“Taking pleasure in the mere handling of the stops”: Yeats meets Joyce in poetry and prose

Adrian Paterson, NUI Galway In the first of MSI’s Modernist Moments Essay series, Adrian Paterson unpicks the artistic consequences of James Joyce’s famous first meeting with W.B. Yeats. The first part of this 2-part essay marks Yeats’s birthday; the second, Bloomsday. James Joyce’s first meeting with William Butler Yeats on the streets of Dublin in… Continue reading “Taking pleasure in the mere handling of the stops”: Yeats meets Joyce in poetry and prose

Celebrating 100 Years Since Ulysses: New Work in Joyce Studies

Casey Lawrence, Trinity College Dublin In 1921, Joyce reportedly said of his ambitious novel, Ulysses, I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.[1] In the 100 years since the publication of Ulysses,… Continue reading Celebrating 100 Years Since Ulysses: New Work in Joyce Studies

Elektropolis Coked to the Eyeballs: Berlin’s Modernist Identity Crisis

By Casey Lawrence, Trinity College Dublin In this month’s MSI New Writing about place in Modernism, TCD’s Casey Lawrence uncovers Berlin of the Modernist period, at once impoverished and decadent, as seen through the eyes of the oft-forgotten writer Robert McAlmon Berlin underwent significant changes and took many names during La Belle Époque: The Garrison… Continue reading Elektropolis Coked to the Eyeballs: Berlin’s Modernist Identity Crisis

Hong Kong: The Archaeology of a Modernist City

By Dr. Emily Ridge, NUI Galway In the latest of MSI’s 2021 series of writing about place in Modernism, NUI Galway’s Emily Ridge explores Hong Kong’s architecture and literature, and the traces of modernism within a postmodern “heterotopia”. To me, Hong Kong has always more immediately evoked a postmodern rather than a modernist aesthetic. When,… Continue reading Hong Kong: The Archaeology of a Modernist City

The crossbones of Galway, modernist vortex

By Adrian Paterson, NUI Galway In the second of MSI’s 2021 series of writing about place in Modernism, NUI Galway’s Adrian Paterson explores modernism’s connections to Galway – a place not immediately obvious as one for modernist pilgrimage. Time and space in the modernist period always collided and colluded, even before Einstein’s Special Theory of… Continue reading The crossbones of Galway, modernist vortex

“How can you own water really?”: rivers, (cash)flow and Ulysses

by Chris McCann, NUI Galway This is the first of MSI’s 2021 series of writing about place in Modernism. In honour of Bloomsday, NUI Galway’s Chris McCann explores the relationship between two Dublin rivers and commercial interests in the city’s built landscape. Despite the obvious centrality of water to Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, watercourses are also… Continue reading “How can you own water really?”: rivers, (cash)flow and Ulysses