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A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Charles Robert Maturin's infamous gothic novel Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)

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Ragged, livid & on fire: The Wanderings of Melmoth at 200

A day of events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Charles Robert Maturin's infamous gothic novel Melmoth the Wanderer

Date: Friday, 29 October 2021

Location: Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Cost: Free to all

Organised by Christina Morin and Jason McElligott

9.00-9.30 Coffee and Registration

9.30-9.45 Opening Remakrs - Jason McElligott (Marsh's Library) and Tina Morin (UL)

9.45-10.30 Marine Galiné (Reims), 'The Anxiety of Motherhood in Melmoth the Wanderer'

10.30-11.15 Jim Kelly (Exeter), '"The pollution of my own cathedral": The Revelations of Charles Robert Maturin'

11.15-11.45 Tea/Coffee

11.45-12.30 Claire Connolly (UCC), 'Liquid Melmoth'

12.30-1.15 Katie Mishler (UCD/MoLI), '"A noctuary of terror": Melmoth's Labyrinth and the Spectral Legacies of Charles Maturin'

1.15-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.45 Julia M. Wright (Dalhousie), '"Thy Heart is Sunk": Storm and Sensibility in Maturin's Bertram'

2.45-3.30 Raphaël Ingelbien and Benedicte Seynhaeve (KU Leuven), 'Romantic Bardolatry and the Role of Shakespearean Allusions in the Characterization of Melmoth'

3.30-3.45 Move from Marsh's Library to St. Patrick's Cathedral

3.45-4.45 Public readings from Melmoth the Wanderer

The beautiful Lady Chapel of St Patrick's Cathedral is the spacious location for these readings from one of the scariest Irish novels ever published. Excerpts will be read by:

  • Joseph O'Connor, acclaimed novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick
  • Marie Gethins, award-winning short fiction writer and current PhD student at the University of Limerick
  • Darryl Jones, Professor of Modern British Literature and Culture at Trinity College Dublin and expert on all things gothic
  • Madeline Potter, specialist in Irish gothic literature and theodicy
  • Christina Morin, senior lecturer in English at the University of Limerick and author of Charles Robert Maturin and the Haunting of Irish Romantic Fiction.

This event is open to those attending the symposium, members of the general public, and visitors to St Patrick’s Cathedral. Pre-booking is not essential, but to assist with seating arrangements the organisers should be grateful if you would consider booking in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/170413651820

4.45 – 5.00 Move from St Patrick’s Cathedral back to Marsh’s Library

5.00 – 6.00 Launch in Marsh’s Library of the exhibition ‘“Ragged, livid & on fire”: The Wanderings of Melmoth at 200’

A first chance to see the new exhibition about the unusual 16th and 17th century books that Maturin used as background for his masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer. Access is limited to those who book a place via this link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/176147581157

Acknowledgements

This programme of events has been made possible by the award of a New Foundations grant from the Irish Research Council. The organisers wish to thank the Dean, the Very Revd Dr William W. Morton, for making available the Lady Chapel of St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Public Health Notice

Those attending the symposium in Marsh’s Library and the readings in St Patrick’s Cathedral will be required to follow the public health requirements in place on the day for each venue. In addition, those attending the exhibition launch in Marsh’s Library between 5.00 pm & 6.00 pm must:

  1. have booked in advance via the Eventbrite link above, and
  2. wear a mask in the public galleries of the library, as they are relatively confined spaces.
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