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trešd., 07. febr.



Barry Sheehan “James Joyce and People in his Works”

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2024. g. 07. febr. 17:00 – 19:00

Rīga, Mūkusalas iela 3, Zemgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1423, Latvija

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The Embassy of Ireland and Latvian Society of Anthropologists, in partnership with the National Library of Latvia, invite you to a talk “James Joyce and People in his Works” by Barry Sheehan of Technical University Dublin. The talk will take place on 7 February at 17:00 at the Reading Room of East Asia Studies of the National Library of Latvia.

Barry Sheehan is an architect and Head of Design at the Technological University in Dublin by profession and is hugely passionate about running and about James Joyce. It all started in 2014, when Barry came up with an idea to combine his two passions and turn Joyce’s four major works into half marathons. As Barry writes, “Cities are not just economic engines, and we all use them in different ways. Joyce was playing with the city of Dublin, while in exile, using it differently and for a different purpose to most of its citizens. He was having fun with it, and he was having fun with us. Maybe it’s time we had some fun with him.” In his reading, running and writing, Barry compares Joyce’s Dublin to the Dublin today and examines what we can find out through the comparisons. Barry asks how real are the places that artists imagine? What does a place mean to the artist and their audience? If place is not real then, what is exile, and what are borders?

Barry Sheehan’s lecture “James Joyce and People in his Works” at the National Library of Latvia, will explore the meaning of places and people in James Joyce’s literary works. People are central to Joyce’s work. Many characters are based on real people who recur in his works, most notable Stephen Dedalus, who is based on Joyce himself. In this talk, Barry Sheehan will discuss the people Joyce met in Ireland in his youth, such as Nora Barnacle, and those he met in his travels throughout Europe.

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