Happy Halloween from the Burns Library!

Stoker, Bram. Under the Sunset. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1882. Illustration opposite page 50, by W.V. Cockburn.

Stoker, Bram. Under the Sunset. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1882. Illustration opposite page 50, by W.V. Cockburn, 03-52250 Kingsland.

The John J. Burns Library is celebrating Halloween this year by highlighting this research guide (or Libguide) created by Irish Studies Librarian Kathy Williams and Collection Services Librarian Brendan Rapple for Professor Marjorie Howes’ English 607 class on Irish Gothic.  According to Professor Howes, this class focuses on “Ghosts and vampires, lunatics and criminals, human corruption and supernatural punishment: these things have fascinated generations of Irish writers and readers. This advanced seminar investigates why Ireland produced such a rich tradition of Gothic literature, beginning in the early nineteenth century and continuing right up to the present.  This class also explores various critical and theoretical approaches to the genre: political, historical, psychological, sexual, and religious. Writers to be studied include Maria Edgeworth, Sheridan LeFanu, Charles Maturin, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, and Patrick McCabe.”  So this Halloween enjoy some frighteningly good research with this guide to the Irish Gothic and watch out for those things that go bump in the night!

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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