“Introducing Mr. Joyce’s Ulysses”

Date: Wednesday, June 14

Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montréal, QC H3W 1M6


Speaker, Dr. Michael Kenneally, is principal and chair of the School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Kenneally is one of Canada’s experts in James Joyce and modern Irish literature. Mr. Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada will be attending.

Revolutionary writing and storytelling established Ulysses as a classic of modern literature. Dr. Kenneally will explain the literary revolution underway in this novel, and introduce the elemental stories that bind Ulysses together and sustain its appeal to readers around the world.

Dr. Kenneally shows us the Dublin of June 16, 1904 through the eyes of three major characters — Stephen Daedalus, a moody, self-preoccupied would-be poet, the seemingly ordinary Leopold Bloom whose Jewish identity and personal history separates him from the hundreds of Dubliners who move through the novel’s pages, and the sensuous and compelling Molly Bloom who attempts to articulate her half-understood frustrations and powerful feelings.

Ulysses up-ends conventional literary practices and transforms the English language. Listen and learn as Dr. Kenneally exposes the novel’s rich narrative strategies and its attempts to capture space and time. Spark your passion for great literature with this insightful inside track on a novel that redefined modern literature.

Book sale and signing will follow Dr. Kenneally’s talk. Howard Krosnick, Vice President of the Jewish Public Library, will introduce Dr. Kenneally’s keynote lecture.

Sponsored by the Joseph Kage Cultural Endowment Fund and by the Philip and Gertrude Batist Memorial Endowment Fund.

Cost: $15

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