Finnegans Wake Research Seminar

The seminar is a reading group that has been running regularly since 2007. It reads James Joyce’s final work, Finnegans Wake, at a close level of detail, which the allusive and multi-layered work demands. Discussion is focused on the text and attention is also paid to Joyce’s manuscripts (copies of which are displayed on a screen). PhD students working on a range of topics (ethics, space, psychoanalysis, Catholicism, America, textual problems, Islam in the 1920s and 30s, fashion and clothing) attend and bring their own concerns to the group. Established academics, graduate students, and a healthy portion of non-academics attend regularly. As a reading group it is also a celebration of methods of close reading, and an investigation into what those methods entail. 

The group hosts a blog to record its discussions.

Autumn term 2020

The group will meet, via Microsoft Teams, 18:00-20:00 on the following dates:

  • Friday 16 October
  • Friday 6 November
  • Friday 27 November
  • Friday 18 December (provisional)
  • Friday 29 January
  • Friday 19 February (provisional)
  • Friday 12 March
  • Friday 2 April
  • Friday 23 April (provisional)
  • Friday 14 May
  • Friday 4 June
  • Friday 25 June (provisional)
  • Friday 16 July

To receive the joining link for the seminars, please regsiter via the link below.


Professor Finn Fordham (Royal Holloway, University of London), Professor Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway, University of London) & Stefano Rossignoli (Trinity College Dublin)