Darryl Jones

Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Trinity College Dublin

My major research and teaching interest is in the general area of popular literature, particularly in the fields of horror fiction and film, and of Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction.  Most specifically, I am interested in writers such as M. R. James, H. G. Wells, Arthur Machen, Sax Rohmer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. P. Lovecraft, and their contemporaries in fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century popular literature.  My edition of the Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James was published by Oxford University Press in 2011, and my Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson was published by OUP in 2014.  I am currently working on editions of Arthur Coman Doyle's Gothic Tales, and H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds and The Island of Doctor Moreau, all for OUP.

My work tends to focus largely (though not exclusively) on British writing, and I’m currently writing a monograph entitled Dead London: Representing the Shadow-City in the Nineteenth Century, which examines the way in which London’s various shadows, doubles, undergrounds and unofficial or abject selves are imagined in Victorian literature and culture. This book is part of a long-term engagement with mass death and catastrophe fiction since the Enlightenment, which so far has resulted in articles on Floods in Victorian Fiction, on the Death of the Sun in Victorian culture, on H. G. Wells, on the Christian Right Left Behind series of bestselling apocalyptic thrillers, on The Turner Diaries and other American neo-Nazi novels, and on the Decline and Fall of the American Empire. I have also edited 2 books on 1950s literature and culture. 

I have a long-standing teaching and research interest in the nineteenth-century novel, and most particularly the work of Jane Austen, on whom I published a monograph in 2004. As a native speaker of Welsh, I also find myself making occasional interventions in the subjects of Welsh culture and literature.  I have supervised numerous PhDs in the general area of popular literary studies.