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Tue, 19:00

Trinity Evening Lecture Series: Fear in Literature 2019

Date and Time

Tue 19 February 2019
19:00 - 20:00

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Trinity College Dublin,
Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building (Nassau Street entrance)

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Beowulf’s Grendel, Hamlet’s ghost, Frankenstein’s monster, and many other figures inspire fear in the fictional worlds they haunt. Plays, poems, and novels can themselves have the capacity to scare their audiences and readers. Literary works have been especially attuned to the anxieties of their own periods, and have often retained the power to unsettle readers of later times. In this series of lectures members of the School of English will survey the literature of fear from the Anglo-Saxons up to the present, exploring how literary works have set out both to frighten their audiences and to reflect on the very nature of fear itself. 



Time and Place:

All lectures will take place from 7-8pm in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building (Nassau Street entrance), Trinity College Dublin.


22 Jan. 2019Sleeping with the Lights on: The Pleasures of Horror by Darryl Jones


29 Jan. 2019 Grendel and the Pleasures and Uses of Fear by Alice Jorgensen


05 Feb. 2019 The Belly of Hell: Jonah and the Whale in Medieval Literature by Brendan O'Connell


12 Feb. 2019 “I have supped full with horrors”: Fear in Macbeth by Ema Vyroubalová


19 Feb. 2019 "I have a sin of fear" – John Donne and the fear of God by Mark Sweetnam


26 Feb. 2019 “I do not fear it: I have been there”: Facing Fear in Sylvia Plath by Rosie Lavan


12 Mar. 2019 From Fear to Anxiety and Back: Algernon Blackwood's “The Willows” by Björn Quiring


19 Mar. 2019 The Slender Man and Fear of the Internet by Bernice Murphy


26 Mar. 2019 What's Supposed to be Frightening About Dracula? by Jarlath Killeen


02 Apr. 2019 Mary’s Monster: Maternal Fear in Frankenstein by Clare Clarke


Please note : No lecture on Tues 5th March






€60 for the entire series. Indivdual lectures are €7 each.


Concessionary Fee:

Concessionary rates for the full series will be €45 or an individual lecture will be €6 each. Concessionary rates apply to: students, OAPs, unemployed, groups of 20+, TCD staff & graduates, Teachers bringing groups of students receive a free Teacher Pass.