The dead, the undead and the supernatural have always been important elements of Irish culture and tradition. The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, the pre-cursor to Halloween, celebrated the division of the year between its lighter and darker halves, when the doors between this world and the next were opened. Writers from Ireland rank among the best-known in Gothic fiction and influenced the development of Gothic literature across the world
This event in Poland explored the spread of Irish Gothic in the Romantic period and its impact around the world. On 26th October, Tina delivered a lecture on ‘The Global Spread of Irish Gothic’ in the atmospheric Masonic Lodge in Warsaw city centre.
Dr Christina Morin is a lecturer in English at the University of Limerick. Her primary research interest lies in the literary gothic of Romantic Ireland, Britain and Europe. She has published widely on the subject. She is the author of Charles Robert Maturin and the Haunting of Irish Romantic Fiction (Manchester University Press, 2011) and The Gothic Novel in Ireland, c. 1760-1830 (Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2017).
While in Poland, Tina also met with staff and students at the Universities of Warsaw and Lódz to discuss her ongoing research and, in particular, her forthcoming monograph, The Gothic Novel in Ireland, c. 1760-1829.