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English Department The Swiss Centre of Irish Studies @ the Zurich James Joyce Foundation

Lecture Series "James Joyce: Works, Contexts, Impact" (Fall Semester 2022)

  • Time: Wednesdays 18.15-19.45
  • Venue: The lecture will be conducted via Zoom.

You can find the Zoom link here or in the course folder on OLAT.


Since its original publication in 1922, James Joyce’s Ulysses has not merely puzzled and perplexed readers, but also dazzled and delighted them. In this lecture series, Joyceans from across the globe will join speakers from the UZH English Department and the Zurich James Joyce Foundation to celebrate the novel’s centenary and to place Joyce’s modernist masterpiece in its literary and historical context. The talks, aimed at students as well as members of the general public, will introduce the audience to Joyce’s life (e.g. his time in Zurich), his major works (with Ulysses as the series’ centerpiece), and his place in literary and cultural history (e.g. Joyce’s relation to the avantgarde or his afterlife on the big screen). Throughout the series, the speakers will strive to combine scholarly expertise with readerly enthusiasm: a series of love lectures to a veritable wizard of wordplay, whose boundless affection for his characters’ quotidian quests forms the basis of a literary adventure quite unlike any other.

Detailed Program

# Date Topic Speaker


Sept 21

James Joyce: An Introduction



Tim Conley (Brock University, Canada)


Sept 28

"I think he died for me": Nationalism in Dubliners


Ann Fogarty (University College Dublin)


Oct 5

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Christine O’Neill (Translator, Editor, and Arts Researcher, Ireland)


Oct 12

Joyce in Zurich

Andreas Fischer, with Martin Mühlheim (University of Zurich)


Oct 19

"Where do you begin in this?” – Exploring Ulysses on its 100th anniversary

Terence Killeen (James Joyce Centre, Dublin)


Oct 26

Ulysses Then and Now


Fritz Senn (Zurich James Joyce Foundation}



Nov 2

Women and the Making of Ulysses


Clare Hutton, (Loughborough University, UK)




Nov 9

Joyce and Popular Music

Michelle Witen, (University of Flensburg, Germany)


Nov 16

Joyce and/on Film


Shane Walshe (University of Zurich)



Nov 23

Building Joycean Foundations in Zürich


Ruth Frehner, Ursula Zeller (Zurich James Joyce Foundation)



Nov 30

Theatricality in Joyce's Fiction

Valérie Bénéjam (Université de Nantes, France)




Dec 7

Finnegans Wake: Its Energy Sources and the High Carbon Economy.


Finn Fordham (Royal Holloway, University of London)



Dec 14

The Matter of Style in Joyce and Ros

Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin)


Dec 21

Final Exam



  • Prof. Dr. Michael C. Frank
  • Ruth Frehner
  • Frances Ilmberger
  • Anne-Claire Michoux
  • Martin Mühlheim
  • Shane Walshe
  • Ursula Zeller

Weiterführende Informationen


The Swiss Center of Irish Studies

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The Swiss Centre of Irish Studies @ the Zurich James Joyce Foundation


UZH English Department

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CH-8032 Zurich




Irish Embassy, Switzerland

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