“Joyce In Performance” – Dr. Jonathan Creasy
September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The James Joyce Centre is delighted to welcome Dr. Jonathan Creasy for the first installment in our 2019 Autumn/Winter Lecture Series.
“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 in the James Joyce Centre in Dublin from 2008 to 2016. He is currently working on a post-doctoral project at UCD funded by the Irish Research Council.