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Ulysses for All – Spring/Summer Reading Group
June 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ulysses for All: Uncovering Hidden Histories
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Join us in February 2016 at the James Joyce Centre for the return of our popular lifelong learning course, Ulysses for All. Led by Dubliner and Joycean Caroline Elbay, the group will work through the episodes of Joyce’s masterpiece in a structured, accessible and relaxed environment. Beginning on Wednesday 3 February, the course runs over 18 weeks and will finish ahead of Bloomsday on 8 June – just in time for you to boast to the pretenders in costume that you’ve actually read the book! Joyce’s epic has a reputation for inaccessibility and difficulty, but Ulysses for All aims to show that this perception is far from accurate and when the book is read in a structured way it is not only comprehensible but full of humour, insight and beauty.
The thematic focus of the 2016 course will be on uncovering the hidden histories of the novel. Participants will be encouraged to explore the unique interplay between the factual and fictional that makes Ulysses so distinct. Members of the group will also be encouraged to conduct their own research on aspects of the book – exploring political and historical subtexts or simply offering their personal experience of reading the work. Those who chose to do so can publish their work on the Centre’s blog as part of a special project, ‘My Ulysses’. Special guest speakers will also drop in to impart their insights into the work and offer encouragement to the group on their journey.
So come along and find out why Ulysses For All is the most popular Joycean course in the city! Whether you’ve always wanted to just give it a go or if you’re an old hand when it comes to Joyce’s Big Blue Book of Eccles, you’ll find a welcoming environment here at the Centre. Past participants have been awarded scholarships to the annual Joyce Summer School and have travelled to Trieste for the Italian Summer School so you never know where it will take you! We invite you to join in our Dublin odyssey and put YOU into Ulysses.
Departure date: Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 6-8pm (thereafter the group meets each Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Centre)
Arrival date: Wednesday 8th June 2016
Cost: €160 for 18 weeks / €140 for students, seniors (60+) and the unwaged
Booking can be made securely via Paypal below, by telephone (01-8788547) or by dropping into the Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.