The 2014 Annual Trieste Joyce School

University of Trieste, 29 June - 5 July 2014

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The 2014 Trieste Joyce School was held from June 29th to July 5th 2014.


The afternoon seminars were about Ulysses (Fritz Senn), Finnegans Wake (Ron Ewart), Dubliners (Paul Devine). In addition a new seminar on Portrait was held and led by Peter Kuch. There also was a special 3-session seminar on genetic Joyce led by Ronan Crowley.

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

  • An Evening of Music and Song at a local well-known Osteria.
  • A dinner at an Osmiza (traditional Karst farm) followed by an after dinner reading by author Iggy McGovern.
  • An Evening with acclaimed Irish author, Dermot Bolger.
  • A dinner hosted by the Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr Bobby McDonagh.
  • A Walking Tour of Joyce's Trieste
  • A special event at the Museo Revoltella, "Grace - Per Grazia Ricevuta", translation by Laura Pelaschiar, adapted by Laura Pelaschiar and Maurizio Zacchigna, the Casa del Lavoratore Teatrale company; with Massimiliano Borghesi, Erik Burul, Riccardo Maranzana, Maurizio Zacchigna.

Speakers and guest writers included:


  • Dermot BolgerDERMOT BOLGER Born in Dublin in 1959, the poet, playwright and novelist Dermot Bolger has also worked as a factory hand, library assistant and publisher.
    In 2012 he published his ninth poetry collection, The Venice Suite: A Voyage Through Loss, which commemorated his late wife, Bernie, who died in 2010. He also published his first ever novella, The Fall of Ireland; saw his 1994 stage adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses staged in Scotland and Ireland; his latest play, Tea Chests and Dreams, staged in Dublin and received the award for Commentator of the Year of the National Newspapers of Ireland Awards. Also in that year his 2010 young adult novel, New Town Soul was published in German as Wo Die Verlorenen Seelen Wohnen and the extensively revised and "renewed" version of his 1993 novel A Second Life was published in French as Une Seconde Vie and shortlisted for Le Grand Prix des Lectrices de ELLE.
    He is the author of nine novels, Night Shift, The Woman's Daughter, The Journey Home, Emily's Shoes, A Second Life: A Renewed Novel, Temptation, The Valparaiso Voyage and most recently The Family on Paradise Pier.
    His many plays include, The Lament for Arthur Cleary which premiered at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin and received The Samuel Beckett Award for best Debut Play performed in Britain and An Edinburgh Fringe First Award; Blinded by the Light at the Peacock; In High Germany (Gate Theatre & RTE television); The Holy Ground (Gate Theatre); April Bright (The Peacock); The Passion of Jerome (The Peacock). Many of these plays were published by Penguin Books (as A Dublin Quartet) and by Methuen (as Plays 1).
    In more recent time Bolger has been involved in a series of plays which were both set in and performed in the Dublin working class suburb of Ballymun, which - as part of its regeneration from a 1960s high rise tower complex into a modern suburb - has the innovative Axis Arts and Community Resource Centre at its hub. The first part of his Ballymun Trilogy, From These Green Heights, received the Irish Times/ESB Prize for Best New Irish Play of 2004. The second part, The Townlands of Brazil, toured to the National Theatre of Poland and the third and final part - The Consequences of Lightning - premiered in 2008. In 2010 his three Ballymun plays were published in a single volume as The Ballymun Trilogy (New Island).
    In 1994 Bolger adapted Joyce's Ulysses for the stage under the title A Dublin Bloom and this text was revised and reproduced in 2012.
    Bolger is the author of nine volumes of poetry, including External Affairs (2008) and he devised and edited the poetry anthology Night & Day: Twenty Four Hours in the Life of Dublin in 2008.
    Bolger devised the best-selling collaborative novels, Finbar's Hotel and Ladies Night at Finbar's Hotel, which have been published in a dozen countries. These novels were set in a fictional Dublin hotel and each contained seven chapters written by seven different leading Irish writers, although the secret of who write each chapter was never revealed. Finbar's Hotel had chapters written by Bolger himself, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'Connor and Colm Toibin. Ladies Night at Finbar's Hotel had chapters written by Meave Binchy, Clare Boylan, Emma Donoghue, Anne Haverty, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Kate O'Riordan and Deirdre Purcell.
    He has edited many anthologies, including The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction.
    At the age of eighteen Dermot Bolger established The Raven Arts Press, which was one of Ireland's most innovative publishing houses, releasing debut novels by the likes of Patrick McCabe and Eoin McNamee; debut poetry collections by poets like Sara Berkeley, Matthew Sweeney, Philip Casey, Rosita Boland, Richard Kearney and Michael O'Loughlin; first books by writers like Colm Toibin, Fintan O'Toole, Katie Donovan, Kathryn Holmquist and Ferdia MacAnna; memoirs about hidden aspects of Ireland like The God Squad by Paddy Doyle and Song for a Poor Boy by Patrick Galvin, the first English language translations of such Irish language poets as Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Michael Davitt; and major books by such writers as Sebastian Barry, Anthony Cronin, Paul Durcan, Francis Stuart and Michael Hartnett. In 1992 Dermot Bolger closed down Raven Arts Press and was involved in co-founding a major new Irish publishing, New Island.


