First Friday: ‘...I can’t go on, I’ll go on.’ and GOING ON: Thoughts on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett 5/5/2017

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Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Irishmen James Joyce and Samuel Beckett were fabulously different writers - at least on the face of it. Yet they worked together: Beckett assisted Joyce with his last great work Finnegans Wake, and wrote an essay championing it and Joyce's methods for a famous collection on its first appearance - Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work In Progress - to which William Carlos Williams, Eugene Jolas, Stuart Gilbert and others contributed. Their divergence is pitched - Joyce for always more; Beckett for always less.  We will juxtapose and explore passages of Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Three Novels - for discovery.


Claudia Traudt

Claudia Traudt

Ms. Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her art-making, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. She is the 2006 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

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May 5, 2017
12:15 PM


Unlimited slots available