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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: 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 - Click Here To Download Presentation

30 Jan. 2018    ’Sheltering under a leaf’: Virginia Woolf in interwar London by Eve Patten - Click Here To Download Presentation

06 Feb. 2018   Seamus Heaney and Belfast by Rosie Lavan - Click Here To Download Presentation

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 Click Here To Download Presentation

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 Click Here To Download Presentation

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 Click Here To Download Presentation

27 Mar. 2018   'A City Upon a Hill': Boston in American Literature from the Puritans to the Present by Philip Coleman Click Here To Download Presentation

€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

Online Application:
Please apply and pay online using this link to Eventbrite: Eventbrite Link

Pay at the Door:
It is possible to pay on the door at the night, however only those who have purchased tickets can be guaranteed admission.

Postal Application:
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).

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
Telephone: 353-1-8962885