STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS Reading James Joyce and Virginia Woolf with Patrick McMahon

STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Reading James Joyce and Virginia Woolf with Patrick McMahon

Every other Sunday, 5:00 to 7 p.m. (early arrivals from 4:30).  FALL SERIES: September 17 through December 10, 2017

Suggested donations $10-$20 per discussion.  Sandwiches, tea and wine included

For registration and syllabus, please contact Patrick McMahon, mcahab@comcast.net

In 1919 Virginia Woolf, bemoaning the demise of the contemporary novel, still placed hope in various young writers experimenting with fresh forms:

They attempt to come closer to life, and to preserve more sincerely and exactly what interests and moves them . . . record(ing) the atoms as they fall upon the mind, in the order in which they fall . . . tracing the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.

One of the most promising of those young writers, she noted, was James Joyce, whose Ulysses, then a work in progress, would in its published form open up the technique of “stream of consciousness,” an approach to narrative attempting to get closer to life and finding coherence in profusion.  Woolf would in time be greatly influenced by Joyce in her own experiments with narritive voice, from Mrs. Dalloway to The Waves. Tracing the paths by which both artists arrived at their masterworks, our course of study will be sequenced in three, three-month series, of 7- 8 meetings each.

Fall/Winter, September 17th through December 10, 2017

James’s collection of short stories, Dubliners

Woolf’s shorter fictions and essays

 

Event date: 
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Dubliners Cover Image
By James Joyce, Colum McCann (Foreword by), Terence Brown (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf: Second Edition Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156212502
Availability: Ships from Warehouse, Usually in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 1989