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“Throwing Shapes: The Morphing Feminine in Joyce” – Dr. Caroline Elbay
November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
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.