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Evening Lecture Series 2018: Cities in Literature



In this series of lectures, members of the School of English will give talks on the varied roles major cities including Dublin, London, Los Angeles, Paris, and New York, have played in literary works of different eras and genres.

Set in Dublin on a single day in 1904, James Joyce's novel Ulysses is perhaps the best-known literary work tied to a particular city. The works of Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle transport us to Victorian England's bustling metropolis of contrasts and contradictions. Dashiell Hamett, Joan Didion, and Nathanael West captured the dark heart of California’s cities. While portrayals of the different facets of urban life often underpin literary renderings of cities, absence of something from the depicted urban space can provide an equally powerful creative impetus, as witnessed by the wave of literary works, such as Don DeLillo's The Falling Man or Art Spiegelman's In The Shadow of No Towers, dealing with New York City in the wake of the ineffable loss following the events of 9/11.

Course Director 
Dr Ema Vyroubalová

Date, time and place
There will be 10 weekly lectures beginning on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm, from 23rd January 2018 in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2.

Further information and booking details will be available imminently.

Contact Details:

Ms Sophia Ni Sheoin
Centre Executive Officer
Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
21 Westland Row
Dublin 2
Ireland
Telephone: 353-1-8962885
E-mail: wilde@tcd.ie