The 2015 Annual Trieste Joyce School

University of Trieste, 28 June - 4 July 2015

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The 2015 Trieste Joyce School was held from June 28th to July 4th 2015.


The afternoon seminars were about Ulysses with Fritz Senn; Finnegans Wake with Ron Ewart, Dubliners with Paul Devine, "Considering the Poetry of James Joyce" with Marc Conner. There was also an additional Genetic Joyce Seminar with Geert Lernout and Barry Devine.

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):
  • An evening lecture with Rosa Maria Bosinelli and Serenella Zanotti, in association with the Associazione Triestina Amici della Lirica "G. Viozzi";
  • An evening reading with the acclaimed Irish writer Mary Morrissy;
  • An evening with the Irish tenor Noel O'Grady in association with the Associazione Triestina Amici della Lirica "G. Viozzi";
  • A dinner hosted by the Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr Bobby McDonagh;
  • A Walking Tour of Joyce's Trieste.

Speakers and guest writers included:


  • Mary
MorrissyMARY MORRISSY was educated at the Rathmines School of Journalism. She worked as a sub-editor of The Irish Press and taught creative writing for the University of Arkansas, and University of Iowa creative writing summer programmes. She was a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, for her work-in-progress, an imagined autobiography of Bella O'Casey, the sister of Seán O'Casey. In 2008 - 09, she was Jenny McKean Moore "Writer in Washington" at George Washington University, Washington DC. Her novel Mother of Pearl was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize in 1996. Her novel, The Rising of Bella Casey, was published by O'Brien Press on September 16, 2013: in the words of Colum McCann, this important new novel is "elegant and unadorned at the same time. . . an intimate portrait of a woman and a depiction of Irish history at its most extreme. . . a wonderful book from one of our finest writers". Her website is at


