the discipline of Anthropology and Classics. This will involve the exploration of how the discipline of philology and the study of Classical texts influenced the comparative approach to culture pioneered by the first professional anthropologists and their principal concern with origins.
Dr. Philip Coleman (English)
The central figure in my research to date has been the US American poet John Berryman (1914-72). My work on Berryman has involved extensive research in the poet’s manuscripts, private papers and personal library, which are housed in the Andersen Library of the University of Minnesota. My monograph John Berryman’s Public Vision (2014) engages with Berryman’s unpublished manuscript material in ways that allow his achievement to be seen in new ways, and my work also explores the publication histories of his major works in the light of these archival findings. My interest in twentieth-century manuscript, book and print cultures also extends to the work I have done on the American author David Foster Wallace (1962-2008), whose papers are held at the University of Texas at Austin. In my recent edited book David Foster Wallace: Critical Insights, several contributors explore Wallace’s work in the light of manuscript and archival evidence. At the present time I am also editing a book of essays on the modernist magazine BLAST. That project is centrally concerned with questions of magazine production and reception in a wide variety of literary and cultural contexts ranging from literary studies to architecture and performance. Finally, I am currently in the early stages of researching the life of the Irish poet Pearse Hutchinson (1927-2012), and this involves close engagement with Hutchinson’s archive of manuscripts and unpublished materials, now held at Maynooth University.
Dr. Helen Conrad O'Briain (English)
Teaching in both the School of English and Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Dr Conrad O’Briain’s courses include Medieval Latin, Old English and Old Norse language and literature, Beowulf, palaeography, and Tolkien. She has directed or is directing Ph. Ds on Beowulf, Riddles,and Tolkien; M. Phil. research on Julian of Norwich, female saints of the Old English Martyrology, Elene, the language of treasure in Beowulf, a reassessment of Grendel’s mother, Malory’s Lyonette, the mutant in science fiction 1930-1960, Pratchett’s ‘Guards’ novels, and death in Le Guin’s short fiction. Her own research interests include the theology of Beowulf, medieval sources of science fiction, the influence of Vergilian commentary, and Trinity incunabula. She is joint editor with Dr. Julie Anne Stevens of A Ghostly Genre (Four Courts Press, forthcoming) and a major contributor to the new Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Dr. Conrad-O’Briain is School Librarian. Active in setting up the annual Kemble lectures at Trinity, she is a life member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists. She is a member of the Committee of the Trinity Second Hand Book Sale raising funds for Trinity’s special collections. She maintains a strong interest in Indo-European, landscape, and textiles studies, and freely admits to enjoying Georgette Heyer, Lindsay Davis, and O. Douglas. She is an accomplished traditional embroiderer.
Dr. John Cunningham (History)
My research on early modern history involves close study of the contents, and often the provenance, of a range of manuscripts and books. I am also keenly interested in exploring as far as possible the make up of official archives from early modern Ireland, many of which no longer survive. The identification and use of later copies and abstracts of material such as testamentary records and government papers forms an important part of my work. One of my forthcoming articles concerns a largely lost sub-section of the 1641 depositions now held at TCD, while one previously published article looked at surviving fragments of a collection of Cromwellian documents destroyed in 1922. I have also published essays assessing the contemporary significance of mid-seventeenth century printed pamphlets by Henry Jones, Vincent Gookin and Richard Lawrence. My ongoing study of a 1640s manuscript tract by Sir William Parsons involves both tracing Parsons's influence on other authors and reconstructing subsequent ownership of copies of his tract via later library auction catalogues.
Dr. Martine Cuypers (Classics)
I studied Classics in Leiden (Ph.D. 1997) and worked as a lecturer and research fellow in Hamburg, Leiden, Groningen, Chicago and Washington D.C. before joining the Trinity College department of Classics in 2005.Most of my current research focuses on the literature, language and social history of the Hellenistic period and Empire, when Hellenic culture went global and Greek was the lingua franca of much of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. Migration and interaction with other cultures (Near-Eastern, Egyptian, Roman) in this period forced writers of Greek to redefine their relationship with the Greek cultural and literary tradition and to re-invent Greekness itself as a cultural rather than an ethnic concept.
