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College Photo Name Piesse, Amanda Jocelyn
Main Department English
College Title Associate Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 1934
I am a Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, to which I came in January 1995 from a previous post at the University of Durham. I teach, supervise and research in English renaissance literature, with special interests in Shakespeare and in the Tudor moral interlude, and in children's literature, with special interests in Tudor schoolroom texts, in the novels of Eilis Dillon, and in the representation of old people in children's books. Current research projects include work on old people in children's books as part of the Lived Life group and the Trinity Consortium on Ageing, creating a research programme around the Pollard collection of children's books and work on early modern education. I was a co-founder of Early Modern Forum Ireland and am currently Secretary to the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Secretary, Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature 2007 2009
International Research Society for the Study of Children's Literature 2003
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellow, Trinity College Dublin 2003
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Medium
German Medium Medium Medium
Description of Research Interests
Shakespeare; sixteenth-century writing in England; early modern schoolbooks for children in England; landscape in children's literature; old people in children's books; Eilis Dillon's children's novels;
Research Interests
Age related social policy Ageing and the life-course Ancient Philosophy, esp. Plato and Aristotle. Changing gender role attitudes in Ireland
Children's literature Cinema and Ireland Gender role attitudes & behaviour Gender roles
Greek philosophy, Platonism Greek tragedy, Euripides History of childhood History of education
History of women's education Language and/or Literature, Poetry Language and/or Literature, Renaissance Lifelong Learning
Literary History Literature of the Reformation Religious History Renaissance drama
Renaissance literature Shakespeare Theatre History Tudor moral interludes
reception of classical texts in early modern literature
Research Projects
Project title Lived Life project
Summary This is a multi-disciplinary project on ageing among art history, gender studies, history, multimedia studies and English literature. We explore the experience of ageing in Ireland over the last fifty years, a half-century that has seen radical transformations within Irish society as well as in the wider world. We explore how ageing and older people have been represented in Irish life, in the visual arts, theatre and literature as well as in public policy discourse and elicit experience, memory and recollection of the experience of ageing itself. What has it meant to be older in the changing Ireland of the last fifty years, what has it felt like, and what attitudes, presuppositions, prejudices and omissions have contributed? How have literature, art, history, the media in Ireland represented older people? Have the representations been consistent, or are there signs of change? 2005-6 we funded six M Phil students to write cognate dissertations in response to these questions and presented the findings through seminars and a symposium.
Funding Agency Front Gate Club (alumni)
Type of Project
Date from December 2005
Date to December 2006
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Fictonalizing families in, editor(s)Valerie Coghlan and Keith O'Sullivan , Irish Children's Literature and Culture, London, Routledge, 2011, pp85 - 97, [Amanda Piesse]
Kyd's Spanish Tragedy in, editor(s)Michael Hattaway , A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Oxford, Wiley Blackwell, 2010, pp70 - 80, [A.J. Piesse]
Identity in, editor(s)Michael Hattaway , A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, Oxford, Wiley Blackwell, 2010, pp463 - 474, [A.J. Piesse]
Hidden heresies in Jacke Jugeler in, editor(s)Eilean ni Chuilleanain and John Flood , Heresy and Orthodoxy in Early English Literature 1350-1680, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2010, pp90 - 100, [Amanda Piesse]
Allegory and reformation poetics in David Lindsay's Ane Satire of the Thrie Estaitis(1552-54) in, editor(s)Crawford Gribben and David George Mullen , Literature and the Scottish Reformation, Farnham, Ashgate, 2009, pp81 - 94, [Amanda J. Piesse]
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