On Friday, November 9, the Library Book Club will host two special events: At 12:00 Professor of Language and Literature Dr. Peter Fraser will lead a discussion of James Joyce’s Dubliners, concentrating on the final story, “The Dead.” In the evening at 6:30, Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke will screen and lead a discussion of John Huston’s cinematic adaption of “The Dead.”
According to Harold Bloom, “The Dead” (1914), although written in a naturalistic style, “inaugurates the art of the mature Joyce.” John Huston’s film of “The Dead” (1987) was the director’s final film and is exceptionally faithful to Joyce’s story, making it particularly interesting to watch following a reading. The endings of both the story and the film are extraordinarily beautiful and will more than repay your time and effort in getting to know these works.
If you still think Joyce is only for high-brow types, do not be afraid! Dr. Fraser and Prof. Quicke are expert, gentle guides, and as always, the Library is here to help. You will find excellent educational videos on James Joyce and John Huston from FMG Films on Demand (Regent ID & password required). Our English literature and Cinema databases contain a wealth of helpful articles such as these two articles on the relationship between the story and film:
- Shout, John D. “Joyce at Twenty–Five Huston at Eighty–One: THE DEAD.” Literature Film Quarterly 17, no. 2 (June 1989): 91. Film & Television Literature Index, EBSCOhost.
- Meljac, Eric Paul. “Dead Silence: James Joyce’s “The Dead” and John Huston’s Adaptation as Aesthetic Rivals.” Literature Film Quarterly 37, no. 4 (October 2009): 295-304. Film & Television Literature Index, EBSCOhost.
The book discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room, located inside Library Administration. The film screening will take place in Screening Room A (COM 145). Both events are free and open to the public.
Whether you have been planning to read or re-read great literature, or would like an introduction to Joyce, or simply wish to see something a bit more substantial than typical multiplex fare, your wait is over. Join the Library and Profs. Fraser and Quicke for some thought-provoking discussions about two masterpieces of literature and cinema.