Supported by the Long Room Hub and the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

‘Reading Shirley Jackson in the Twenty-First Century’ is an online symposium dedicated to exploring Jackson’s current literary and cultural standing. Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) is perhaps still best known for her short story “The Lottery” (1948) and her horror novel The Haunting of Hill House (1959), but her work also encompassed psychological thrillers, domestic humour, children’s writing, and short fiction, as well as cultural commentaries and advice for budding writers. In his preface to the 1966 posthumous collection, The Magic of Shirley Jackson, Jackson’s husband, the academic Stanley Edgar Hyman, presciently suggested that ‘the future will find her powerful visions of suffering and inhumanity especially significant and meaningful [..] and Shirley Jackson’s work is among that small body of literature produced in our time that seems apt to survive’. After decades of relative critical neglect, Jackson’s critical and cultural standing has been transformed by a surge of academic and popular interest. As such, it is the ideal time for an event dedicated to discussing the current and future state of Shirley Jackson studies.

The symposium consists of a mixture of live online panels and pre-recorded panels, discussions, and written material uploaded to this page and made available to attendees to view in their own time.

14th December 2021 Live Zoom Symposium


5.00 – 5.10: Introductory remarks

5.10 – 5.55: Panel 1 – The Critical Heritage

Chair: Dara Downey

Speakers: Jill Anderson, Shelley Ingram, Faye Ringel

6.00 – 6.45: Panel 2 – Shirley Jackson: A Companion

Chair: Kristopher Woofter

Speakers: Patrycja Antoszek, Emily Banks, Wyatt Bonikowski

7.00 – 7.45: Panel 3 – The Future of Shirley Jackson Studies

Chair: Bernice Murphy

Speakers: Miranda Corcoran, Janice Deitner, Daniel Kasper, Robert Lloyd

7.45 – 8.00: Closing Remarks and Thank You

Recordings of the live event are available here: https://shirleyjackson21stcentury.wordpress.com/tag/shirleycon-zoom-event/

Organisers: Dr Bernice Murphy (School of English), Janice Deitner (Provost’s PPA holder, School of English) Dr Dara Downey (Former IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow based in the LRH), Professor Stephen Matterson (School of English).

This event is part of the 2018/19 Provost’s PhD Award project, ‘Beyond Hill House: New Perspectives on Shirley Jackson’. Supervisor: Bernice Murphy, Award Holder: Janice Deitner