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 will be launching the special guest speaker (on February 26th) for our April lecture and finally, we will welcome Dr. Christine O’ Neill in May 2020 for the final lecture of this series.

Follow the links below to find out more and to book your place. Alternatively, call the Centre on 01 878 8547.

Remember, places are free but limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

“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

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.


Special Guest Speaker to be announced –
6th April 2020 @ 6.30pm

We will be launching the special guest speaker (on February 26th) for our April lecture. Details to be announced.

“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.