Reading The City: A Dublin Literary Experience

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Caroline Elbay is back with a brand new reading group for Autumn/Winter 2014.




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Sept. 24 – Dec. 10, 2014

Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m. at Dublin James Joyce Centre

Join us at the James Joyce Centre for ‘Reading the City’, where participants will engage with and experience the milieu that inspired some of the great writers associated with Dublin and its surroundings.  From Joyce to O’Casey, Kavanagh to Kennelly, Behan, Meehan, Plunkett, Banville and Yeats, the study of prose, drama, poetry, and film will facilitate and promote reflection on the history, themes and attitudes depicted in modern Irish literature.  Attention will also focus on the notion of identity and hybridity in relation to language, nation, and ethnicity, as well as addressing colonialism and its aftermath as explored and presented by the writers on the course. Led by Caroline Elbay in the fine Georgian surrounds of the James Joyce Centre, this 12 week course is the perfect introduction to the city that inspired so many of our great modern authors.



24 th –  Welcome reception and course introduction


1 st – ‘Reading Dubliners’:  ‘The Sisters’, ‘Araby’,  ‘The Boarding House’

8th – ‘Eveline’, ‘Clay’    (James Joyce, ‘Dubliners’)

15th – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  (i)   (James Joyce)

22nd – Portrait of the Artist as a young Man  (ii)    (James Joyce)

29th – An evening with Dermot Bolger, novelist, poet and playwright


5th – ‘The Plough and the Stars’ (Sean O’Casey) (50th anniversary)

12th – Poetry by Kavanagh, Kennelly, Boland & Meehan

19th – Borstal Boy  and ‘The Quare Fellow’  (Brendan Behan) (50th anniversary)

26th – The Book of Evidence (John Banville)


3rd – Guest speaker – Dr. Derek Hand of St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra will discuss John Banville’s work.

  10th – ‘The Dead’ (James Joyce) followed by closing reception

About Caroline Elbay

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Caroline is a Dubliner, and lectures at Champlain College Dublin, and All Hallows College (Dublin City University), where she teaches courses in Irish literature, Creative writing, Academic writing and Irish music.   Currently completing a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, Caroline is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra (Dublin City University), where she earned a B.A. (Hons) in English and Music; and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, where she read for both the Higher Diploma in Education, and an M.Phil in Anglo Irish Literature.  She is an experienced educationalist, and has taught at primary, secondary and third level.

Enjoying a lifelong interest in Irish writers, Caroline was awarded the inaugural National Library of Ireland James Joyce Dedicated Scholarship 2008.  She has lectured widely on Joyce, both in Ireland and abroad, and facilitates the ‘Ulysses for All’ and ‘Dubliners’ study groups at the Dublin James Joyce Centre.

Caroline also enjoys traditional Irish music, and plays the fiddle, tin whistle and mandolin.