Understanding the Body with W.B. Yeats & James Joyce

Understanding the Body with W.B. Yeats & James Joyce

In the last book club series, Professor Barry McCrea guided us through various representations of what it’s like to experience life in lockdown during a pandemic and how it alters our relationship with society. This new series, led by Professor Declan Kiberd, will draw our focus closer to the human body, inviting readers to consider how the body is represented in the work of Irish authors W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Eavan Boland. Introducing readers to Yeats and Joyce, two towering figures of Irish literature, the following themes will be discussed: the relationship between mind and body, the body in pain, the body in Irish history, and the body set free. Guest speakers will join Professor Kiberd during some of these sessions. Sign Up

Live meetings will be on Wednesdays, 1:00 PM (EDT) on August 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Start Series Partners for the Kylemore Book Club include  Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, ND International, the College of Arts & Letters, the Keough School of Global Affairs, ND Learning, and the Notre Dame Alumni Association.  To read more about this partnership, please read the announcement.

Series Description

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Format Length Title Speaker
Article 2 minutes Meet the Instructor Declan Kiberd
Article 12 minutes Pre-Readings
Video 6 minutes The Body & Mind Declan Kiberd
Article 6 minutes Article: The lost story of James Joyce’s daughter as a Parisian dancer Deirdre Mulrooney
Article 60 minutes Join the live virtual event Declan Kiberd
Podcast 3 minutes The Song of Wandering Aengus Declan Kiberd
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Format Length Title Speaker
Article Pre-Readings Declan Kiberd
Video 8 minutes Blindness & Insight Declan Kiberd
Video 4 minutes On Baile’s Strand by W.B. Yeats Declan Kiberd
Video 8 minutes Ulysses by James Joyce Declan Kiberd
Article 60 minutes Join the Live Virtual Event Declan Kiberd
Article Additional Resources Briona Nic Dhiarmada
Article Prepare for Next Week Declan Kiberd
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Format Length Title Speaker
Article Pre-Readings Declan Kiberd
Video 7 minutes From Famine to Revival Declan Kiberd
Video 7 minutes "Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop" Declan Kiberd
Video 5 minutes Molly’s Soliloquy Declan Kiberd
Article 60 minutes Join the Live Virtual Event Declan Kiberd
Article Prepare for Next Week
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Format Length Title Speaker
Article Pre-Readings Declan Kiberd
Video 6 minutes Setting the Body Free Declan Kiberd
Article 1 minute To Dance is to Burn by Michael Keegan-Dolan Michael Keegan Dolan
Video 7 minutes Yeats, Dance, and the Unconscious Declan Kiberd
Article 60 minutes Join the Live Virtual Event Declan Kiberd
Article Congratulations
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