Course Description


People’s College for Continuing Education and Training

Tutor: Dr Conor Farnan

Date: Oct 14, 2020 – Jan 12, 2021
Day: Wednesday
Time : 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Category: History and Politics, Personal development, The Arts
Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date
Cost: €145 for twelve classes


This course introduces the early life and work of James Joyce through two masterpieces: the short story collection, Dubliners, and the autobiographical A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Written between 1904 and 1916, the two works capture an Ireland of cultural change, as old certainties of church, family and nation are interrogated by the young writer’s vision. Filled with vivid Dublin characters and recognisable moments of political and domestic turmoil, Joyce’s earliest works retain a rare freshness and serve as a gateway to Ulysses and beyond.

Led by a seasoned teacher of Joyce, this course is aimed at all readers. While previous knowledge of Dubliners and A Portrait will be useful, neither is strictly necessary. Each session will be a stimulating, enjoyable mixture of group reading, instruction, discussion and guided exploration of the book. The only thing you need to bring is a copy of the books themselves: the inexpensive Wordsworth Classics editions are recommended.

Dr Conor Farnan has a longstanding passion for all things Joyce. Having worked with Joyce’s nephew at the James Joyce Centre, he has gone on to teach Joyce both in university and adult education settings. A number of his publications on Joyce are also in print. It is his third year leading the James Joyce courses at The Peoples’ College.

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Please register online or call the office on 01 8735879

College Name People’s College for Continuing Education and Training
Course Category History, Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Location Dublin, UK
Location Postcode Dublin 1
Course Start Date 14th October 2020
Course End Date 12th January 2021
Course Fee €145 for twelve classes
Course Duration 12 weeks
Course Times Wed 6-8pm
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