  • Elizabeth
BonapfelELIZABETH M. BONAPFEL is Volkswagen Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in American and English Literature from New York University in 2014. Her current book project, Punctuating Presences: How Punctuation "Marks" Voice, traces how many current punctuation practices (dashes, ellipses, parentheses, among others) derive largely from the novel's tendency to borrow from 18th-century printed dramatic texts, which attempted to translate the impression of spoken speech from the stage to the page. The book project explores what punctuation usage tells us about the interrelationship among genres and how punctuation signals transitions among various "voices" (character, narrator, speaker, actor) in a textual medium. She is co-editor of Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation (Rodopi, 2014). She received her B.A. from Haverford College.
  • Rosa Maria
Bollettieri BosinelliROSA MARIA BOLLETTIERI BOSINELLI is professor Emeritus at the University of Bologna, where she taught English language and Literature for a few decades. She covered the positions of Faculty Dean (Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators) and Department chair (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Translation, Languages and Cultures, now DIT) for several years. She served as President of the International James Joyce Foundation from 2000 to 2004. She has published extensively on James Joyce, translation studies, gender studies, and cultural studies.
  • Marc ConnerMARC CONNER is the Ballengee Professor of English and Associate Provost at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. He took degrees in English and Philosophy at the University of Washington (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude), followed by the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English at Princeton University, and has taught at Princeton and at the University of Notre Dame. His books include The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable (2000), Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher (2007), both published by the University Press of Mississippi, The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered (2012) from Florida, and The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the 21st Century, forthcoming from Mississippi. Marc directs a study abroad program to Ireland, which he has run seven times since 2000, and he has lectured and taught in the Yeats Summer School and the Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering. Last year the Great Courses program released his 24-lecture series titled How to Read and Understand Shakespeare. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Barbara, and their three sons.
  • Barry DevineBARRY DEVINE is a graduate of the University of Miami and University College Dublin. His research includes work on the manuscripts and revisions of James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and Seán O'Casey. His most recent work on the development of humor in the "Hades" episode of Ulysses appears in Genetic Joyce Studies 14. His current book project explores the development of Irish nationalist expression in modernist Irish texts. He served as Editor of The James Joyce Literary Supplement from 2011-2013, and is an alumnus of the 2009 Trieste Summer School. He has organized and led the Miami Finnegans Wake Reading Group since 2010.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paul FaganPAUL FAGAN is a lecturer and researcher in modernism and cultural studies at the University of Vienna. He is the co-founder and president of the International Flann O'Brien Society, and general editor of the peer-reviewed society journal The Parish Review. He is the co-editor, with Ruben Borg and Werner Huber, of Flann O'Brien: Contesting Legacies, which was named in The Irish Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2014. He has published articles and reviews in the James Joyce Quarterly, European Joyce Studies, Joyce Studies in Italy, The Parish Review, and Partial Answers, with book chapters in edited collections from Syracuse University Press, Manchester University Press, Cork University Press, Dalkey Archive Press, and Brill/Rodopi. He is currently working on a monograph on modernism and the literary hoax, and a follow-up collection of Flann O'Brien essays titled Problems with Authority: The Riotous Art of Flann O'Brien with Ruben Borg and John McCourt. In February 2015 he was awarded a Moore Institute Research Visiting Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Roberta Gefter
WondrichROBERTA GEFTER WONDRICH is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Trieste, Department of Humanities. She received a Ph.D. in Anglophone literatures from the Universities of Bologna and Trieste, is managing editor of Prospero, Rivista di letterature e culture straniere - A Journal of foreign literatures and cultures - published by the University of Trieste Press, EUT. She has specialised in the field of contemporary Irish fiction, on which she has written a book and many articles. Her field of interests includes the contemporary English and Irish novel, James Joyce, J. M. Coetzee and Neo-Victorianism. At present she is researching on the motif of the cultural object, and the museological imagination in some British postmodern novels, she is completing a study on object matter in Ulysses and has another essay on Joyce's forthcoming in 2016 in a collected volume by Legenda (Oxford). She is currently involved in the Spanish Ministry for Education-funded project "New Critical Approaches to the Trace and Its Application to Recent Literature Written in English", coordinated by Rosario Arias Doblas.
  • Sebastian
KnowlesSEBASTIAN D. G. KNOWLES (Professor of English, Ohio State University) is the author of A Purgatorial Flame: Seven British Writers in the Second World War (1990) and The Dublin Helix: The Life of Language in James Joyce's Ulysses (2001), awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize in 2001. He is also the editor of Bronze by Gold: The Music of Joyce (1999), and the co-editor, with John McCourt and Geert Lernout, of Joyce in Trieste: An Album of Risky Readings (2007). Since 2004 he has been the Series Editor of the Florida James Joyce Series. His lecture recital of songs in Ulysses has been heard in Vancouver, Dublin, Montreal, and elsewhere. He is currently President of the International James Joyce Foundation.
  • Geert LernoutGEERT LERNOUT studied at University College, Dublin and the University of Toronto. He teaches English and comparative literature at the University of Antwerp where with Dirk Van Hulle he runs the Centre for Manuscript Genetics. He has published books in English on Joyce and Friedrich Hölderlin, most recently Help My Unbelief on Joyce's troubled relationship with religion. In Dutch he has published a book on Bach's Goldberg Variations, a history of the book and several books on religion. He was one of the editors of the Brepols edition of the Finnegans Wake notebooks and general editor of European Joyce Studies. He is vice-president of the International James Joyce Foundation and a member of the Academia Europaea.
  • John McCourtJOHN McCOURT is Associate Professor of English at Università Roma Tre. He is the author ofá The Years of Bloom: James Joyce in Trieste, 1904-1920 (2000), and has recently edited James Joyce in Context (2009), and Roll Away the Reel World: James Joyce and Cinema (2010). His new book, Writing the Frontier, Anthony Trollope between Britain and Ireland will be published by Oxford University Press in April 2015. John is a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation and an elected member of the Academic Board of the International Yeats Summer School.
  • Vaclav ParisVÁCLAV PARIS recently finished his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with Professors Jean-Michel Rabaté, Paul Saint-Amour, and Charles Bernstein. In June and July 2013, he was a scholar at the Zürich James Joyce Foundation. He is now an Assistant Professor at the City College of New York where he teaches modernism and is working on a book project entitled Epic and Evolution: National Narrative in the Modernist Age. Centering on Ulysses, this project includes chapters on Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans and Jaroslav Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk. Václav Paris's recent publications comprise an article on Finnegans Wake and the painter Arcimboldo in the James Joyce Quarterly, an essay on Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project and Louis Aragon's Paysan de Paris in the Journal of Modern Literature, a study of Walt Whitman's "Respondez" in the Arizona Quarterly, and an analysis of Gertrude Stein's Vichy collaboration in Jacket 2.
  • 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.
  • Marc J.
RandazzaMARC J. RANDAZZA is a free speech lawyer representing clients in the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America. His focus on freedom of expression cases has led him to represent dissident journalists, protesters, and those who find their artistic expression attacked by the powers-that-be. A former journalist, Randazza has a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master's in Journalism from the University of Florida. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University, and he also holds an LL.M in International Intellectual Property Law from the UniversitÓ degli studi di Torino. Randazza is admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Nevada, dozens of federal courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is currently a candidate for admission to the bar in Ontario, Canada as well. He frequently handles high-profile free speech and intellectual property cases nationwide. Randazza previously served as a legal commentator for Fox News, and is now a legal columnist and commentator for CNN on free speech issues.
  • Erik SchneiderERIK SCHNEIDER was born in Berlin and raised and educated in America. He has lived in Trieste for nearly 25 years. Over the last 12 years he has carried out extensive research into Joyce's time in Trieste, which have resulted in a series of articles, two major exhibitions - on Giacomo Joyce (with Simonetta Chiabrando) in 1999, and Joyce and the Cinema Volta in 2009, and numerous lectures and other initiatives. He was coordinator of the Trieste Joyce Museum, 2004-2008. His study Zois in Nighttown: Prostitution and Syphilis in the Trieste of James Joyce and Italo Svevo (1880-1920) was published in 2014 by Asgrove.
  • 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.
  • Serenella
ZanottiSERENELLA ZANOTTI is lecturer in English language and translation at Roma Tre University, Italy. She has published widely on James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and translingualism. Her other interests include audiovisual translation, cross-cultural pragmatics, and conversational narrative. She is the author of Italian Joyce. A Journey through Language and Translation (Bononia University Press 2013) and co-editor of several volumes, including The Translator as Author (LitVerlag 2011), Corpus Linguistics and Audiovisual Translation (thematic issue of Perspectives. Studies in Translatology, 2013), Translation and Ethnicity (monographic issue of The European Journal of English Studies, 2014), and Observing Norms, Observing Usage: Lexis in Dictionaries and the Media (Peter Lang 2014).