Finnegans Wake: An Introduction | Newberry

Finnegans Wake: An Introduction

Led by Susan Bazargan. Six sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wednesdays, February 14 - March 21

6 - 7:30 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $190
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $209

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This course will introduce you to the joyful world of Finnegans Wake by focusing on selected tales embedded in the book. You will be offered some of the basic tools needed to enter and explore Joyce’s fascinating “Echoland.” Six sessions

Susan Bazargan is a professor emerita of English and a James Joyce scholar.

Materials List


  • James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
  • Roland McHugh, Annotations to Finnegans Wake

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the first 25 pages of the book.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.