4th Giorgio Melchiori memorial Lecture

paterjoycecartoonProfessor Carolyn Williams of Rutgers University delivered the 4th annual Giorgio Melchiori lecture on 7 December. Her talk was entitled “After Aestheticism: Walter Pater to James Joyce“. Professor Williams challenged traditional readings of Pater and showed how Pater’s aestheticism was not about a cult of beauty but was deeply rooted both historically and epistemologically. She traced a line from Locke and Hume through Pater down to the modernists in their treatments of how impressions succeed each other in the mind. Pater’s view of the life of the mind was founded on a late romantic understanding. She showed how both Pater and Joyce focussed on the privileged moment of intense apprehension (borrowing from Wordworth’s “spots of time, that with distinct pre-eminence retain/ a renovating virtue”. She stressed the importance of Pater for Joyce’s asethetics and for his prose style (especially in A Portrait) (quoting T.S. Eliot who told Virginia Woolf that Joyce  “is founded upon Walter Pater with a dash of Newman”. In Williams’ view Pater wrote the first great modernist “unreadable” work – Marius the Epicurian and  she delivered a close reading of Marius’ achievement of the privileged moment,  his epiphany which also informs Joyce’s later use of the same form. seminario-7-12-2016


Irish Rome Roma Irlandese


Presentazione del volume IRISH ROME ROMA IRLANDESE di Vittorio e Roswitha di Martino


Ciaran O’Carroll, Rettore Collegio Irlandese, Roma
John McCourt, Direttore, CRISIS
Damien Kelly, Primo Segretario, Ambasciata d’Irlanda
Sabato 30 Aprile ore 11
Salone d’onore del Museo di Roma, Palazzo San Pantaleo, 10










Here is the definitive programme for WRITING THE RISING. The conference, with the exception of the lecture at the Irish Embassy, is open, free of charge, to the public. All the lectures and talks will take place in English. For further information contact John.mccourt@uniroma3.it

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1916web Click here for the full programme of Writing the Rising to be held at Università Roma 3, 14-15 January 2016. PLENARY SPEAKERS: ROY FOSTER; COLIN TEEVAN, ROISIN HIGGINS, BEN LEVITAS

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SHAKESPEAREAN JOYCE / JOYCEAN SHAKESPEARE The IX James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome



The IX James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2016

Confirmed speakers: Valerie Benejam (Université de Nantes), Paola Pugliatti,  Laura Pelaschiar  (Università di Trieste), Klaus Reichert

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Ninth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce’s 134th birthday.

The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience. In parallel with the conference’s usual focus on Joyce, it also intends to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by inviting scholars dealing with the Joyce-Shakespeare connection to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution on current trends in Joyce and Shakespeare’s studies. Related topics include, but are not limited to:

– Joyce and/vs Shakespeare

– Joyce and the Elizabethans

– Shakespeare in Joyce

– Joyce and the authorship question in Shakespeare

– Joyce Studies and Shakespeare Studies: overlaps and interconnections

– Genetic Joyce Studies and Shakespearean philology

– Joyce’s poetry and Shakespeare’s poetry

– Joyce, Shakespeare and Italy

– Joyce’s Ireland and Shakespeare’s England

– Joyce, Bruno and Shakespeare

– Joyce, Shakespeare and the idea of the nation

– Shakespeare’s reception in Joyce’s Ireland

– Joyce’s reception in England

– Shakespeare’s studies in Joyce’s times

– Joyce and the English language

– Shakespeare and the English language

– Conceptions of drama in Joyce and Shakespeare

– Shakespeare’s Rome and Joyce’s Rome

– Metafictionality and Metatheatricality in Joyce and Shakespeare

Selected papers will be published. Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, along with a short bio-sketch to joyceconference@gmail.com

Accepted speakers will be notified by November 27, 2015.

On arrival, participants will be expected to sign up for membership of The James Joyce Italian Foundation:

  • STUDENT MEMBERSHIP: € 20,00 (undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and similar categories)
  • INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP: € 50,00 (departments, libraries, foundations)
  • Please visit the James Joyce Italian Foundation website for information about the “Giorgio Melchiori Grants”: http://thejamesjoyceitalianfoundation.wordpress.com/

Writing the Rising: An international Conference on 1916

Writing the Rising: An international Conference on 1916

Università Roma Tre 14-16 January 2016

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Writing the Rising is an international conference organised by CRISIS – Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per gli Studi Irlandesi e Scozzesi – at the Università Roma Tre in association with the Irish Embassy to Italy and the College of Saint Isidore in Rome. This interdisciplinary conference will particularly welcome contributions from historians, literary critics, and political scientists. The conference will examine the central importance of the written word both before, during and after the 1916 Rising, firstly as a source of inspiration, then as the container of the main political message of the Rising itself (the Proclamation of the Irish Republic) and finally as the principal means of reportage, witness, and critique.

