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Solas Nua's CIFF@Home with NYU DC Dialogues: "100 Years of Ulysses"
Solas Nua's CIFF@Home with NYU DC Dialogues presents, 100 Years of Ulysses. Registration will give attendees access to an on-demand film link to view ahead of a pre-recorded Q&A with director Ruán Magan, and author Joseph M. Hassett that will air on September 28.

One hundred years ago, on February 2nd 1922, James Joyce’s Ulysses was first published by Sylvia Beach in a small bookshop in Paris. The book, which consumed 7 years of Joyce’s life, years in which his family’s circumstances were very difficult, would have a profound impact on the literature and culture of the century to follow. No twentieth century novel has rivaled Ulysses in its reach.

Though Ulysses was banned initially in America and Britain, where it shocked and stunned in equal measure Joyce’s epic soon came to be celebrated as a masterpiece of modernism and a revolution in literary expression. It has inspired creators as diverse as Eileen Grey, Sergei Eisenstein, Man Ray and Bob Dylan. But in Ireland, Joyce was accused of treachery, for having gone to war with the Irish Catholic Church and repudiating his own people. He was also accused of ignoring his nation’s long struggle for independence from Britain which culminated in 1922 - only weeks before Ulysses was published - with the foundation of the Irish Free State.

Today however, Joyce and Ulysses are being considered anew. New scholarship suggests that Joyce’s war against the Catholic Church and nationalism may have been motivated by the deepest commitment to his people and his culture. Ulysses may be a prophetic text that imagines a better future not only for Ireland, but for Europe and the world.

Hand-picked by Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival, CIFF@Home with NYU DC Dialogues is a bi-monthly, curated series of Irish film.

Sep 28, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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