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Reading Shirley Jackson in the 21st Century

Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 5 – 8pm

Reading Shirley Jackson in the 21st Century

‘Reading Shirley Jackson in the Twenty-First Century’ is an online symposium dedicated to exploring Jackson’s current literary and cultural standing supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub and the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

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Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) is perhaps still best known for her short story “The Lottery” (1948) and her horror novel The Haunting of Hill House (1959), but her work also encompassed psychological thrillers, domestic humour, children’s writing, and a variety of short fiction, as well as cultural commentaries and advice for budding writers. In his preface to the 1966 posthumous collection, The Magic of Shirley Jackson, Jackson’s husband, the academic Stanley Edgar Hyman, presciently suggested that ‘the future will find her powerful visions of suffering and inhumanity especially significant and meaningful [..] and Shirley Jackson’s work is among that small body of literature produced in our time that seems apt to survive’. After decades of relative critical neglect, Jackson’s critical and cultural standing has been transformed by a surge of academic and popular interest. As such, it is the ideal time for an event dedicated to discussing the current and future state of Shirley Jackson studies.

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The symposium will consist of a mixture of live online panels and pre-recorded panels, discussions, and written material which will be uploaded to this page and made available to attendees to view in their own time. Asynchronous content will be available here from 7th December 2021.
14th December 2021 Live Zoom Symposium

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5.00 – 5.10: Introductory remarks
5.10 – 5.55: Panel 1 – The Critical Heritage
Chair: Dara Downey
Speakers: Jill Anderson, Shelley Ingram, Faye Ringel
6.00 – 6.45: Panel 2 – Shirley Jackson: A Companion
Chair: Kristopher Woofter
Speakers: Patrycja Antoszek, Emily Banks, Wyatt Bonikowski
7.00 – 7.45: Panel 3 – The Future of Shirley Jackson Studies
Chair: Bernice Murphy
Speakers: Miranda Corcoran, Janice Deitner, Daniel Kasper, Robert Lloyd
7.45 – 8.00: Closing Remarks and Thank You

Registration is free and open to all, but every attendee must register on the registration page.

Organisers: Dr Bernice Murphy (School of English), Janice Deitner (Provost’s PPA holder, School of English) Dr Dara Downey (Former IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow based in the LRH), Professor Stephen Matterson (School of English).

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English
interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact:

Room: Online webinar
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Exhibits, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but Registration Required

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