15 October – Venue: The Arts Council of Ireland, Le Fanu’s home at 70 Merrion Square

15.30: Opening by Sheila Pratschke, Chairperson of the Arts Council of Ireland 

Chair: Sheila Pratschke
Plenary address: Prof. W. J. McCormack – Sheridan Le Fanu’s Houses and Lousers

17.00: Tea & coffee

PLEASE NOTE that this venue has limited capacity. To reserve a seat e-mail Valeria Cavalli at


16 October – Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College

9.30: Meet & greet

Chair: Dr
 Bernice Murphy (Trinity College Dublin)
Speaker: Prof. Victor Sage (University of East Anglia) – Time and the Layered Text, in Le Fanu, with a Question on the Future

10.45: Coffee break

11am: Panel 1
Chair: Dr Clare Clarke (Trinity College Dublin)

Reuben Steenson (Queen’s University Belfast) – Through the Looking Glass Darkly: the Alice Influence in Some Later Fictions of Sheridan Le Fanu
Maria Giakaniki (ind.) – The Wicked Fairy and the Child: Mysterious Seducers, Enchanted Victims and Intertextuality in Three Short Stories and a Novella
Dr Gavin Selerie (ind.) – Brinsley Le Fanu’s Contribution to his Father’s Biography and Art
Dr Albert Power (ind.) – Richard Marston of Dunoran: a Tragedy across Three Decades

13.00: Lunch

 Chair: Dr Valeria Cavalli (Trinity College Dublin)
Speaker: Prof. Gaïd Girard
 (Université de Bretagne Occidentale) – Growing a Voice:  Le Fanu and the Laboratory of the Dublin University Magazine

15.00: Panel 2 

Chair: Dr
 Christina Morin (University of Limerick)
Dr Raphael Ingelbien (University of Leuven, Belgium) – ‘Squire Toby’s Will’: the Narratological Implications of Le Fanu’s Anglo-Irish Subtexts

Prof. Richard Haslam (St Joseph’s University, Philadelphia) – Le Fanu’s ‘Green Tea’ and Irish Victorian Calvinism

Aoife Dempsey (Trinity College Dublin) – Hyphenated States: the Postcolonial Geographies of J. S. Le Fanu’s Gothic Fiction

Michael Waldron (University College Cork) – Reception: Back Drawing-Rooms in Le Fanu and Bowen

16.45: Coffee break

 Chair: Dr Jarlath Killeen (Trinity College Dublin)

Speaker: Prof. Alison Milbank
 (University of Nottingham) – Death and the Maiden: Theology, Gender and the Grotesque in Le Fanu’s Fiction

18.00: Closing remarks

18.15: Book launch – Irish Gothics: Genres, Forms, Modes, and Traditions, 1760-1890, edited by Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie



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