  • John BranniganJOHN BRANNIGAN is senior lecturer in UCD School of English, Drama and Film, and the current editor of the Irish University Review. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century Irish and English literatures, including Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture (2009) and Brendan Behan: Cultural Nationalism and the Revisionist Writer (2002). He is currently writing a book provisionally entitled Archipelagic Modernism, which examines the literary inter-relations between the constituent parts of the Irish and British Isles from 1890 to 1970 from ecocritical perspectives.
  • Tim ConleyTIM CONLEY is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brock University in Canada. His books include Joyces Mistakes: Problems of Intention, Irony, and Interpretation (2003), The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (co-author, 2006), Joyce's Disciples Disciplined (editor, 2010), and the anthology Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (co-editor, 2012).
  • John CoyleJOHN COYLE teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His main interests lie in the field of modernist and postmodernist literature from an international perspective. He has published articles on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Alain-Fournier, Proust, and Joyce, and has edited two introductory studies on Joyce. He is currently working on the relations between literary modernism and advertising, and on recent American fiction. He is currently editing a Macmillan casebook on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
  • Ronan Crowley RONAN CROWLEY is a doctoral candidate in English at the University at Buffalo, where he is finishing his dissertation on copyright and Irish writing in the twentieth century. Working from an archival perspective, he is particularly interested in questions of authority and appropriation and how they intersect during the period of the Literary Revival. Genetic criticism informs his writing on Joyce, which appears in Genetic Joyce Studies, the James Joyce Quarterly, and, most recently, the edited collection James Joyce in the Nineteenth Century.
  • Paul DevinePAUL DEVINE studied History at the University of Manchester and English Language and Literature at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has attended and participated in many Joyce symposiums and summer schools. His publications include contributions to A New & Complex Sensation, Essays on Joyce's Dubliners and Moments of Moment, Aspects of the Literary Epiphany where he wrote upon Leitmotif and Epiphany in the works of George Moore.
  • Elisabetta d'Erme ELISABETTA D'ERME was born in Rome and currently lives in Trieste. She is a Journalist and an Independent Scholar. She writes for the cultural pages of the newspaper Il Piccolo di Trieste as well as for the literary magazines L'Indice dei Libri del Mese. For Il Piccolo she has been reporting for 17 years on the "Trieste James Joyce Summer School" and events related to Joycean interest. Her research is focused on James Joyce and Victorian culture. She is the author of Tit Bits. James Joyce, un'epoca e i suoi media (Bulzoni, Roma 2008). Her essays and articles on Joyce have been published by the reviews Joyce Studies in Italy (Università Roma 3), Mediazioni (Università di Bologna), Circolare (Università di Genova) and Anglistica Pisana (Università di Pisa). She is a member of The James Joyce Italian Foundation. Forthcoming her essay on Tit-Bits and Photo-Bits in Joyce in the World of Publishing (European Joyce Studies RODOPI -Amsterdam). Her essays on British Victorian Travellers, R. F. Burton, C. Lever and M. W. Balfe, have been published by the Center for Historical Researches of Rovigno. She was among the organizer of the Trieste Film Festival event "1909-2009 Da Trieste a Dublino: James Joyce e il Cinema Volta" (2009), and has been among the speakers at international conferences at Rome, Genova, Zürich, Bagni di Lucca, and Perugia.
  • 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.
  • Derek Hand DEREK HAND is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department in St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra where he is also director of the MA Programme. He is interested in Irish writing in general and has published articles on W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Colum McCann, Molly Keane and on contemporary Irish fiction. He has lectured on Irish writing in the USA, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, Brazil, Italy and France. The Liffey Press published his book John Banville: Exploring Fictions in 2002. He edited a special edition of the Irish University Review on John Banville in 2006 and co-edited a special edition of the Irish University Review on Benedict Kiely in 2008. He was awarded an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellowship for 2008-2009. His A History of the Irish Novel: 1665 to the present was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. He is now working on a critical study of recent Irish fiction for Syracuse University Press tentatively entitled The Celtic Tiger Irish Novel 1994-2010: modernity and mediocrity.
  • Maria KagerMARIA KAGER recently completed a double doctorate in comparative literature from Rutgers University in the US and from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She is currently working on the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project at the University of Antwerp.
  • Peter Kuch PETER KUCH is the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He holds an Honours degree from the University of Wales and an MLitt and DPhil from Oxford, where he studied with Richard Ellmann and John Kelly. He has held posts at the University of Newcastle, Australia; Université de Caen, France; and the University of New South Wales, Australia; and been a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and at Trinity College, Dublin. He has published some 50 refereed articles, book chapters and books on Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, literary theory and Irish and Australian culture. He is a commissioning editor for The Irish Studies Review (Routledge) and is on Editorial Board of several journals. He is currently researching a book on Joyce, entitled Certain Uncertainties, and a cultural history of the performance of Irish theatre in New Zealand and Australia. He is the representative for those countries on the international organising committee of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project.
  • 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. 
  • Iggy McGovernIGGY McGOVERN is Fellow Emeritus in Physics at Trinity College Dublin. He has published two collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia (2005) and Safe House (2010). His latest publication is A Mystic Dream of 4 (Quaternia Press 2013), a sonnet sequence based on the life of the 19th century Irish mathematician, William Rowan Hamilton.
  • 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.