The Art of James Joyce
11 - 16 June 2018
UAntwerpen, Stadscampus, Hof van Liere (2nd floor) - Prinsstraat 13-15 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
UAntwerpen, Stadscampus, Klooster van de Grauwzusters - Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
Organization / co-organization:
Centre for Manuscript Genetics (Department of Literature)
The XXVI International Joyce Symposium
About the conference
The conference title, ‘The Art of James Joyce’, refers in the first place to the literary art created by a writer who called his autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In a manner that had an enormous impact on Joyce’s biographer Richard Ellmann and most Joyce criticism since then, this novel described the formation of a modern artist in opposition to the forces of family, nation and religion. It is as a paradigm of the freethinking and non-compromising artist that Joyce had a wide and deep impact on all sorts of artists, on philosophy and on modernist and post-modernist culture in general.
At the same time the conference title echoes A. Walton Litz’s pioneering genetic study of the artful ways in which the mature literary artist wrote his final two works, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The Centre for Manuscript Genetics (CMG) at the University of Antwerp, with its electronic journal Genetic Joyce Studies, has played a central role in the genetic study of Joyce’s late works in the past three decades. The two keynote speakers represent new voices in the field of the genetic study of Joyce’s work and both have links with the CMG.
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