Do you enjoy reading ghost stories alone at night? Have you ever binged an entire true crime series? Or do you unwind watching horror films like The Exorcist, or reading the supernatural novels of Stephen King? The Dublin Gothic Podcast is a series looking at the intersection between art, psychology, folklore, architecture, natural history and Ireland’s urban gothic writing.
What do dancing curates, and headless mummies, and dog-eared sixteenth-century manuscripts about sexual deviancy have in common? In this episode, Dr Katie Mishler speaks with Dr Tina Morin, senior lecturer in English at University of Limerick, and Dr Jason McElligott, Director of Marsh’s Library in Dublin, about Charles Maturin’s gothic masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) and Marsh’s Library’s new exhibition, Ragged, livid & on fire: The Wanderings of Melmoth at 200. The panel discuss Maturin’s visits to Marsh’s Library, imagine what he may have read there and shed light on some bizarre finds within the walls of the library.
Dr Katie Mishler is an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2022) in collaboration with the UCD Centre for Cultural Analytics and Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI). Her current project, Mapping Gothic Dublin: 1820-1900, researches the relationship between Dublin’s urban history and the development of Ireland’s literary gothic tradition.
The research for this podcast is supported by Dr Mishler’s postdoctoral project Mapping Gothic Dublin: 1820-1900, funded by an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Fellowship.
Producers: Ian Dunphy, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Graciela Hartung Morcillo
Sound: Ian Dunphy