Symposium: Editing Eighteenth-Century Ireland

University of Limerick & Mary Immaculate College

Editing Eighteenth-Century Ireland:

Process and Dissemination

 Ireland’s printed literature before 1800:

how, why and when should we produce new editions for the modern reader?

A One-Day Symposium: All Welcome

Board Room, Plassey House, University of Limerick, 2 May 2013

 9.00 Coffee and Welcome — Professor Meg Harper (Glucksman Chair in English)

9.30 Session 1

Deana Rankin (Royal Holloway), ‘Voicing Amazons: Editing Henry Burnell’s Landgartha (Dublin, 1640)’

Michael Griffin (UL), ‘Between Swift and Goldsmith: Editing the Poems of Laurence Whyte (Dublin, 1742)’

[Coffee 10.45]

 11.00   Plenary Lecture 1

Ian Campbell Ross (Professor emeritus, TCD)

‘Editing Chaigneau; or, Jack Connor, now John Conyers and … Huzza — Here’s Jack the Batchelor’

 12.15 Session 2

Christina Morin (UL), ‘To Edit, or not to Edit:

The Adventures of Miss Sophia Berkley and the Question of Piracy’

Aileen Douglas (TCD), ‘The Critical Edition and Research Metrics:

the Non-comprehension of Intellectual Work’

[Lunch 13.30]

 14.30 Session 3

Daniel Roberts (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘“Who the devil was Charles Johns[t]on”?:

Researching Johnston’s biography’

David O’Shaughnessy (TCD), ‘Editing Early Irish Drama’

 16:00 Plenary 2

Andrew Carpenter (Professor emeritus, UCD) and Lucy Collins (UCD)

‘The birds and the bees: editing The Irish Poet and the Natural World

17:15   Wine Reception

in honour of the publication of The Irish Poet and the Natural World: An Anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics (Cork UP, 2014).

Please contact the organisers for further information: Dr Tina Morin ( and Dr Michael Griffin (, School of LLCC


The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Irish Research Council.