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Why James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses” matters on its 100th anniversary

February 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

James Joyce's "Ulysses," book cover

Presented by Dr. Patrick O’Donnell and moderated by Dr. Lynette Reini-Grandell

Free webinar! On the 40th birthday of James Joyce on February 2, 1922, in Paris, Shakespeare and Company published Ulysses. It is usually considered one of the most important works of modernist fiction and even – some contend – the greatest novel of the twentieth century. In essence, it is a comic novel definitively employing innovative stream of consciousness techniques in combination with endlessly inventive stylistic experimentation.



Dr. Patrick O’Donnell is a full-time English faculty member at Normandale Community College. The founder of the Saint Paul Irish Arts Week (since 2016) and Director of Education at Celtic Junction Arts Center, Patrick teaches American, British, and Irish Gothic tales, Irish-American short stories, Irish literature, literary history, and mythology. He co-edited the eighteen-author anthology, The Harp and the Loon: Literary Bridges between Ireland and Minnesota.

Lynette Reini-GrandellDr. ReiniGrandell received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Minnesota and is the author of Approaching the Gate, winner of the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and the forthcoming Wild Verge. She researches world mythology and oral poetry traditions and has studied folksong at the Sommelo Ethno Music Festival in Kuhmo, Finland. An alum of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and the Sewanee Writers Conference, she has received grants for her work from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Finlandia Foundation. She is a professor of English at Normandale Community College.


February 2
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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