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02/02/2023 - 02/02/2023 | Flensburg

21st Century Joyce: Ulysses 100 years on

Final Joyce-Lecture is welcoming Prof Dr. Hans Walter Gabler

The Lecture Series…

James Joyce’s Ulysses is considered to be one of the most important and challenging novels in the English language as well as the most famous Irish novel ever written. But is Joyce’s work as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1922? This is the question that has motivated the 11-part guest lecture series, “21st-Century Joyce: Ulysses 100 Years On” that has been taking place at the Europa-Universität Flensburg and CAU-Kiel in honour of the Ulysses publication centenary for the past four months.

The renowned Europe-based Joyce scholars have had many answers to the continuing relevance of Joyce. The range of topics covered have included censorship, decolonization, gender studies, narratology, double mimesis, disability, geopolitics, the role of the critic, fashion, female celibacy, garment culture, legal ethics, the everyday, philosophy, mythology, borderlands, globalization, ecocriticism, and border politics. Each speaker has explored a new cultural context with which to read this novel, showing that Ulysses continues to yield to new readings, even a century later.

Can Joyce be read today?

What was considered to be experimental and difficult in 1922 has taken on new meaning in 2022, as our ideas of the controversial have evolved to encompass more fluid ideas of gender, empire, politics, borders, the environment, critical thinking, and the human. Additionally, unlike a novel that is meant to take place on June 16, 1904 — a year that purposely precedes the World Wars and Irish Independence, despite its publication year — it is impossible to read Ulysses without 2022 contexts such as Brexit, the pandemic, political upheaval, border dynamics, national identities, gender fluidities, MeToo, and global warming. The beauty of Ulysses is that readings of the novel evolve alongside these developments, providing new insights not only into these realities but also into parallel contexts in the novel. As such, Ulysses remains as impactful today as it was 100 years ago.

The Final Lecture

Now, as the finale to the centenary lecture series, the EUF is welcoming Prof Dr. Hans Walter Gabler on February 2 — Joyce’s Birthday and also the day on which the first copy of Ulysses was published — for a talk on “Composing ‘Penelope’ towards the Condition of Music.” Gabler is world renowned for his work in textual scholarship, editorial theory, digital editing, and genetic (literary) criticism. He is particularly well-known for his role as editor-in-chief of the critical editions of Ulysses (aka the “Gabler Edition”), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Dubliners. As a way of rounding off the lecture series, Gabler will speak about the final chapter of the Ulysses — the “Penelope” episode — and the ways in which authorial “composition” intersects with music and literature.

Information on participating / attending:
This is a hybrid event. Participation is possible in presence and online.



02/02/2023 19:00 - 02/02/2023 21:00

Event venue:

Europa-Universität Flensburg
Gebäude Tallinn, Senatssaal
Auf dem Campus 1b
24943 Flensburg

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Scientists and scholars, Students

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Subject areas:

Cultural sciences, Language / literature, Media and communication sciences

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Presentation / colloquium / lecture




Kathrin Fischer



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