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Finnegans Wake Research Seminar

The seminar is a reading group that has been running regularly since 2007. It reads James Joyce’s final work, Finnegans Wake, at a close level of detail, which the allusive and multi-layered work demands. Discussion is focused on the text and attention is also paid to Joyce’s manuscripts (copies of which are displayed on a screen). PhD students working on a range of topics (ethics, space, psychoanalysis, Catholicism, America, textual problems, Islam in the 1920s and 30s, fashion and clothing) attend and bring their own concerns to the group. Established academics, graduate students, and a healthy portion of non-academics attend regularly. As a reading group it is also a celebration of methods of close reading, and an investigation into what those methods entail. 

Online via MS Teams
Fridays, 18:00
Finn Fordham (RHUL)

The group hosts a blog to record its discussions.

Seminar dates 2021/22

  • Oct 15th 2021
  • Nov 19th 2021
  • Dec 17th  2021
  • Jan 28th 2022
  • Feb 25th 2022
  • March 18th 2022
  • April 15th 2022
  • May 20th 2022
  • June 17th 2022
  • July 15th 2022

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