The 2010 Annual Trieste Joyce School

University of Trieste, 27 June – 3 July 2010

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The 2010 Trieste Joyce School was held from 27 June to 3 July 2010.


The afternoon seminars were led by Claire Culleton (Dubliners), Fritz Senn (Ulysses), Terence Killeen (Finnegans Wake), Ron Ewart (Contemporary  Irish Poetry, including references to Joyce).

Other social and cultural events that took place over the course of the week included:

  • A visit to the Duino Castle and dinner at an Osmiza (traditional Karst farm)
  • A reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr Patrick Hennessy
  • A Walking Tour of Joyce's Trieste
  • A screening of Divorcing Jack by Colin Bateman
  • A poetry reading with Greg Delanty

Speakers and guest writers included:


  • Colin Bateman Colin Bateman
    I was born, under a wandrin` star……
    …..well, Newtownards, Co.Down, Northern Ireland, to be exact, in June 1962. …..but I quickly escaped to nearby Bangor, where I grew up. I attended Ballyholme Primary School. Although `The Troubles` started when I was seven, these hardly affected my home town at all - three bombs in about thirty years, which isn`t a bad record, unless you live in Hull, or somewhere, where it would be considered quite catastrophic. The highlight of every year was The Bonfire, on July 11, which was staged to commemorate the eve of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. We had no idea that this was exactly the kind of thing which contributed to `The Troubles` in the first place, and we routinely wore Ulster Volunteer Force badges and stopped cars and asked to search them for weapons because it seemed like good fun. How innocent we were.
    Then it was on to Bangor Grammar School where I managed to shine in no subjects at all, but read a lot of Marvel Comics and Science Fiction.
    Seeing as how I loved reading, and was always writing science fiction stories, my Dad arranged for me to go and meet the editor of the local newspaper, the Co.Down Spectator. Annie Roycroft then sat me down and told me to write 300 words on why I wanted to be a reporter.
    I didn`t. But in an early sign of things to come, I quickly made something up.
    It must have been reasonably believable, because I came away with a job offer, aged 15. Bearing in mind that jobs were hard to come by in those days, I excitedly told my Grammar School headmaster, who laughed, and told me to stay in school for another three years, then go to university, and then maybe I should think about a career.
    So, I told him where to go, (or would have if I`d had any balls at all) but still decided not to return to school, but instead enrolled in the local technical college to learn shorthand and typing. One year later I turned up for work just after my seventeenth birthday - Colin Bateman, Cub Reporter.
    It may seem quite mundane now, but looking back, it was a fantastic experience - thrown in at the deep end, and just expected to write lots, and lots, and lots. And all of those experiences have fed back into everything I do today - a perfect training for a writer.
    Ten years on, and Divorcing Jack was written in my spare time, more as a hobby than out of any great hope. Initially rejected everywhere, it was only when my wife Andrea suggested just sending it to the biggest publisher in the world I could think of, that it was eventually discovered in the HarperCollins slush pile – the first time in years they`d discovered a book that way.
    Divorcing Jack was published in 1995, and since then there have been fourteen more novels. Other doors opened along the way - I was lucky enough to be asked to write the screenplays for both Divorcing Jack and Cycle of Violence, my second novel. The original screenplay Wild About Harry was also commissioned and then filmed, being released in 2000. v Television writing has also mushroomed - although a lot more scripts are written than ever make their way to screen. Murphy`s Law was written specifically for James Nesbitt, a local actor who became a big TV star through Cold Feet. The ninety minute pilot for Murphy`s Law on BBC 1 was seen by more than seven million people, and led to three TV series, on which I was the chief writer.
    There now, that`s me finished blowing my own trumpet, bugle and French horn.
  • Greg DelantyGreg Delanty was born in Cork, Ireland in 1958 and lives in Burlington, Vermont where he teaches at Saint Michael’s College.  He became an American citizen in 1994.
    His latest books are Collected Poems 1986-2006 (Oxford Poets Series, Carcanet Press in Ireland and Britain, 2006), The Selected Poems of Kyriakos Charalambides in Translation (Southword Editions, 2005), and The Ship of Birth (Oxford Poets Series, Carcanet Press in Ireland and Britain, 2003; LSU Press in the United States, 2007).
    His other poetry collections are The Blind Stitch (LSU Press 2002, Oxford Poets Series, Carcanet, 2001), The Hellbox (Oxford Poets Series, Oxford University Press, 1998), American Wake (Blackstaff/Dufour, 1995), Southward (LSU Press, 1992) and Cast in the Fire (Dolmen/Dufour, 1986).  Special editions include Striped Ink and The Fifth Province (Traffic Street, 2000, 2001).
    Currently he is editing a book for WW Norton with the working title of Living Poets Translate Anglo-Saxon Poems.  His next book The Selected Poems of Seán Ó Ríordáin in Translation is due from New Island Press (Dublin).
    His poems have appeared in American, Irish, English, Australian, Japanese and Argentinean anthologies, including the Norton Introduction to Poetry, Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, American Poets of the New Century, 20th Century Irish Poems, and Contemporary Poets of New England.  Individual poems have been published in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Statesman, the New Republic, American Scholar, the Irish Times, PN Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. His poem ‘The Alien’ is due to be read on Garrison Keillor’s ‘The Writer’s Almanac.’
    Delanty edited, with Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Jumping Off Shadows:  Selected Contemporary Irish Poetry (Cork UP, 1995) and, with Robert Welsh, The Selected Poems of Patrick Galvin (Cork UP, 1995).  He serves as consultant editor for The History of the Irish Book (Oxford UP, forthcoming) and on the editorial board of Writing Ulster.  His translations include Aristophanes’ The Suits (The Knights) and Euripides’ Orestes (U of Pennsylvania Press, 1999).  
    He has received numerous awards including the Patrick Kavanagh Award (1983), the Allen Dowling Poetry Fellowship (1986), the Wolfers-O’Neill Award (1996-97), the Austin Clarke Award (1996), National Poetry Competition Prizewinner (Poetry Society of England, 1999) an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary (1998-99), and an award from the Royal Literary Fund (1999).
    The magazine Agenda has just devoted a recent issue to celebrate Greg Delanty’s 50th birthday. The National Library of Ireland have acquired his papers up to the end of 2012.
    Starting in October 2009 he became the Vice President of the Association of Literary scholars, Critics and Writers, and will be president of this Association in October, 2010.



