The 2013 Annual Trieste Joyce School

University of Trieste, 30 June - 6 July 2013

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The 2013 Trieste Joyce School was held from June 30th to July 6 2013.


The afternoon seminars were about Ulysses (Fritz Senn), Finnegans Wake (Ron Ewart), Dubliners (Paul Devine).

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

  • A concert with Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher
  • A dinner at an Osmiza (traditional Karst farm) followed by an after dinner reading by author Mark Axelrod (Chapman University)
  • A live performance by Gerry Smyth
  • A dinner hosted by the Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr Patrick Hennessy
  • A Walking Tour of Joyce's Trieste
  • A Concert with Noel O’Grady
  • A poetry reading by Michael Longley.

Speakers and guest writers included:


  • Michael LongleyMICHAEL LONGLEY is one of the most important poets writing in the English language today.
    He was born in Belfast in 1939 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. After reading classics at Trinity College, Dublin, he taught in schools in Belfast, Dublin and London. He joined the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 1970, working in literature and the traditional arts as Combined Arts Director before taking early retirement from the post in 1991. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2001.
    His first collection of poetry, No Continuing City: Poems 1963-1968, was published in 1969, and the collection Poems 1963-1983 was published in 1985. Among his many other notable volumes are The Echo Gate: Poems 1975-1979 (1979), the acclaimed Gorse Fires (1991), The Weather in Japan (2000).
    Longley is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of Aosdàna. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. He was Professor of Poetry for Ireland from 2007-10. His most recent poetry collection is A Hundred Doors (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year). He has won many prizes over his long and illustrious career, including the T.S. Eliot prize, the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for poetry, the Hawthornden Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award.
    He describes his writing in the following words:
    'I live for those moments when language itself takes over the enterprise, and insight races ahead of knowledge. Occasionally I have things to say, or there is something I want to describe. But these are not my main reasons for writing.'


  • Mark Axelrod MARK AXELROD is a Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English at Chapman University, Orange, California. A graduate of both Indiana University (BA, MA) and the University of Minnesota (PhD) for seventeen years he has been the Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing for which he has received 4 National Endowment Arts Grants. He has written over 20 works of fiction including Capital Castles (Pacific Writers Press, 2000), Cloud Castles (Pacific Writers Press, 1998), Cardboard Castles (Pacific Writers Press, 1996) and Bombay California (Pacific Writers Press, 1994) and Secret Histories: Borges' Travel, Hemingway's Garage (fc2, 2005) which was published in fall, '09 in Spanish by Thule Ediciones, Barcelona as Viajes Borges, Talleres Hemingway.
  • William BrockmanWILLIAM BROCKMAN is the librarian for English Literature at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries. He previously held positions as a librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Drew University. As Bibliographer for the James Joyce Quarterly since 1990, he compiles the "Current JJ Checklist" and edits the "James Joyce Checklist" on the Web. He has published articles and essays on Joyce within the context of modernist publishing in Joyce Studies Annual, the Journal of Modern Literature, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and the James Joyce Quarterly, and has given presentations at numerous Joyce conferences. With Robert Spoo and Kevin Dettmar, he is editing the Uncollected Correspondence of James Joyce for publication by Oxford University Press.
  • Catherine FlynnCATHERINE FLYNN is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches British and Irish modernist literature. Her book project, James Joyce, Walter Benjamin and the Matter of Modernity, reads Ulysses and Finnegans Wake alongside the Arcades Project, considering Joyce and Benjamin's radical rejections of the conventions of fiction and theory within a context of urban writing that ranges from nineteenth-century realist fiction to twentieth-century surrealist works. She has published articles on Joyce, Benjamin, Brecht, Kafka, Surrealism, and theories of the Avant-Garde. She is also at work with David Wheatley on a translation of Flann O'Brien's Cruiskeen Lawn.
  • 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.
  • Edna LongleyEDNA LONGLEY is a Professor Emerita in the School of English, Queen's University Belfast. She is one of the world's most influential critics of Irish and British poetry. Her publications include an edition of Edward Thomas's prose writings, A Language Not To Be Betrayed (1981) from Carcanet, and four critical books: Louis MacNeice: A Study (1988) from Faber, and Poetry in the Wars (1986), The Living Stream: Literature &eamp; Revisionism in Ireland (1994) and Poetry &eamp; Posterity (2000) from Bloodaxe. She also edited The Bloodaxe Book of 20th Century Poetry (2000). She also edited Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008) and is one of the editors for the planned Oxford University Press series: Edward Thomas: The Essential Prose.
  • John McCourtJOHN McCOURT teaches at Università Roma Tre. He is the author of James Joyce: A Passionate Exile (1999) and of The Years of Bloom: Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920  (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 is currently a Trustee of the International James Joyce 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  in 2010. In the same year, he published Roll Away the Reel World: James Joyce and the Cinema Volta  with Cork University Press. He is currently completing a book on Anthony Trollope and Ireland. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gerry SmythGERRY SMYTH Originally, from Dublin, Gerry Smyth is a musician, actor and academic working in Liverpool, UK. He is the author of a number of works on Irish cultural history, including The Novel and the Nation (1997), Space and the Irish Cultural Imagination (2001), Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music (2005), and Music in Irish Cultural History (2009). He has performed in his adaptation of Flann O'Brien's The Brother in Vienna, Trieste, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Liverpool and London. In 2012 he recorded a version of James Joyce's Chamber Music, extracts from which he has performed in concerts in Liverpool, Nijmegen, Leuven, Lille, Rennes, and Paris.
  • Luke ThurstonLUKE THURSTON is Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature at Aberystwyth University, and the Director of the David Jones Centre. His most recent book is Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism: the Haunting Interval (Routledge, 2012), and he has published widely on Joyce, modernist literature and psychoanalysis. He is currently working on a study of war and artistic testimony in May Sinclair, Wyndham Lewis and David Jones.