Monthly Archives: January 2014

PGSeminar 29 Jan


This week, we welcome Prof. Brad Kent as our guest speaker with a paper entitled ‘The Making of the Public Intellectual: The Essays of Sean O’Faolain.’

Brad Kent is Associate Professor of British and Irish Literatures at Université Laval in Quebec City.  His research is engaged with intersections of literature and the political sphere.  He has published in such journals as University of Toronto Quarterly, ARIEL, Irish University Review, and Modern Drama, and in 2012 his critical edition of Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession was published by Methuen Drama.  Currently on sabbatical leave here at Trinity College, he is working on an essay for The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, which is being edited by our own Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash, and two book projects: Bernard Shaw in Context, under contract with Cambridge University Press, and an anthology of Sean O’Faolain’s essays, under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press.  His paper this week arises from the work he has undertaken on the latter project.

Please join us as usual at 5pm on Wednesday in room 4047. We will, as is also usual, continue the conversation afterwards in the Duke!


PGSeminar 22 Jan


This week we welcome Monica Insinga of UCD and Kate Smyth of TCD for what promises to be a really interesting session. Monica’s paper is entitled Dreamspace, the City, and a New ‘Ice Age’ in Marina Carr’s “Marble” and Kate will present a paper entitled ‘All the World Had Agreed’: Social Constructions of Beauty in Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.” Abstracts for both papers can be read here:

As always, we will make our way to the Duke afterwards to continue the conversation. Please do join us on Wednesday at 5pm in our new venue of room 4047.

PGSeminar 15 Jan

The seminars return for Hilary term this Wednesday at 5pm. It’s the same time, but a different place as we take up residence in room 4047 for the next twelve weeks.

To kick things off, Dr. Gillian Groszewski will speak to us about the deceptively fascinating topic of anthologies with a paper entitled Anthology Wars: Thom Gunn’s and Ted Hughes’s “Five American Poets.” You can read an abstract of the paper here:

The schedule for the rest of term is also now available along with abstracts for most papers, so you can start to mark the dates in your diaries – in pen! As always, we will decamp to the Duke to continue the conversation afterwards and would be delighted to see as many of you there as possible.