Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, Academic Liaison Officer for the School of English

Teaching and Research Interests

My research focuses on the literature and culture of Victorian Britain and Ireland, though I also have a longstanding interest in eighteenth-century Ireland and especially the history and pre-history of Gothic literature on this island.

To date, I have written five monographs: two on Oscar Wilde, The Faiths of Oscar Wilde(Palgrave, 2005); The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Ashgate, 2007) – and three on Gothic literature: Gothic Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2005) Gothic Literature, 1825-1914(University of Wales Press, 2009); The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). All five focus extensively on the significance of religion in cultural studies. I have also edited two collections of essays on major writers of Irish Gothic literature, Oscar Wilde (Irish Academic Press, 2010) and Bram Stoker (Four Courts Press, 2013). I am editing a collection of essays on Sheridan Le Fanu, due for publication in 2016. I also organized two major international symposia in Trinity College on Bram Stoker (2012) and Sheridan Le Fanu (2014). At the moment I am writing articles on the romance writer Nora Roberts, the actor Tod Slaughter, the Irish Victorian improvement writer Mrs. Hall, Varney the Vampire and Victorian hygiene, Irish Gothic literature, and beginning a book-length study of the discourse of childhood in eighteenth-century Irish writing and culture.

Prior to my appointment to Trinity College, I was Lecturer in Victorian Literature in Keele University, Staffordshire (2004-05). I have also lectured in Irish Studies, in both Ireland (in University College Dublin) and Canada (at the University of Toronto).

I have supervised PhDs in many areas, including:

  • Thomas Hardy and the Law
  • Theodicy and the Victorian Novel
  • Cannibalism in Twentieth Century Culture
  • Beauty and the Victorian Novel
  • Sheridan Le Fanu and Female Insanity
  • Christmas in Early Nineteenth-Century British Culture
  • Islands in Contemporary Popular Culture



  • The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction: History, Texts, Theories (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013)
  • Gothic Literature, 1824-1914 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, June 2009)
  • The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (London: Ashgate, 2007)
  • Gothic Ireland: Horror and the Irish Anglican Imagination in the Long Eighteenth Century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005)
  • The Faiths of Oscar Wilde: Catholicism, Folklore and Ireland (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Edited Books

  • Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013)
  • Oscar Wilde: Irish Writers and Their Work (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010)


  • ‘Tod Slaughter,’ Lost Souls. Eds. Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy (Hippocampus Press, forthcoming 2016)
  • ‘Picking Grandmamma’s Pockets:’ Co-written with Marion Durnin (The National Collection of Children’s Books Project, forthcoming 2016)
  • ‘The Greening of Oscar Wilde: Situating Ireland in the Wilde Wars’ (Irish Studies Review. Forthcoming 2015)
  • Dracula,’ Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (New York, Oxford University Press)
  • ‘Muscling Up: Bram Stoker and Irish Masculinity in The Snake’s Pass,’ Irish Gothics: Genres, Forms, Modes and Traditions, 1760-1890, eds. Christina Morin and Niall Gillespie (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 168-87)
  • ‘Introduction: Remembering Stoker,’ Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), pp. 15-36
  • ‘Emptying Time in Anthony Trollope’s The Warden,’ Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes, eds. Trish Ferguson and Jane Carroll. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 38-56)
  • ‘An Irish Carmilla?’ Carmilla: An Edition with Critical Essays, ed. Kathleen Costello-Sullivan (New York: University of Syracuse Press, 2013) pp. 99-109
  • ‘Wilde, the Fairy Tales, and the Oral Tradition,’ Oscar Wilde in Context, eds. Peter Raby and Kerry Powell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 186-94
  • ‘Irish Gothic,’ Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gothic, eds. William Hughes, David Punter, and Andrew Smith (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
  • ‘Victorian Gothic Pulp Fiction,’ The Victorian Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, eds. Andrew Smith and William Hughes (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012), pp. 43-56
  • In the Name of the Mother: Perverse Maternity in ‘Carmilla,’ Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu, eds. Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian Showers (New York: Hippocampus Press, 2011, pp. 351-372)
  • ‘Tim LaHaye, Left Behind, and the Catholic Church,’ Left Behind and the Evangelical Imagination, eds. Crawford Gribben and Mark Sweetman (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press 2011), pp. 69-83.
  • ‘Evil Innocence: The Child and Adult in Fiction,’ Irish Children’s Literature and Culture: New Perspectives on Contemporary Writing, eds. Keith O’Sullivan and Valerie Coughlan (London: Routledge, 2011), pp.115-28
  • ‘Introduction: Wilde’s Aphoristic Imagination,’ Oscar Wilde: Irish Writers and Their Time, ed. Jarlath Killeen (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010), pp. 1-23
  • ‘Gendering the Victorian Ghost Story? Victorian Women and the Challenge of the Phantom,’ The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century, eds Helen Conrad O’Briain and Julie Ann Stevens (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010), pp. 81-96
  • ‘Teaching The Portrait of Mr. W. H.: Approaches to Teaching Oscar Wilde. ed. Philip E. Smith II (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008,) pp. 75-82
  • Irish Gothic,’ Literary Encyclopaedia (June 2008)
  • ‘Irish Gothic Revisited,’The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies
  • ‘Irish Gothic: A Theoretical Introduction,’ The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 1 (2006)
  • ‘Oscar Wilde and Feminism: Prolegomena’ The AnaAchronisT Volume 10 (2004): 46-60
  • ‘Mother and Child: Realism, Maternity, and Catholicism in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening,’ Religion and the Arts 7: 4 (2003): pp. 413-38
  • ‘Woman and Nation Revisited: Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose,’ Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture. eds. Aaron Kelly and Alan Gillis, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001) pp. 141-7
  • ‘Diaspora, Empire, and the Religious Geography of Victorian Social Relations in Wilde’s Fairy Tales,’ New Voices in Irish Criticism. ed. P. J. Matthews. (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000), pp. 183-9


Dr Jarlath Killeen
Room 4005
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: + 353 1 896 2337

Staff page: