Plenary Speakers

TCD Staff portraits 5.5.17 Pic Paul Sharp/SHARPPIXBernice M. Murphy is Lecturer in Popular Literature at the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. She has been director of the M.Phil in Popular Literature since 2009 and has published extensively on topics related to gothic and horror fiction and film. Her books include The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture (2009), The Rural Gothic: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness (2013), The Highway Horror Film (2014) and the co-edited (with Elizabeth McCarthy) essay collection Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic (2016). She has also published the text book Key Concepts in Popular Fiction (2017) and co-edited (with Stephen Matterson) the forthcoming collection Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction. and  She is the co-founder of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and was co-editor of the journal between 2006-12. Bernice is also a founding member of the Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS) and a recently appointed Fellow of T.C.D.


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Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and co-director of the MA Specialization Program in American Studies. She is the author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth Century American Literature (Ashgate 2010) and the co-editor of several collections of essays, including The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (with Justin Edwards, Routledge 2012), War Gothic (with Steffen Hantke, Routledge 2016) and Neoliberal Gothic: International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age (with Linnie Blake, Manchester UP, 2017). She is also the co-editor of a special issue of Gothic Studies (with Marie Lienard-Yeterian, published by MUP), on “The Gothic in an Age of Terror(ism),” has recently edited a special volume of Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture, focusing on “Gothic Matters” (Fall 2016), and has published articles on topics such as feminism, gender studies and queer theory, modernist aesthetics, melodrama, the adventure genre, horror cinema, postcolonial zombies, war literature and the combat film, and all manner of Gothic writers and topics.


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Angela Wright is Professor of Romantic Literature in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. She is a former co-President of the International Gothic Association (2013-17). Her publications include Gothic Fiction (Palgrave, 2007), Britain, France and the Gothic, 1764-1820: The Import of Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013 and 2015), (with Dale Townshend) Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic(Cambridge University Press, 2014 and 2016); (with Dale Townshend) Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). Her most recent book is entitled Mary Shelley and appears in the Gothic Literary Authors series in January 2018. She’s at work now on a number of new projects, including a book entitled Fostering Romanticism and the co-editing (with Dale Townshend and Catherine Spooner) of a three-volume Cambridge History of the Gothic.