Dr. Eamon Darcy (History VF)
My research focuses on two main areas. First, I am interested in violence in the early modern world and cultural representations of war and conflict. I am undertaking a comparative study on the uses of violence by English and Spanish colonists in the sixteenth century. This arose out of my PhD thesis (and forthcoming monograph) both of which investigate the outbreak of the 1641 rebellion in Ireland and provide a detailed study on how news of the rebellion appeared in English news-books. Secondly, I am interested in Irish and British social and cultural history. I look at the social order in Ireland, gesture, oral and literate culture and locate these issues in wider British and European contexts.
Dr. Hugh Denard (Classics)
My classical research interests span ancient drama, the theatricality of life and art in Greece and Rome, and modern performances and adaptations of ancient drama. As a theatre historian, I am also currently investigating the ‘lost’ theatres of early 20th-century Dublin. A central focus of my research to date has been on how digital visualisation tools and methods, including 3d modelling and Virtual Worlds technologies, can affect different aspects of practice in the arts and humanities, as well as in the cultural heritage sector. I have also become increasingly interested by questions about how we might forge new relationships between different forms of creative practice and humanities research
Dr. David Ditchburn (History)
Most of my research concerns later medieval Scotland and its links with other countries. I have explored commercial connections and migration, but also religious and cultural interactions, such as saintly cults and pilgrimages. I am currently writing a companion volume to Scotland and Europe which will examine the political and diplomatic links across both the insular and continental worlds. I am currently also Principal Investigator on the Irish Chancery Rolls Project and co-editor of The Scottish Historical Review.
Dr. Aileen Douglas (English)
My work is relevant to the theme in three distinct ways. Firstly, my manuscript ‘Taken in Hand: Print, script and writing, 1690-1840’ explores the relationships between print and script in the long eighteenth century. It understands print as a dual invention of moveable type and copperplate engraving. It considers Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures Theme Review Core/Associate Member Complementary CV 3 copy-books, pedagogic works, autographs, and literary representations of writing. The book views script at three conceptual levels: learning to write; script and the idea of the author; script and notions of the human. Under review at OUP. Secondly, textual editing. I am a co-general editor of the ‘Early Irish Fiction, 1690-1840’ series (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010- ). This series aims more fully to indicate the diversity and breadth of Irish literature in the period by providing critical editions of a range of exemplary works of prose fiction. To date the series has published seven volumes, 2 of which I co-edited. The initial stage of this project (2008-10) was funded by IRCHSS (now IRC). Finally, I am editor of Trinity Writers Project. Dedicated to writers associated with Trinity College Dublin either as students or staff, this website consists of original essays, with images drawn substantially from holdings in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. The first module includes 10 writers from Jonathan Swift to Deirdre Madden. (Under construction; launch later in 2015)
Professor Monica Gale (Classics)
My main ongoing research project is a commentary on the complete poems of Catullus. In itself, this project is an obvious fit with the aim of the research theme to ‘promote edition projects [and] commentaries’; textual criticism is particularly crucial in commenting on a text such as that of Catullus, where the manuscript tradition is precarious and corrupt. Moreover, Catullus represents his own sociocultural milieu as a highly ‘bookish’ one, and his poems make frequent reference to the reading, writing, production and exchange of manuscripts. The issue of textuality, and its relation to ‘live’ reading and performance, has therefore loomed large in recent scholarship on the poet and the literary culture of his era, and will feature frequently in the commentary and introduction. Work on the commentary has stimulated interest on my own part in Catullus’ circle as a reading and writing community: in a forthcoming article (see below), I seek to relate this aspect of the poem’s context of production to Catullus’ prominent use of intertextuality and thematization of the reader’s role in the construction of meaning.
Dr. Daniel Geary (History)
I am an intellectual historian who studies connections between thought, culture, and politics in the twentieth-century United States. My work focuses centrally on the making of publications and the contested meanings the different audiences see in them. My methodology involves extensive research in archival collections. My first book, Radical Ambition: C. Wright Mills, the Left, and American Social Thought, is an intellectual biography of an influential American social critic that explores the origins and impact of his ideas in their historical context. My second book, Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy, investigates the long-running controversy over a famous 1965 government report about “the black family.” In these works and in several published articles, I examine what books and manuscripts tell us about broader cultural and political trends in the modern U.S.
