Jonathan Swift Festival 2019

November 23
14.00 | Marsh's Library

The Annual Dublin International Symposium on Jonathan Swift

The Dublin International Symposium on Jonathan Swift is an annual academic forum, open to the public, which since 2002 has presented the latest scholarly research on the life and works of Swift.  This year our speakers hail from the UK, Australia, the United States and France.

No registration required, all welcome.

Swift and Georgian Dublin

Time: 14.00  – 17.00

Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019

Location: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin D08 FK79.

Four leading experts on Jonathan Swift will present short papers (each of 20 minutes’ duration) on aspects of the great man’s life, writings, and relationships.

2.00 – 2.15    Welcome by Dr Bob Mahony of the Swift Foundation, USA.

2.15 – 3.45

– ‘Swift’s Lost Works and the Confessional State in Queen Anne’s Reign’, by Prof. Ian Higgins (Australian National University, Canberra).
– ‘Swift in 1719’, by Prof. Norma Clarke (University of Richmond, London).
– ‘Jonathan Swift and the Pursuit of Happiness’, by Prof. Melinda Rabb (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA).
– ‘Swift and Gibbon’, by Prof. Jenny Davidson (Columbia University, New York, USA),

3.45 – 4.00    Break

4.00 – 4.20    Response to the four papers by Dr. Nathalie Zimpfer (Université de Paris IV, France).

4.20 – 4.50    Questions and contributions from the audience

5.00 – 6.00    Drinks reception in Marsh’s Library sponsored by the Swift Foundation.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. No advance booking is necessary. Members of the public will be seated on a first-come, first-seated basis.


Georgian Dublin, Behind the Façade