Spring / Summer Lecture Series 2020

For the 2020 Spring/ Summer Lecture Series, we will have four fascinating talks to look forward to. In February we welcome Dr. Clare Hutton from Loughborough University. James Joyce Centre Research Scholar Terence Killeen will deliver the March lecture. We are thrilled to announce Christine Dwyer Hickey as our special guest speaker for the third part of this lecture series in April and finally, we will welcome Dr. Christine O’ Neill in May 2020 for the final lecture of this series.

“Serial Encounters: Ulysses and the Little Review” – Dr. Clare Hutton 3rd February 2020 at 6.30pm

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, will explore the unusual prehistory of the book, and the significance of this history for readers today. 

“Universal Joyce” – Terence Killeen
9th March 2020 @ 6.30pm
– Sold Out

James Joyce’s last work, Finnegans Wake, is meant to be a universal epic, covering the whole of world history, and operating at a level of generality that seems intended to transcend all previous efforts of this type. Does this universality, however, come at a price, in that individual struggles and sufferings, both of people and of nations, are all subsumed under the cover of an extremely abstract schema of history and of human development?

This is the question that Terence Killeen will explore in his lecture “Universal Joyce?”, with special reference to the function of borders in the work.

‘Man about town: drunkard, spendthrift’ – Christine Dwyer Hickey
6th April 2020 @ 6.30pm
– Cancelled

A Message from Dublin UNESCO City of Literature:

It is with regret that we inform you of the postponement of all the Dublin One City One Book events, scheduled in April, due to the covid-19 situation. It is hoped that the events will be rescheduled later in the year. For further information & updates see here.

The James Joyce Centre is thrilled to announce Christine Dwyer Hickey as our special guest speaker for the third part of our Spring/ Summer Lecture Series in April 2020. This event is part of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature One City One Book initiative and we are delighted to have their collaborative support with this event.

Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey is the Dublin One City One Book choice for 2020. Dublin One City One Book aims to encourage everyone in Dublin to read a designated book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

‘Man about town: drunkard, spendthrift’ – Christine will explore in her lecture the effect of John Joyce on the creative and emotional development of his son James, and what it’s like to live a childhood on red alert.

“Colourful Creations in Joyce and Bosch” – Dr. Christine O’Neill
11th May 2020 @ 6.30pm

The works of James Joyce and Hieronymus Bosch are famous for their inventiveness and colourful creations, and both draw on biblical stories and late medieval Christian imagery. This talk will explore some shared visionary elements, track some intriguing animal-like creatures, contemplate the Four Last Things and descend into the vibrant hells of Joyce and Bosch.