Dr. Tim Groenland (English)
I recently completed a PhD in the School of English entitled “Consider the Editor: Textual Process in the Fiction of Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace.” My research grew from the conviction that examining the role of editors in the development of books can help us to see the ways in which the material processes of literary production contribute to the meaning of the resulting works. I’ve studied the editorial processes behind key works by Carver and Wallace, drawing on research I conducted at archives in Texas and Indiana on manuscripts that have only recently become available for study. The thesis focuses on editors Gordon Lish and Michael Pietsch, drawing on empirical evidence to illuminate the complex and often conflicting forms of agency involved in the genesis of several influential works of recent U.S fiction. The aim is to connect readings of these texts with a growing body of criticism that explores writing as a complex social and institutional event, and so to enable new insights into the works of two of the most influential American fiction writers of the past half century.
Dr. James Hanrahan (French)
My research focuses to a large extent in recent years on critical editions of the works of the French writer Voltaire. I have contributed numerous critical editions of a range of works by Voltaire written during the period 1760-1775. All of them include critical introductions, annotations and bibliographic information, as part of the Complete Works of Voltaire, published by the Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford. These critical editions – two of which include previously unknown texts, several of which were manuscripts – paint a vivid picture of Voltaire’s engagement with local political issues after his “retirement” in Ferney, pays de Gex. I am currently preparing a critical edition of one of Voltaire’s major historical works, Précis du siècle de Louis XV (1768), in collaboration with the Assistant Editor of the Complete Works project, Janet Godden. My previous collaborations with the Complete Works have included the annotation in French of a series of chapters of Voltaire’s universal history, the Essai sur les moeurs and his Questions sur l’Encyclopédie. One of my main areas of research interest is the interaction of texts with their public and the trajectories from ideas to action that they can produce. These concerns have been central to all my critical editions and to certain of my other peer-reviewed publications.
Professor John Horne (History)
My research focuses on the history of twentieth-century France and the Great War in a comparative and transnational perspective. I began as a social and labour historian but have more recently explored the uses of cultural history as a way of opening up new perspectives on the First World War without believing in the exclusivity of any one approach. I am currently writing a history of the French experience in the Great War. I am a board member of the Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne, and I participate in EURHISTXX, a consortium of research institutes across Europe, which explores writing the contemporary history of Europe at a continental level. From 2008 to 2010 I co-directed (with Professor Robert Gerwarth) a research project on ‘Paramilitary Violence after the Great War, 1917-1923: Towards a Global Perspective,’ which was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and which resulted in, among other outputs, a Oxford University Press book, published in 2012.
Dr. Andrew Johnstone (Music)
Though it encompasses a diverse range of studies and methods, the discipline of historical musicology is inalienably concerned with manuscripts and printed books. My own research is focused chiefly on the music of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England, with reference inter alia to manuscript chronology and transmission, scribal attributions, and the reconstruction of material from lost sources. My forthcoming book on the vernacular church music of William Byrd (c.1540–1632) draws new conclusions about authenticity and chronology primarily on the basis of contemporaneous manuscripts and prints. The relevant sources are among the 1,000 or so comprehended by an online database designed and maintained by me in collaboration with TCD Digital Humanities and the editorial committee of Early English Church Music (EECM) of which I have been a member since 2010. Planned projects include the reconstruction of a dozen manuscript compositions by Byrd which survive only in adapted as opposed to original form, a new edition of the liturgical works of Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) for EECM, and a study of the early transmission history of the oldest known piece of English liturgical polyphony in the vernacular, the Five-Part Litany attributed to Thomas Tallis (c.1505–85).
Professor Darryl Jones (English)
I am primarily a textual editor, working on Victorian and Edwardian genre fiction. I have 3 major ongoing projects that fall under this theme, plus one significant subsidiary project, and a few articles.The major projects are 3 critical editions of texts, all contracted to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and 2017: 1. Arthur Conan Doyle, Gothic Tales (to be published 2016) 2. H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (2017) 3. H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau (2017) These in turn are the successor-volumes to two more OUP critical editions which I have published in the past 4 years: 1. M. R. James, Collected Ghost Stories (2011) 2. Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (2014) As a subsidiary to this, I also have a contract with Oxford University Press to write a book on horror for its long-running and high-profile Very Short Introductions series. This is due for publication in 2018. In total, then, this amounts to a six-book contract with Oxford University Press.
