James Joyce was born in Florence
10 June 2020 - 18:00
Virtual Cultural Event, on Zoom
by Peter Kennealy
James Joyce was actually born in Dublin in February 1882, but his connections to Italy were many and varied. Before moving to Trieste in 1904, he studied Italian at University College, Dublin and moved in Italian musical circles some of whose members later settled in Florence. He wrote articles in Italian, mostly about Ireland, for a major Trieste newspaper. It was in Trieste that he wrote Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist and began work on Ulysses before leaving for Paris in 1920. He may have had an affair with a Triestine ‘Dark Lady’ who appears in Giacomo Joyce, his only work set there. One of the candidates for the Dark Lady left Trieste during the Second World War and settled in Florence where she died in 1967. In February 1943 a child born in Florence was given the name ‘James Joyce’. Why?
Peter Kennealy is the Politics Librarian of the European University Institute in Fiesole
The talk will last about 40 mins, and will be followed by a discussion using the power of video conferencing.
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