The James Joyce Reading Group in the School of English will be starting off again this semester for 2011-12 in a somewhat different form in response to a number of requests to offer an informal forum for the reading and discussion of Finnegans Wake. We’ll be meeting on the first Monday of the month during term time from 5.00 to 6.30 pm in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English (except for a meeting on October 31st instead of November 7th).
The first meeting will be Monday 3rd October.
The plan is to begin with Book Three Chapter Four, starting on page 555 with the line “What was thaas?” and to attempt to get through the whole of that chapter during the year or as much as we can of it. All are welcome whether experienced and confident readers of the Wake or bemused/enthusiastic newcomers. I’ll bring along Douglas Jefferson’s personal copy to start us off at the first meeting.
Readers completely new to the novel will find helpful brief introductions in the chapter “Finnegans Wake: Novel and Anti-Novel” in A Companion to James Joyce (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), pages 71-98 and “Finnegans Wake” in James Joyce: A Post-culturalist Perspective (Macmillan-Palgrave, 1992), pp. 98-122.
This year the Joyce Reading Group will run in conjunction with the Samuel Beckett and critical theory strain of the "Quilting Points" postgraduate seminar in the School of English.
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