Dr. Catherine Lawless (CGWS)
I work on representations of gender and holiness in Italian art of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. Intrinsic to this is astudy of elite Latin texts and vernacular Italian texts which produce or mediate sanctity, and how the hagiographic models they present are translated to visual culture. Gender is critical to the ways in which liturgical and hagiographic texts are organized, for example, ‘virgin martyr’ is a uniquely female type, despite male martyrs often also having the trope of virginity included in their narratives. ‘Widow’ is another category, with no corresponding ‘Widower’ in the accounts and organization of sanctity. I am presently working, with Dr Carolyn Muessig of the University of Bristol (Trinity Long Room Hub Fellow) on TCD MS 1765, a manuscript we believe to be from Corpus Domini in Venice, a Dominican Observant nunnery with close relationships to the followers of St Catherine of Siena. This will reveal patterns of female piety, as well as perhaps answering questions about the Dominican promotion of particular saints.
Professor Brian Mc Ging (Classics)
I am primarily a Greek papyrologist and historian of the Hellenistic period. My research spans a fault line between east and west that runs from Asia Minor down the east coast of the Mediterranean and on into Egypt. Major interests include the Hellenistic kingdoms of Asia Minor, particularly Pontus; Jewish history; the history of Egypt after Alexander the Great; Greek papyrology; Polybius of Megalopolis; Appian of Alexandia. I have been closely associated with our Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, which has been in receipt of Irish government funding.
Professor Damian Mc Manus (Irish)
My work at present involves for the most part editing and or analysing hitherto unpublished Bardic poetry dating from the period 1200-1650; also included here ar the Bardic Grammatical and Syntactical tracts, themost detailed analysis of a vernacular European language for their time. Many of tehese poems and tracts are in manuscripts housed in thelibrary in Trinity; others are in the RIA and NLI. The relationship of this work to the theme ‘Manuscript book and print cultures’ will be self-evident. It is important to bring this material to a larger audience. The publication of five hundred until then unpublished poems in A Bardic miscellany in 2010 has already brought great dividends in the way it has publicised the size and quality of the corpus of work involved and made these raw texts available to young scholars around the world. Hopefully, the Irish department will continue to play a leading role in the next stage, namely the editing of these poems. I was director of the Bardic Potry project sponsored by the HEA from 2000-2010 which led to the publication mentioned above and to the preparation of digital versions of all two thousand Bardic poems, now being used by many scholars in the field.
Dr. Kathleen Middleton (English)
My current project, ‘Memorialising the “Killing Times”’ is a re-evaluation of a major Scottish historical work published in 1721-2, The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland from the Restauration to the Revolution, by Robert Wodrow. Most of the source material comes from a large manuscript collection held in the National Library of Scotland. This consists of the author’s correspondence (8000+ letters) plus about 150 volumes of assorted historical manuscripts collected by the author. I am calendaring a portion of the correspondence and building a prototype database as secondary outcomes of this IRC project. The associated monograph will also deal with the eighteenth-century reception of Wodrow’s published book, thus touching on the ‘print culture’ aspect of the theme. Besides documenting the author’s antiquarianism and church history studies, the Wodrow manuscript collection contains considerable detail on his consumption of ephemeral prints and on his book-related transactions (both purchases and circulation among friends).
Professor Chris Morash (English)
Dr. Graeme Murdock (History)
My research focuses on the changing character of religious life and the communication of ideas in the first era of print in early modern Europe. I am interested in the role of printed texts in the Reformation, and have studied in particular Calvinism and Reformed churches and communities. I have examined the communication and reception of Calvinist ideas in a variety of genres (e.g. sermons, catechisms, popular tracts) and in different geographic and linguistic contexts (Hungary, France, Swiss lands, Savoy). I have analysed the development of print cultures in Central Europe following the Reformation, focusing in particular on Hungary and the Transylvanian principality. I have examined debates over religious truth in print, and popular responses to rival sets of ideas.
Dr. Brendan O'Connell (English)
As director of the MPhil in Medieval Langauge, Literature and Culture, I have found that postgraduate students are enormously interested in researching the medieval manuscripts in the Library’s collection. I am currently supervising an MPhil dissertation on MS 212, and have recently supervised a PhD thesis on MS 245. In my teaching I pay a great deal of attention to manuscript cultures, and have given lectures and seminars on the textual traditions of writers such as Chaucer and Langland, including contributing to the Sophister course on The Book, and arranging for postgraduate and undergraduate sessions that examine material from special collections, including the MSS collection and the Map collection. My teaching and research focuses on the literature of fourteenth and fifteenth century England, and as such engages very closely with the theme of Manuscript Book and Print Cultures.
