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SCARF: Jake Martin

Monday, 28 January 2019, 12 – 1pm

SCARF:  Jake Martin

A discussion led by Jake Martin (TCD) as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum.

In his book, The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction (Edinburgh, 2014), Jarlath Killeen likens the anxiety felt by the Protestant Ascendency toward the Catholic majority in eighteenth century Ireland, to that of the remaining survivors hiding from the zombies in George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead (1968).  So, it seems only fitting that one of the earliest and best-crafted of the current wave of Irish horror films is, in fact, a film about zombies: Stephen Bradley’s Boy Eats Girl (2005).

Jake Martin's paper will examine representations of clergy in Boy and its debt to the Irish Gothic tradition; analysing the means by which the film excavates and repurposes the ‘fallen priest’ of the Protestant, Irish past, in order to demonstrate the irrelevance of the Catholic Church in the Irish present.  Of particular interest to this project is Matthew Gregory Lewis’ seminal Gothic novel, The Monk (1796) and its depiction of the ‘monstrous Catholic Other’, of eighteenth century Protestant Ireland, in the form of the ‘fallen priest’ (Killeen, 2014, 145), specifically, in relation to Boy''s own ‘fallen priests’, as representative of the source of the shamed and diminished twentieth century Irish Catholic Church.

About the series

The School of Creative Arts Research Forum meets weekly. It aims to provide a space for School researchers, both staff and postgraduate students, to share their ideas in an informal, supportive environment. It is also an opportunity for the School to hear about the research of colleagues both from within TCD and outside who share our research interests. In line with the research agenda of the School, talks will encompass traditional research and practice-based research. It also organises special sessions on research funding. Each talk should last around 20 mins and will be followed by a Q & A.

See full schedule here

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Digital Humanities
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free

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