“Joyce in Performance” – Dr. Jonathan Creasy

For the first talk in our Autumn/Winter lecture series at the James Joyce Centre on Monday 16th September 2019, Dr. Jonathan Creasy delivered a talk on “Joyce in Performance.”

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

Jonathan’s talk explored the performative aspects of Joyce’s work from his play Exiles to the prose styles of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. It focussed 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 event concluded with an improvised performance responding to Joyce’s work by guitarist-composer Benjamin Dwyer, Jonathan Creasy and Marty Gilroy. Benjamin Dwyer is a member of Aosdána and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is Professor of Music at Middlesex University, London. Marty Gilroy is a PhD candidate at University College Dublin, exploring post-crash literature.

Jonathan has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin. He worked at the Joyce Centre variously between 2008 to 2016 and is currently working on a post-doctoral project at University College Dublin funded by the Irish Research Council. He lectures at UCD in English and Creative Writing.

He is Editor-in-Chief at New Dublin Press, a reporter for The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1 as well as producer and presenter of The Writers’ Room. His book, The Black Mountain Letters, is published by Dalkey Archive Press and he has books forthcoming with New York’s New Directions and University of New Mexico Press. 

Creasy’s films include the forthcoming feature documentaries, An Inconvenient Masterpiece and Almost Home: Explorations on the Border.