Dr. David O'Shaughnessy (English)
My research is broadly concerned with eighteenth-century theatre. Much of my earlier work on William Godwin was based on MS material as I used his diary and unpublished plays to establish the perceived importance of theatrical discourse for the dissemination of his political ideology for him. Currently, my work is focused on London Irish playwrights of the latter half of the eighteenth century. I use their letters, plays, and other sources to establish the existence of a vibrant and coherent intellectual and political network that both advanced Irish patriot sentiment while also aligning itself with contemporary discourses of ‘improvement’. Finally, I am also working on censorship of the theatre in London during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. I am interested in using play MSS to trace how the state censorship apparatus changed over that period and the degree to which playwrights and theatre managers internalized that regime. This project is funded by the Marie-Curie programme.
Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (History)
My academic credentials are those of an historian of international standing. Whether in small groups or the lecture theatre, I am a passionate teacher. I also have extensive experience of supervising doctoral students and mentoring postdoctoral fellows. With regards to research I am an expert on seventeenth-century Ireland and Britain and have published ten books with major academic presses that have been well reviewed and received. Another two books - one a flagship volume in the forthcoming Cambridge History of Ireland and the other an edition - are well advanced. My latest monograph, Making Ireland English, published in 2012 by Yale University Press is the definitive book on Ireland’s aristocracy in the seventeenth century. I have written nearly 40 articles for major international journals and peer-reviewed anthologies and have edited or helped prepare for publication some important bodies of historical material. My current research is on 'Colonial Ireland, Colonial India' and the extent to which Ireland served as a ‘laboratory for empire’.
Professor Eve Patten (English)
A key aspect of my research concerns print culture networks, book history and publishing in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ireland and Britain. In this context I have organized two international conferences in the field, and am co-organiser of the forthcoming ‘Creative Networks’ conference at TCD, June 2015. I have published articles on nineteenth-century Irish publication history and readerships, and co-edited a volume of essays on book history and print culture theory. I currently supervise two postgraduates and one postdoctoral Fellow working in late nineteenth-century networks of print and publication. I work closely with Trinity Library and have supervised acquisitions including the Roy McFadden and Robert Greacen collections (Oscar Wilde Centre) and the Richard Ashe King Collection (main Library). I am interested in the development of book history/print culture at undergraduate level, and have designed and co-ordinated a full-year course in The Book, a compulsory Junior Sophister module in the School of English.
Dr. Fáinche Ryan (Loyola Institute)
There are two areas of my research interest that are relevant. The first is Aquinas studies and in particular the Biblical commentaries, which are not yet in critical editions. I remain in contact with the editor of the Leonine condition in this regard. The second area concerns my recent undertaking of a module entitled The Book of Kells: A theological reading, which entails exploration of early medieval manuscripts.
Professor John Scattergood (English)
Because my work is almost exclusively on Medieval and Renaissance literature, manuscripts 2 and early printed books figure prominently in it. Some of my publications deal directly with manuscripts: a lot of these are collected in Manuscripts and Ghosts: Essays on the Transmission of Medieval and Early Renaissance Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), but there are essays on manuscripts in other collections of mine and about 10 other essays in journals and collections edited by others (see the RSS). The editorial work (and the monograph) on John Skelton deal extensively with manuscripts and early prints, as does the work on Sir John Clanvowe. But the manuscript context of a text or the circumstances of its publication in print often provide information valuable for its understanding and interpretation (especially if the text is anonymous) so a knowledge of the primary sources is never very far away from work of mine which is primarily critical or literary historical.
