To celebrate the publication of the essay collection Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2018, edited by Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson), the School of English is hosting a day-long symposium on the theme of ‘Popular Fiction in Transition.’ Since the 1990s, the study of popular fiction has been transformed from a relatively niche topic into one of the most vibrant and rapidly expanding areas of inquiry within contemporary literary studies. Since the establishment of the M.Phil in Popular Literature in 2005, Trinity College has been at the forefront of this field of academic inquiry.
Our symposium will bring together academics, fans and authors in lively and accessible discussion panels order to consider current and future trends in popular fiction, including increasing genre hybridity, new and emerging genres, and popular fiction’s relationship to transmedia elements such as film, TV and podcasts. Copies of the book will be on sale during this event, and a book launch and wine reception will follow the day’s discussion panels.
There will be a keynote lecture by leading popular fiction expertDavid Glover, and there will be three academic strands consisting of discussion groups led by invited speakers. The participation of audience members in the Q&A portions of these panels is warmly welcomed.
10:00 -Welcome and opening
10:15: Strand 1: Contemporary Fantasy
• Respondents: Jane Carroll, Jim Shanahan, Ailise Bulfin, Tara Prescott
12:00: Strand 2: The Contemporary Thriller
• Respondents: Bernice M. Murphy, Clare Clarke, Eva Burke, and Catherine Ryan Howard (author of Distress Signals and The Liar’s Girl).
13:15: Lunch (independent)
14:30: Keynote lecture: David Glover, “Popular Literature in the Academy”
Introduced by Stephen Matterson
16:15: Strand 3: Changing Genres: The Future of Popular Fiction
Respondents: Stephen Matterson, Conor Reid, Keith O’Sullivan, Áine Madden
17:30 Reception and launch of Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction by Prof. Darryl Jones, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
This event was made possible thanks to generous funding from the TCD Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund and the support of the School of English. Organised by Dr Bernice Murphyand Professor Stephen Matterson