The James Joyce Centre was delighted to welcome Dr. Clare Hutton, Senior Lecturer in English from Loughborough University to begin the Spring/ Summer Lecture Series on Monday 3rd February 2020.
It may be the world’s most notorious Irish novel, but Ulysses was first published in New York in an obscure avant-garde journal, the Little Review. The text, significantly different to the one which Joyce subsequently finalised, attracted enthusiasm and opprobrium in almost equal measure, and was deemed obscene before Joyce had even completed the work.
Hutton’s paper, Serial Encounters: Ulysses and the Little Review, explored the unusual pre-history of the book, and the significance of this history for readers today.
Though a Dubliner by birth (and even some education) Clare Hutton has been living and working in England for decades. She is delighted to be visiting and to have the chance to talk about Ulysses. She first heard about the James Joyce Centre in 1991, when David Norris visited London and delighted a migrant audience with stories of the discovery of the Maginni connection in North Great George’s Street.