Event—Adult Education

Finnegans Wake: An Introduction

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Take on the challenge of one of the most intriguing and entertaining literary works ever produced: James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.

James Joyce. Call number: Midwest MS Butcher Series 6 Box 41 Folder 1727

Class Description

This eight-week class offers participants the opportunity to become familiar with one of the most intriguing and entertaining literary works ever produced. Drawing on more than 60 languages and thus "universal" in its very essence, Finnegans Wake challenges readers to draw on a range of intellectual and emotional resources.

The class offers fundamental skills on navigating the complexities of Joyce's "Book of the Night," a text that challenges our established ways of thinking about language, human cognition, connection, and narrative structures. Various embedded tales in this rich, comic masterpiece will serve as our guide in our celebration of Joyce's final feast.

Susan Bazargan is Emerita Professor of English and a James Joyce scholar.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • Please read the first 10 pages of Finnegans Wake.

Cost and Registration

This class is full, but you can still register for the waitlist on Learning Stream.

Eight sessions, $255 ($230 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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