Addressing the emotional challenge of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”

| March 23, 2016

stjohnsIs it possible that the greatest challenge of reading James Joyce’s modernist novel “Ulysses” is not to know or understand more, but to learn how to feel more deeply, with greater self-awareness and acceptance of one’s limitations? University of Illinois professor Vicki Mahaffey will present this year’s Steiner lecture at St. John’s College, in which she will demonstrate that the greatest challenge in understanding “Ulysses” is not in fact intellectual, but emotional. The lecture, “Feeling ‘Ulysses’,” which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. A question period will follow.

Mahaffey received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, with a specialty in modernism and modern Irish literature. She has received Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Lindback Award for teaching; she is a Guggenheim fellow and a member of the board of trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation. She is currently the Clayton and Thelma Kirkpatrick chair of English and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois. 

For more information, visit www.sjc.edu.

Upcoming Friday Night Lectures:

  • April 8 “An Exploration of the Precautionary Principle,” by Jay Smith, St. John’s tutor
  • April 15 “Leonardo Da Vinci, Johnnie: Or, The Artist and The Ermine,” by Sarah Benson, St. John’s College tutor
  • April 22 TBA, by John Sifton, Asia advocacy director, Human Rights Watch
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