  • Joseph BrookerJOSEPH BROOKER is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Joyce's Critics: Transitions in Reading and Culture (2004), and Flann O'Brien (2005). He has co-edited special editions of New Formations (on Remembering the 1990s) and of the Journal of Law and Society (on Law and Literature).
  • Eric BulsonERIC BULSON teaches at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. He specializes in Modernist literature and culture, with interests in critical theories of space, cartography and literature, and the world novel. He has published essays on James Joyce and Italy in the James Joyce Quarterly, Joyce Studies Annual, the Journal of Modern Literature, and the Times Literary Supplement. In addition, he has contributed to Palgrave Advances in James Joyce Studies (on “Geography”), Joyce Reception in Europe (on “Joyce and Trieste”), and the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (on “Space”). He is the author of the Cambridge Introduction to James Joyce and Novels, Maps, Modernity: The Spatial Imagination 1850-2000. His current project, “Little Magazines, Modernism, and World Literature,” examines the circulation and exchange of modernist literature in and between England, France, Italy, and the United States.
  • Luca CrispiLUCA CRISPI is a lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin and in the UCD Centre for Research for James Joyce Studies. He is Associate Director of the Dublin James Joyce Summer School, on the board of the International James Joyce Foundation, and co-editor with Anne Fogarty of the Dublin James Joyce Journal (2008 and 2009). He is co-editor with Catherine Fahy of The Joyce Studies 2004 Series (2004–2005) and with Sam Slote of How Joyce Wrote Finnegans Wake: A Chapter-by-Chapter Genetic Guide (2007). He co-curator of the exhibitions, “James Joyce and Ulysses at the National Library of Ireland” (2004–2006) and “Yeats; The Life and Work of W.B. Yeats” (2006–ongoing). He is currently completing a catalogue of Joyce Collection at the University at Buffalo, which is available online:
  • Claire CulletonCLAIRE CULLETON is a Professor of Modern British and Irish literature at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Her major publications include the books Names and Naming in Joyce (1994), Working-Class Culture, Women, and Britain, 1914-1921 (2000), and Joyce and the G-Men: J. Edgar Hoover’s Manipulation of Modernism (2004). She has co-edited two collections of essays focused on modernism—Modernism on File: Writers, Artists, and the FBI, 1920-1950 (2008) and Irish Modernism and the Global Primitive (2009)—and is General Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Irish Studies series. Her current project focuses on Joyce, the GAA, and the Irish Literary Revival.
  • Ron EwartRON EWART lectured for many years at the University of St Gallen. He has also been a long-term member of the Zürich James Joyce Foundation. He is an expert on modern poetry and an authority on Joyce's Finnegans Wake.
  • Joseph M. HassettJOSEPH M. HASSETT is a graduate of Canisius College (B.A.), Harvard University (J.D.) and University College Dublin (M.A., Ph.D.), and has been a visiting scholar at St. John’s College, Oxford. His Yeats and the Poetics of Hate was published by Gill and Macmillan, and St. Martins Press in 1986. His W.B. Yeats and the Muses is forthcoming this summer from Oxford University Press. Joe has lectured on Irish writers at such venues as the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, the James Joyce Summer School in Dublin, the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco, Catholic University in Washington, and the University of Ulster at Coleraine. Joe practices law in Washington, D.C.
  • Terence KilleenTERENCE KILLEEN is the author of Ulysses Unbound: A Reader's Companion to Ulysses. He is Finnegans Wake seminar leader at the Dublin James Joyce Summer School and has frequently lectured at the school and also in Trieste. A former trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation, he is on the board of directors of the James Joyce Centre, Dublin. He is a former journalist with The Irish Times
  • Liam LaniganLIAM LANIGAN is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on urban planning and the works of James Joyce at University College Dublin, where he has been working and teaching since 2005. He has also taught at the University of Kaposva’r, Hungary and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he received his MA in 2004.
  • John McCourtJOHN McCOURT teaches at Università Roma Tre. He is director of the Trieste Joyce School. He is the author of James Joyce: A Passionate Exile (London: Orion Books, and New York: St Martin's Press, 2000) and of The Years of Bloom: Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920. (Dublin: Lilliput Press and Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000). An extended Italian version, James Joyce Gli Anni di Bloom was published by Mondadori in 2004 and won the Comisso Price. He has been guest editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and was a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation from 2002 to 2008. He is on the board of the James Joyce Italian Foundation. In February 2009 his edited collection, James Joyce in Context, was published by Cambridge University Press. He published Questioni Biografiche: Le tante vite di Yeats and Joyce with Bulzoni in February 2010. He is currently working on Roll Away the Reel World: James Joyce and the Cinema Volta which will be published by Cork University Press in the autumn of 2010. In 2007 McCourt was awarded the Cattedrali Europee Prize in Rome for his work in Joyce Studies.
  • Erika MihalycsaERIKA MIHÁLYCSA graduated from Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania, majoring in English. She holds a PhD from the same university, her thesis exploring the linguistic poetics in the fiction of Joyce, Flann O’Brien and Beckett. Currently a junior lecturer at the Department of English, Babes-Bolyai University, her field of research includes Joyce and Beckett studies, the modern and contemporary British novel, twentieth-century British drama, translation theory, poststructuralist theories as well as contemporary art theories. Translator of modern and contemporary Irish and British prose and poetry, including Flann O’Brien’s novel At Swim-Two-Birds.
  • Laura PelaschiarLAURA PELASCHIAR is programme director of the Trieste Joyce School. She graduated in English language and literature at the University of Trieste with an MA thesis on Laurence Sterne's Sentimental Journey. In 1994 she completed her PhD at the University of Bologna with a dissertation on the contemporary Northern Irish novel. She has worked as a translator, translating over 50 books for Mondadori, E.Elle Einaudi Ragazzi, Fazi Editore. Her research focuses mainly on the work of James Joyce and the nexus between Joycean texts, the Gothic tradition and Shakespeare. She published Ulisse Gotico (Pacini Editore) in 2009. She has also published widely on the Northern Irish novel. She teaches English literature and English language at the University of Trieste.
  • Enrico ReggianiENRICO REGGIANI is Associate Professor of English Literature at the Faculty of Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literatures of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan). After initial inquiries in the field of English medieval literature, his research work has focused primarily on Irish literature and culture in English: his studies of W. B. Yeats (his book The compl[i]mentary dream, perhaps. Saggi su William Butler Yeats is being republished by Aracne), Derek Mahon and Catholic writers have gained wide appreciation. His interests in literary theory and cross-cultural interdisciplinarity manifest themselves in two long-term research initiatives on the relationships both between literature and economics/economy [ec(h)onomics] and between literature and music [melopoetics]. Because of his scientific competence and experiences, which have produced a considerable number of publications, he has been invited to participate in many academic and cultural events in Italy and abroad. He was a regular contributor to Il Sole 24 Ore del Lunedì (weekly column "Foreign Languages: Business English") from 1986 to 2008; he has edited a specialised section of the monthly Nuova Secondaria (Editrice La Scuola) since 2003. He has also been a member of the Forum for the Cultural Project of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) since 2007.
  • Gino Scatasta GINO SCATASTA is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Bologna. His main interests are Irish Studies, English literature between the wars and late Victorian literature. He has published Il teatro di Yeats e il nazionalismo irlandese, 1996, and edited Per Amica silentia Lunae by W.B. Yeats (2009). He also translated and edited with Giovanna Franci a selection of essays by Max Beerbohm (Dandy e dandies, 1987) and an anthology of short stories from the “Yellow Book” (1999).
  • Fritz SennFRITZ SENN is founder and Director of the Zürich James Joyce Foundation. He has written widely on all aspects of Joyce's work, especially on Joyce and translation and on Joyce's use of Classical literature. His publications include Joyce's Dislocutions, edited by John Paul Riquelme (1984), Inductive Scrutinies: Focus on Joyce, edited by Christine O'Neill (1995). A volume of interviews tracing his recollections of his life in the Joyce community, The Joycean Murmoirs, was published in 2007, edited by Christine O'Neill. A German edition of this work, Zerrinnerungen, also appeared in 2007.
  • Ira TorresiIRA TORRESI currently teaches interpreting at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT) of the University of Bologna at Forlì. She has also taught translation from English into Italian for several years, both at the SSLMIT and at the University of Macerata. Her publications about Joycean translation include "Domesticating or foreignizing foreignization? Joyce translation as a test for Venuti’s theories" (Papers on Joyce 13, 2007) and, together with Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli, the edited volume Joyce and/in Translation (Bulzoni, 2007) and the edited collection “Joycean Collective Memories”, a dossier of the online journal mediAzioni (2009). Her main other research areas are advertising and promotional translation, interpreting, gender, and visual semiotics. She is also a freelance professional interpreter and translator.
  • Janine M. UtellJANINE UTELL is Associate Professor of English at Widener University. She has published on many aspects of modernist studies in Journal of Modern Literature, The Space Between, College Literature, and James Joyce Quarterly. Her research focuses on the intersections among genre, ethics, and erotic life, specifically in the narratological/biographical construction of love lives and love stories. James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire, her first book, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.