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First Friday Lecture “'Local color. Work in all you know. Make them accomplices.' James Joyce's Stephen Dedalus Sings Shakespeare”



James Joyce

The Stephen Dedalus of Joyce's Ulysses is VERY much he who had "launched himself" off Ireland's island at Portrait's end, striving to become the artist he feels himself to be: "Old father, old artificer, stand me now and ever in good stead."

In Ulysses' 9th episode, set in the National Library, called Scylla and Charybdis in schemas, Stephen holds forth on several of Shakespeare's works and where they "come from." We will explore his deductions, how invested in them Joyce suggests Stephen is, and why that might be. 


Offered remotely via Zoom, these free online public lectures complement the curriculum of the Basic Program. Each month, an instructor or guest lecturer discusses texts and ideas explored in the four-year program or from our wider range of course offerings. First Friday lectures allow the public and our students to hear instructors speak on their own scholarship or interpretation of a text, in contrast to the discussion method of our classrooms. A period of question and answer follows the talk.


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