James Joyce’s First Masterpiece: “The Dead”


This classic and richly comic short story offers an indelible portrait of Dublin hospitality, compassion, and humor.

Any edition of Dubliners will work, but we’ll only be reading “The Dead” – its concluding story.

3 Hybrid sessions. Mondays. 6:30-7:45 pm. November 28 – December 12.  (Students may attend either in person in our classroom at the Celtic Junction Arts Center or via Zoom).

Class fee: $75

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell at education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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Considered one of the greatest short stories of the twentieth century, Joyce’s immortal “The Dead” is a masterpiece of ironic and laconic observation and tenderness. Written as the last story in his jaundiced collection Dubliners (1914), it tries to grant a fair hearing to the warm hospitality that characterized his native city as we join Gabriel Conroy and his wife, Greta, at his aunts’ annual Dublin Christmas party: ‘It was always a great affair, the Misses Morkan’s annual dance.’