Dublin Celebrates the Wake’s 80th Birthday: “Finnegans Wake at 80” by Derek Pyle

James Joyce Quarterly, Volume 56, Number 1-2, Fall 2018-Winter 2019, pp. 10-17 (Article)

Published by The University of Tulsa DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/jjq.2019.0029

Dublin Celebrates the Wake’s 80th Birthday: “Finnegans Wake at 80”; “Lucia Joyce: Perspectives”; “Text/Sound/Performance: Making in Canadian Space”; and “Finnegans Wake-End,” 11-13 April, 25-27 April, and 3-5 May, 2019 .

4 May 2019 marked eighty years since the first publication of Finnegans Wake, and this spring multiple events in Dublin celebrated the book’s impact, history, and continuing legacy. These events included “Finnegans Wake at 80,” an academic conference organized by Sam Slote at Trinity College; “Lucia Joyce: Perspectives,” an afternoon event following immediately after “Finnegans Wake at 80” and dedicated to Lucia Joyce, organized by Genevieve Sartor; the “Text/ Sound/Performance” conference at University College Dublin organized by Gregory Betts; and the James Joyce Centre’s “Finnegans Wake-End,” which took place during the 3-5 May bank-holiday weekend. When viewed as a whole, these events represent a significant turn in academic, artistic, and popular interest in and appreciation for Joyce’s final work.

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