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.
Dr Ema Vyroubalová
Date: There will be ten weekly lectures beginning on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Time: All lectures take place from 7 pm to 8 pm
Venue: All lectures take place in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
23 Jan. 2018 Between the Castle and the Ghetto: Franz Kafka's Prague by Ema Vyroubalová
30 Jan. 2018 ’Sheltering under a leaf’: Virginia Woolf in interwar London by Eve Patten
06 Feb. 2018 Seamus Heaney and Belfast by Rosie Lavan
13 Feb. 2018 Ulysses in Dublin and Gibraltar by Sam Slote
20 Feb. 2018 Samuel Beckett in Paris: arriving from Dublin 'like coming out of gaol in April' by Julie Bates
27 Feb. 2018 Exegesis and the City: Lucian’s In Praise of Chester and the medieval understanding of city space by Mark Faulkner
06 Mar. 2018 New York and Children's Literature: Reconfiguring the child as flâneur by Pádraic Whyte
13 Mar. 2018 The city in crime fiction: Arthur Conan Doyle's London at the fin de siècle by Clare Clarke
20 Mar. 2018 San Francisco Gothic: The 1970s Urban Nightmare in Our Lady of Darkness (F. Leiber, 1978) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Dir. D. Siegel, 1978)
by Bernice Murphy
27 Mar. 2018 'A City Upon a Hill': Boston in American Literature from the Puritans to the Present by Philip Coleman
€60 for the entire series. Individual lectures are €7 each. Concessionary rates for the full series will be €45 or individual lecture €6 each.
Concessionary rates apply to: students, OAPs, unemployed, groups of 20+. Teachers bringing groups of students receive a free Teacher Pass.
How to Apply
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Return this application form with the fee to: English Literature Evening Lectures, Oscar Wilde Centre School of English, Trinity College Dublin the University of Dublin, 21 Westland Row Dublin 2. Cheques/Bank Drafts/Postal Orders should be made payable to TCD No. 1 Account. Please click the following link for the application form: Application Form (PDF).
Ms Sophia Ni Sheoin
Centre Executive Officer
Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
School of English
Trinity College Dublin
21 Westland Row