Stories of the End: Apocalypse and Literature at Trinity

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Trinity School of English is presenting Stories of the End: Apocalypse and Literature, a Hilary Term Online Evening Lecture Series that will engage with the many literary forms of the end of the world, and ask: why do we love to tell Stories of the End?

The series runs Tuesday evenings from 1st February 2022.

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Stories of the End: Apocalypse and Literature

  • How have culture, history, & politics shaped the stories that we tell about the end of the world?
  • How have we thought about the apocalypse (which means, of course, “revelation”, as well as termination)?
  • How will we think about it in the future?
  • Might the end of the world, in 2021, at last really be nigh?

This lecture series will engage with the many forms that the end of the world has taken in literature, and ask: why do we love to tell Stories of the End?


€50 for the entire series. Individual lectures are €5 each. Concessionary rates for the full series will be €40 or individual lecture €4 each. The concessionary rate applies to: students, OAPs, unemployed, groups of 20+; TCD staff and Graduates.


There will be ten weekly lectures beginning on Tuesday 1st February 2022. Lectures will be uploaded at 7pm on Tuesdays. Tickets can be bought for any lecture at any time.

1st Feb Dr. Alice Jorgensen, “The End of the World a Thousand Years Ago: Fear of Judgement in Old English’

8th Feb Prof. Darryl Jones, “John Martin: The Victorian Master of Disaster”

15th Feb Dr. Brendan O’Connell, ‘When Hell heard the hounds of heaven’: the destruction of Sodom in Cleanness”

22nd Feb Dr. Mark Sweetnam, ‘”Babylon the great is fallen”: The History of the Apocalyptic Other’

1st Mar Prof. Eve Patten, T.H. White’s The Elephant and the Kangaroo

8th Mar Prof. Christopher Morash, “Conceiving Catastrophe: Yeats’s Apocalypses”

15th Mar Dr. Julie Bates, “Beckett and the End of the World”

22nd Mar Dr. Bernice Murphy, “Pandemics in American Literature & Film”

29th Mar Dr. Clare Clarke, Mary Shelley’s The Last Man

5th April Dr. Ema Vyroubalova, “”Even to the edge of doom”: Shakespeare, the end of the world, and thereafter”

Trinity College Dublin, located in the heart of Dublin city, is steeped in scholarly and national history. Today it remains Ireland’s highest ranked university and within the world’s top one hundred. TCD provides an excellent variety of courses throughout areas in the Arts and Humanities, Business, Law, Engineering, Science and Health Sciences.

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Steven Galvin

MSc in Psychotherapy at DCU Information Session
Diploma in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Graphic Illustration at Griffith College Dublin


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