Autumn / Winter Lecture Series 2019

For the 2019 Autumn/Winter Lecture Series, we’ve got a lot of fascinating talks to look forward to. In September we welcome Dr. Jonathan Creasy and in October Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher. Dr. Caroline Elbay will speak in November with James Joyce Centre Research Scholar Terence Killeen delivering the December lecture.

Follow the links below to book your place or call us on 01 878 8547. Remember, places are free but limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

“Joyce In Performance” – Dr. Jonathan Creasy
16th September 2019 @ 6.30pm

“He ought to have either died naturally or on the scaffold high. Like actresses, always farewell positively last performance then come up smiling again.”    —Ulysses, “Eumaeus”

This talk explores performative aspects of Joyce’s work from his play Exiles to the prose styles of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. It also focuses on adaptations of Joyce’s work for music and stage, particularly John Cage’s Roaratorio, an Irish circus on Finnegans Wake and Mary Manning’s Passages from Finnegans Wake.

The talk will conclude with a performance by guitarist-composer Benjamin Dwyer (Aosdána, Middlesex University) responding to Joyce’s work.

Jonathan C. Creasy is a writer, musician, broadcaster, filmmaker, and publisher based in Dublin, Ireland. He is Editor-in-Chief at New Dublin Press, a reporter for The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1, producer and presenter of The Writers’ Room, and an IRC Fellow in UCD, where he lectures in English and Creative Writing.

Creasy’s films include the forthcoming feature documentaries, An Inconvenient Masterpiece and Almost Home: Explorations on the Border. He holds a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin and has expertise in Irish and American literature, history, music, and performance. His writing appears in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, gorse, Dublin Review of Books, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. His book, The Black Mountain Letters, is published by Dalkey Archive Press and he has books forthcoming with New Directions (NYC) and University of New Mexico Press. Creasy worked at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin from 2008 to 2016.

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“Making Joyce – translating Joyce for live theatre performance” – Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher.
Monday 14th October @ 6.30pm

Over the last 9 years, Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy have devised over 8 music-theatre shows exploring the work of James Joyce. Originally developing performances before copyright restrictions were lifted, they initially focused on evoking Joyce’s life and work through a musical soundscape of early 20th century Dublin. Since then they have continued a musical and storytelling journey that aims to make Joyce accessible to new audiences and new performance spaces and that transcends educational, cultural and linguistic barriers. Their work explores themes such as language, politics, home, childhood and women and they have toured internationally from China to New York. This lecture will look at their process of translating Joyce for live theatre performance and will include musical and textual extracts from Joyce’s work.

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“Throwing Shapes: The Morphing Feminine in Joyce” – Dr. Caroline Elbay
4th November 2019 @ 6.30pm

Dr Caroline Elbay's Autumn/Winter 2018 Course at The James Joyce Cultural Centre

In the Modernist literary context, the term ‘metamorphosis’ elicits immediate associations with Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis (1915) in which the protagonist, a travelling salesman, Gregor Samsa, awakens one morning to discover that he has been transformed into a bug.

From the ‘bird girl’ and ‘bat-like soul’ of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, to the ‘cold nightsnake’ of Giacomo Joyce and the feminised Bloom in ‘Circe’, this lecture will explore how, through metamorphosis – a shifting of form or maturing to adulthood – and anthropomorphism, many of James Joyce’s female (and feminine) characters represent both [wo]man and nation intent on liberation.

Dr. Caroline Elbay lectures at Champlain College Dublin and CEA Study Abroad (Dublin), where she teaches courses in Irish literature; Academic Writing; Popular Culture & Irish Identity; and Irish music. Caroline is the co-founder and facilitator of a life-long learning programme at the Dublin James Joyce Centre.

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“Universal Joyce” – Terence Killeen
2nd December 2019 @ 6.30pm


James Joyce’s last work, Finnegans Wake, is meant to be a universal epic, covering the whole of world history, and operating at a level of generality that seems intended to transcend all previous efforts of this type. Does this universality, however, come at a price, in that individual struggles and sufferings, both of people and of nations, are all subsumed under the cover of an extremely abstract schema of history and of human development? This is the question that Terence Killeen will explore in his lecture “Universal Joyce?”, with special reference to the function of borders in the work.

Terence Killeen is the James Joyce Centre’s research scholar and author of Ulysses Unbound. He regularly leads seminars and lectures at both the Dublin and Trieste James Joyce Summer schools. Terence’s most recent publication is an essay on the earliest version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which appears in the collection Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings. He recently was the keynote speaker at the North American James Joyce Symposium in Mexico City in June 2019. He is a former journalist with the Irish Times, for which he still writes on Joyce-related matters. 

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