Paper topics can relate to any aspect of the Revolutionary period of Irish history, from 1913 to 1923. However, participants are encouraged to examine various written forms from letters to journalism, propaganda to poetry, theatre to the novel, produced before, during and in the aftermath of the tumultuous historical events of 1916. Papers dealing with modern literary reappraisals of the Rising are also welcome as are contributions dealing with European aspects of the Rising, the connections with World War One, and journalistic and popular coverage of the Rising both in the Europe of the time and the Europe of today. Discussions of coverage of the Rising in Italy will be particularly encouraged. Papers which investigate the Catholic Church’s response to the Rising will also be welcome.

CONFIRMED PLENARY SPEAKERS: Professor Roy Foster (Oxford University), Dr Ben Levitas (Goldsmiths, University of London). Other speakers will include Professor Ronan McDonald (University of New South Wales, Sydney), Dr Derek Hand (St Patrick’s College – DCU). Further plenary speakers will be announced shortly.

Proposals should be sent by 10 September 2015 to: john.mccourt@uniroma3.it


We are delighted to announce that Professor Ian Duncan, holder of the Florence Green Bixby Chair at the Department of English (University of California, Berkeley) will deliver this year’s Giorgio Melchiori lecture.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 26 March at 4 p.m. in the Sala Ambrogio (Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature, e Culture Straniere, Università Roma Tre).

The title of Professor Duncan’s talk will be

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: Enligduncanhtenment Anthropology and the Romantic Historical Novel“.

He will examine novels by Sir Walter Scott – Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe – in relation to debates about the constitution of human nature (and its relation to history) in late-Enlightenment philosophical anthropology: Rousseau, Adam Ferguson, Kant and Herder.

Duncan is the author of Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh, published by Princeton University Press and winner of the 2008 Saltire/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Award.

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John McCourt appointed Director of CRISIS

Professor John McCourt has been appointed as director of CRISIS by Professor Mario Panizza, rettore of Università Roma Tre. He takes over from Professor Richard Ambrosini.

John McCourt is Associate Professor of English literature at the Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature, e Culture Straniere at Roma Tre. He is the author of James Joyce: A Passionate Exile (London: Orion Books, and New York: St Martin’s Press, 2000) and of The Years of Bloom: Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920. (Dublin: Lilliput Press and Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000). An extended Italian version, James Joyce Gli Anni di Bloom was published by Mondadori in 2004 and won the Comisso Price. He has been guest editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and is a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation and a member of the academic board of the Yeats summer school. In 2009 his edited collection, James Joyce in Context, was published by Cambridge University Press. He published Questioni Biografiche: Le tante vite di Yeats and Joyce with Bulzoni in February 2010 and another edited collection, Roll Away the Reel World: James Joyce and the Cinema Volta appeared the same year with  Cork University Press. In 2007 McCourt was awarded the Cattedrali Europee Prize in Rome for his work in Joyce Studies.

His Writing the Frontier: Anthony Trollope between Britain and Ireland will be published by Oxford University Press in April 2015.s200_john.mccourt


DEFINITIVE PROGRAMME – JOYCE, YEATS AND THE REVIVAL – JJIF conference 2-3 February 2015 at Università ROMA TRE

Click here for the programme:  JoyceRome15

Celebrating the year of Yeats (http://yeats2015.com/) on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, this year’s annual James Joyce Italian Foundation conference in Rome on 2-3 February is entitled “Joyce, Yeats, and the Revival”. The conference explore the complex connections between these two great figures of Irish and of World literature within the context of the Irish Literary Revival going well beyond the well-known anecdote involving the two writers which recounts that Yeats was already a well-established literary figure when, in October 1902, he met Joyce for the first time at the National Library. When, at the end of their exchange Joyce asked Yeats how old he was, he replied that he was 38 (he was actually 39) only to have Joyce retort: “I thought as much. I have met you too late. You are too old.”

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Speakers from Italy, Ireland, Britain, Germany, Singapore, Turkey, Georgia, the United States, Brazil will gather in Rome.

Among the plenary speakers are Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) and associate director of the Annual Yeats Summer School; Fritz Senn, Director of the Zurich James Joyce Foundation; Carla Marengo Vaglio (Università di Torino), as well as Erik Bindervoet and Robbert-Jan Henkes, the translators of Finnegans Wake into Dutch.

For further information: joyce.foundation@uniroma3.it or john.mccourt@uniroma3.it


Write here for further information: joyce.foundation@uniroma3.it or john.mccourt@uniroma3.it

GUEST LECTURE Professor Míchéal Mac Craith

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Míchéal Mac Craith (Emeritus Professor of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway) will give a lecture entitled

“Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910-1988): Islandman, Man of Aran”

on Wednesday 17 December 2014 at 2 p.m. Sala conferenze “Ignazio Ambrogio” via del Valco di San Paolo, 19 – Roma L’iniziativa si svolge nell’ambito delle ricerche del CRISIS e del Corso Magistrale di Letteratura Inglese II del Prof. John McCourt