Dr Sam Slote B.A. (Wesleyan), M.A., Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison), F.T.C.D.Associate Professor, Director of Research
Research and Teaching Interests
My primary field of work is in James Joyce studies. I have co-edited five volumes on Joyce: Probes: Genetic Studies in Joyce (1995) Genitricksling Joyce (1999); How Joyce Wrote Finnegans Wake (2007); Renascent Joyce (2013); and Derrida and Joyce: On Totality and Equivocation (2013). My annotated edition of Ulysses was published in 2012 by Alma Classics; it contains 9,000 all-new annotations to Joyce's text. I have also written a book on Joyce and Nietzsche, entitled Joyce's Nietzschean Ethics (2013). Much of my work is informed by Genetic Criticism and, accordingly, much of my work since I've been at Trinity involves the collection of new Joyce manuscripts that the National Library of Ireland acquired in 2002 and 2006. Since 1999 I have been one of five Contributing Editors for the ongoing 'Finnegans Wake' Notebooks at Buffalo series.
I was one of three academic coordinators for the 2008 International James Joyce Symposium at the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France and I was one of the organisers of the 2012 International James Joyce Symposium, which was hosted by both TCD and UCD. In 2009 I was elected to a six-year term as a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation.
In addition to my work on Joyce, I have published on Beckett; Deconstruction; Genetic Criticism; Translation Studies; Modernism; Nabokov; Woolf; Proust; Borges; Dante; and Mallarmé.
I am interested in hearing from prospective graduate students who are considering working on Joyce or Beckett.
At Trinity I teach the following courses: at the Freshman level I am the convenor for 'Theories of Literature,' and give several lectures for 'Introduction to Modernism;' at the Sophister level I teach a year-long course on Joyce, ‘Ulysses in Contexts,’ as well as other courses that change from year to year, past examples including courses on Beckett, Nabokov, Sebald, and irony. I also teach a course on Joyce for the M.Phil. in Irish Writing as well teach several seminars for the M.Phil. in Comparative Literature. I am also the director of the Samuel Beckett Summer School.
Professor Sam Slote