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Giorgio Melchiori Grant winners

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 23/05/2012

The James Joyce Italian Foundation is pleased to announce that many applications were received regarding the grant in memory of Giorgio Melchiori.
After a thorough examination of the individual achievements and study projects of the  candidates, who met with all the requirements, the JJIF Executive Committee declares that the winners of the two grants are:

  • Ronan Crowley, PhD student , University at Buffalo
  • Federico Sabatini, PhD, Turin University.

The two winners should send an email of acceptance to the James Joyce Italian Foundation, including their bank details (IBAN and BIC SWIFT code) so that the grant may be accredited to their accounts.

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‘The Seim Anew?’: Ireland in cycles – 24-26 May 2012 – Trieste – Italy

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 16/05/2012

The second annual Italian Conference on Irish Studies ‘The Seim Anew?’: Ireland in cycles. Is the present a return to the past? Cyclical patterns in Contemporary Ireland: Cultural Memory, Literature and Society will be held in Trieste from 24th to 26th May 2012 at Auditorium Salone degli Incanti, Riva Nazario Sauro 1.

This interdisciplinary conference fucuses on cyclicality, recurrence and return in order to question perceptions of post-nationalist, post-Catholic and globalized Ireland as expressed in various cultural forms (literature, media, criticism).

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James Joyce’s Dubliners – A visual response @ the Dublin Writers Museum

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 14/05/2012

At the Dublin Writers Museum an exhibition dedicated to James Joyce’s Dubliners until the 30th June 2012.

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James Joyce in “Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism” by Luke Thurston

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 01/05/2012

This new book by Luke ThurstonLiterary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism: the Haunting Interval (Routledge 2012), resituates the ghost story as a matter of literary hospitality and as part of a vital prehistory of modernism, seeing it not as a quaint neo-gothic ornament, but as a powerful literary response to the technological and psychological disturbances that marked the end of the Victorian era.

Linking little-studied authors like M. R. James and May Sinclair to such canonical figures as Dickens, Henry James, Woolf, and Joyce, Thurston argues that the literary ghost should be seen as no mere relic of gothic style but as a portal of discovery, an opening onto the central modernist problem of how to write ‘life itself.’ Ghost stories are split between an ironic, often parodic reference to Gothic style and an evocation of ‘life itself,’ an implicit repudiation of all literary style.

Reading the ghost story as both a guest and a host story, this book traces the ghost as a disruptive figure in the ‘hospitable’ space of narrative from Maturin, Poe and Dickens to the fin de siècle, and then on into the twentieth century.


‘A terrific book, tightly-argued, highly-disciplined, constantly making interconnections of a convincing kind between the examples; never obscure or wandering from the point, often witty and sharp in observation and deduction – a brilliant account of what goes on and what’s at stake when the ghost gets into the machine of narrative’.

Professor Peter Barry, author of Beginning Theory

Other books by Luke Thruston on James Joyce:

1. James Joyce and the Problem of Psychoanalysis, Cambridge University Press, 2004

2.Re-inventing the Symptom: Essays on the Final Lacan , Other Press, 2002 (edited by Luke Thurston)

3. How James Joyce Made His Name: A Reading of the Final Lacan, by Roberto Harari, translated by Luke Thurston, Other Press, 2002

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