A Greek hero walks into an Irish bar: tragedy and comedy in Joyce's Ulysses

Presenter: Professor Peter Field
  • Date: Thursday, 16 June 2022 to Thursday, 16 June 2022
  • Time: 07:00PM to 08:00PM
  • Location: UC Teece Museum, 3 Hereford St
  • Ticket: Free

A Greek Hero Walks into an Irish Bar: tragedy and comedy in Joyce's Ulysses

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses, guest speaker Professor Peter Field will explore comedy and tragedy in the contrasting tales of two heroes – Homer’s warrior king Odysseus and James Joyce’s Dubliner Leopold Bloom.

This free public talk will include the opportunity to see the rare 1928 printing of Ulysses on loan from the UC Library Rare Books Collection, and hear a short presentation on the history of the Joyce editions in the Macmillan Brown Library by Research Services Librarian Damian Cairns.

Currently HOD for Humanities and Creative Arts at the University of Canterbury, Peter Field has taught widely across the Humanities. His research interests include the social history of the early American republic, American statesmanship and the presidency, but also take in the span of intellectual history from Socrates onward. Peter taught in the Great Books courses at Columbia University, and has lectured on the intellectual origins of contemporary Western civilisation from Plato to the present.

The UC Teece Museum and the Macmillan Brown Library are proud to present this event as part of our Bloomsday 2022 celebrations, alongside the mini-exhibition ‘Ancient Epic & Modern Classic’ at the UC Teece Museum, and the ‘International Joyce’ graphic exhibition at Tūranga Central Library.

This event is free, but seating is limited so bookings are essential.

Contact website: www.teecemuseum.nz

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