About the Project


Joyce’s Dublin; An exploration of ‘The Dead’
A podcast series and multimedia project for the UCD Humanites Institute produced by Athena Media

James Joyce is regarded as one of the greatest Irish or Modernist writers, but also more simply as one of the greatest writers in English literature. Born in Dublin in 1882 and educated at University College Dublin (UCD), Joyce left Ireland in 1904, returning only for a few short visits, but his work endlessly explores the country, particularly his native Dublin. ‘The Dead’, the final story in Joyce’s 1914 collection Dubliners, is considered one of the finest short stories in the English language but in thinking of it as a magnificent work of art we should not forget that it is a text shaped by a very particular context. Joyce’s great friend, Con Curran, remarked of Joyce that ‘His memory was a map of the town’, and the city of Dublin is vividly present in ‘The Dead’.

Joyce’s Dublin; an exploration of ‘The Dead’ is an audio podcast series displayed in a multimedia website which provides links and resources to augment the programmes and assist readers of Joyce’s work. These podcasts help us to understand the context of Joyce’s work. They help us not just to understand the religious and political debates of the time, but also to hear the popular songs that Joyce knew, to picture the streets that he knew, and to appreciate how the story sits within a rich history of Dublin and of Ireland. By directing us to the archives and the photographs, songs, journals, maps, books and other items within them the podcasts and website open for us a vision of Joyce’s Dublin that brings a new life to the story, just as the story brings new life to the archives.

‘Joyce’s Dublin’ is led by Professors Gerardine Meaney and Anne Fogarty, with research conducted by Dr John O’Neill of University College Dublin. The audio podcast series and website, ‘Joyce’s Dublin’ is commissioned by UCD and is an Athena Media production. This project is funded through the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA), a component of the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland, which is funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI). The IVRLA has preserved elements of UCD’s main repositories and encouraged access to the material by digitizing and cataloguing it. The IVRLA is one of the first comprehensive digital primary-source repositories in Ireland.

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