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Le Moyne Hosts Talk on How to Read James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake”

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a talk by Robert Baines on “How to Read James Joyce’s ‘Finnegans Wake’” on Tuesday, March 12, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall.

After completing Ulysses in 1922, James Joyce spent the next 17 years working on the novel that would be his last, “Finnegans Wake.” Rather than enjoying the fame of its illustrious predecessor, Joyce’s final work is best known for being “unreadable.” Naturally, this presents something of a problem for those brave or foolhardy enough to wish to read it. This lecture will explore the supposed “unreadability” of “Finnegans Wake” by examining the merits of seven different strategies for reading that infamous novel.

Dr. Robert Baines has studied at Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin and currently teaches as a visiting professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. He has published articles in European Joyce Studies, The Journal of Modern Literature, and the collection Irish Modernism: Origins, Contexts, Publics. He is currently working on a monograph on Joyce and philosophy.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is a part of the annual Irish Culture Week celebration and is sponsored by the Irish literature program at Le Moyne. For more information, call (315) 445-4555.

posted on: 2/19/2013