Dr. David Shepherd (Loyola Institute)
My recent work on visual representations of the biblical tradition in The Bible on Silent Film (CUP, 2013) focuses specifically on the hermeneutical and cultural factors which influence the way in which the biblical text is re-imagined in a medium which combines text (intertitles) and moving pictures. This work continues in my forthcoming edited volume, The Silents of Jesus (Routledge, 2015). This spring (April 14th, 2015) I presented a piece of research ‘There’s something in the water: the magic of the Sotah (Numbers 5) in comparative perspective’ at a symposium on ‘Text, Ritual and Magic’ at the University of Helsinki. This research compares the relationship between the materiality of the text and priestly ritual described in the biblical tradition with textualisation known from rituals in the Egyptian ‘Magical Greek Papyri’
Dr. Samuel Slote (English)
A large portion of my work is informed by genetic criticism and, accordingly, much of my current work involves the collection of new Joyce manuscripts that the NLI acquired in 2002 and 2006. I have published some of the first critical studies of these manuscripts including a collection I co-edited with a colleague now at UCD:How Joyce Wrote ‘Finnegans Wake’(2007). The editorial work for this was extensive since, for example, all the contributors’ transcriptions from Joyce’s manuscripts were scrupulously checked against the originals. My annotated edition of Ulysses (Alma, 2012, revised 2015) includes 9000 all-new annotations. I have also written on the status of Beckett’s bilingual œuvre. I am the founding co-director of the Samuel Beckett Summer School at Trinity College Dublin. I am recognised as one of the few Joyceans worldwide who is a specialist in both Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. I also have published essays on Beckett, Woolf, Modernism and Nabokov.
Dr. Jürgen Uhlich (Irish)
From the beginning of my third-level studies, all my academic work has sought to combine the approaches two very different disciplines, comparative linguistic reconstruction and textual analysis and editing. The latter is a prerequisite for any further work with (thereby established) synchronic linguistic data, such as diachronic extrapolation. Therefore, my main interest has gradually shifted from Indo-European “Comparative Philology” to the analysis and interpretation of attested linguistic facts. For this it is necessary to acquire and refine all aspects of the philological method originally developed for the study of Ancient Greek and Latin and adapt these to the specific states of transmission of other languages preserved in writing only. My own field is that of medieval Celtic philology, mainly Early Irish (i.e. pre-1200 AD), and the extant documents are preserved mostly in manuscripts and also in lapidary or other inscriptions. Methodological questions of how to evaluate and interpret these have informed all of my published work and continue to do so with regard to my current projects, a Handbook of Early Old Irish, editing the remains of the period of c. 550–700, and a critical edition of the Middle Irish text Fingal Rónáin ‘The kin-slaying of Rónán’.
Dr. Ema Vyroubalova (English)
My research focuses on the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. I am currently completing a monograph on the interactions between English and foreign languages in England between 1534 and 1625. The project deals primarily with encounters between English and other languages in a range of early modern dramatic texts and theoretical discussions of linguistic difference in a variety of early modern non-fiction prose texts. I am also interested in the performance history of Shakespeare’s plays, especially outside of the UK and North America, and Shakespeare on film. I am an area editor for the Elizabethan and Jacobean volume of the online Literary Encyclopedia, for which I am currently developing a subsection on cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.
Dr. Tom Walker (English)
I view my research in modern literary studies and Irish studies as contributing to a major turn towards empirical and materialist research in the humanities. Focusing on the connection of literature to the other arts and to broader currents in intellectual history, it aims to illuminate and analyse a vibrant, collaborative, and variegated cultural scene in twentieth-century Ireland, Britain and beyond, marked by archipelagic and international links. For this the extensive examination of manuscript and print materials are essential. Looking at modern literary manuscript materials such as letters and notebooks allows my research to trace and illuminate key cultural and intellectual networks of influence and exchange. Manuscript drafts allow me to excavate where literary texts begin and how in the course of their composition they change. Explorations in print culture, particularly in relation to periodical and poetry publishing culture, allow me to investigate how texts and ideas are mediated and exchanged. My forthcoming monograph onLouis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time involved the examination of over manuscript 20 archives, in Ireland, Britain and North America. My present research on Yeats has already seen me travel to archive collections on both sides of the Irish Sea and the Atlantic.
Dr. Shane Wallace (Classics)
I study this history of the Classical and Hellenistic Greek world, working particularly with literary and epigraphic sources.
Dr. Pádraic Whyte (English)
am co-director of the MPhil programme in Children’s Literature at the School of English, Trinity College. My research is in the area of children’s literature and is directly tied to this research theme. Much of my research activity involves developing the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books, a collection of over 10,000 children’s books given to Trinity College Library as the result of a bequest in 2005. I am currently working on the National Collection of Children’s Books, a two-year interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research project funded by the Irish Research Council.