Illuminating The Wake no. 30

My exploration of Finnegans Wake, a personal process of ‘reading-through-drawing’ continues with the fifth ‘chapter’ of ‘book’ I. The process always begins with the book itself and my immediate responses to what I find in the text. I make pencil annotations of my impressions each time I revisit a passage, trying not to be too […]

Autumn/Winter Lecture Series at the James Joyce Centre

The James Joyce Centre is proud to present the schedule for this year’s Autumn/Winter Lecture Series. This season will see an impressive line-up of established scholars bring their various disciplinary interests to the table in a programme that touches on topics ranging from politics, history and music to the World Wide Web. Lectures take place […]

On this day…30 November

On 30 November 1900 Oscar Wilde died. Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 and was educated first at Portora Royal School and Trinity College before going on to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry in 1878. His first collected volume of poems was published in 1881 and he […]

On this day…29 November

By 29 November 1907 Joyce had finished revising first chapter of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Joyce had been working on an autobiographical novel well before leaving Dublin, but in autumn 1907 he began to rework what he had already written into what was to become A Portrait of the Artist […]

On this day…28 November

On 28 November 1940 the Joyce received permission to enter Switzerland. Since August 1940 Joyce and his family had been trying to obtain permission to leave unoccupied France for Switzerland. Various obstacles and delays meant that permission to enter Switzerland was not granted until 28 November, and the Joyces didn’t leave France until mid-December. From […]