Blackrock Society Talks – Updated 14/2/2024

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Blackrock Dolmen by Rowan Gillespie
Rowan Gillespie’s Dolmen (1987) at N11/Temple Rd junction


Monday 11th March 2024

South Dublin’s Literary Heritage: Joyce, Beckett, and Beyond

By Dr. Niels Caul (Essayist and Lecturer)

Living as many of us do in South County Dublin, we tend to forget the impact so many Irish writers from here have had on the literary world. James Joyce and Samuel Beckett’s early lives were largely spent south of the river Liffey and they both immortalised Dublin’s coastal suburbs in their work. The authentic representation of Irish life and Irish places were a crucial facet of the Irish Literary Revival’s broader project of articulating an Irish cultural identity to the world. From initial stirrings of the Revival in the 1880s, predecessors of Joyce and Beckett felt the same artistic impulse to depict Irish life as they saw it. This talk will explore not only the representation of the landscape of South Dublin and its localities in Irish literature, but also various Irish authors’ personal relationships to these places. 
Dr. Niels Caul

Dr. Niels Caul has lectured at UCD since 2018. He has curated the exhibition “Revolutionary Dublin’s Literary Networks: C.P. Curran, Helen Laird, and James Joyce’s Ulysses” in UCD’s Special Collections and “Literary Cities: Edinburgh” in Museum of Literature Ireland, has essays in “George Egerton, Terra Incognitas: Critical Essays” and “Centripetal/Centrifugal James Joyce”, and has presented at international conferences and symposia.

See previous lectures for 2024,’23,’22,’20 and 2019 HERE

Please note there is an attendance charge of €5 for non-members of Blackrock Society


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