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  • 6 May 2005
  • James Joyce exhibition makes its UK debut at the University of Sussex

    James Joyce

    James Joyce

    An exhibition celebrating the life and work of Irish literary giant James Joyce makes its UK debut at the University of Sussex on May 16.


    International Joyce, a series of 22 panels recounting the author's life and work in words and photographs, was launched in Dublin last year by the cultural division of the Irish government's Department of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday (June 16, 1904), the day on which Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, published in 1922, is set.


    Its stay at the University's library, which lasts until Bloomsday itself, will be accompanied by a  special series of open lectures by Sussex faculty and film screenings of some of Joyce's most famous works.


    Dr Jeremy Lane, senior lecturer in English, will talk about "James Joyce's Ulysses: odyssey and return"  (May 18, Arts A5 Lecture Theatre, 9.00-9.50am), Dr Ulf Dantanus, director of the Gothenberg Programme, will focus on the musical influences in the writer's work with  "Have you heard Ulysses? Joyce, music and words" (June 2, Arts A5 lecture theatre 2.00-2.50pm), while English professor Laura Marcus will look at "Joyce and Film " (June 9, Library viewing room, 3.30-4.00pm).


    Film adaptations of Joyce's works will also be shown in the Library's viewing room every Thursday throughout the exhibition, starting at 4.00pm. The Dead (John Houston, 1987) is on May 19, A Portrait of the Artist as aYoung Man (Joseph Strick 1977) is on May 26, Ulysses (Joseph Strick, 1967) is on June 2, and Bloom (Sean Walsh, 2004) will be shown after Professor Marcus' talk on June 9. All four films will then be shown throughout Bloomsday on June 16, beginning at 10am.


    Dr Dantanus was instrumental in bringing International Joyce to Sussex. He says: "The exhibition has been all over the world in the past year, but not to England. I knew it had been in Gothenberg and I wanted to bring it to Sussex, where there is a strong  interest in the life and works of Joyce."


    Dr Lane says: "As a Joyce scholar and critic since writing my DPhil on Joyce's work many years ago, I'm very pleased to contribute to making Joyce's life and work better known to students at the university and Joyce enthusiasts in the community. The exhibition of this great 20th-century writer reflects Sussex's leading reputation in the study of modern literature."



    Notes for editors 

    Entry to the exhibition, lectures and film shows is free.

    Press Office contacts: Jacqui Bealing or Maggie Clune, University of Sussex,
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