It Don’t Mean a Thing: Joycean Form in the Contemporary Novel

30 October 2018 6:30pm — 8:30pm

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The Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies and the Eamon Cleary Trust invite you to a lecture by
Derek Attridge, Emeritus Professor, University of York

It Don’t Mean a Thing: Joycean Form in the Contemporary Novel, with reference to Ali Smith’s How to be Both and Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries

Derek Attridge‘s interests centre on the language of literature, but radiate in many different directions. He was born in South Africa, where he first attended university, and some of his recent work is concerned with South African literature. He has a long-standing involvement in literary theory and in the study of poetic form. He is also well-known as a Joyce scholar, having published Joyce Effects (2000) and How to Read Joyce (2007), and four edited or co-edited volumes on Joyce. He served for many years as a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation. His publications include: Peculiar Language: Literature as Difference from the Renaissance to James Joyce (1988), Writing South Africa: Literature, Apartheid and Democracy, 1970-1995 (co-edited with Rosemary Jolly, 1998); J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Event (2004); The Singularity of Literature (2004); Reading and Responsibility: Deconstruction’s Traces (2010); Theory after “Theory” (co-edited with Jane Elliott, 2011); The Cambridge History of South African Literature (co-edited with David Attwell, 2012); Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry (2013); The Craft of Poetry: Dialogues on Minimal Interpretation (with Henry Staten, 2015); and The Work of Literature (2015). Forthcoming in 2019 is The Experience of Poetry: From Homer’s Listeners to Shakespeare’s Readers.

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