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


Reading James Joyce and Virginia Woolf with Patrick McMahon

Every other Sunday, 5:00 to 7 p.m. (early arrivals from 4:30).

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

For registration and syllabus, please contact Patrick McMahon,

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

We'll select our readings from The Portable Joyce, edited by Harry Levin, and The Virginia Woolf Reader, edited by Mitchell A. Leaska.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf: Second Edition Cover Image
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By James Joyce, Harry Levin (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780140150308
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 18th, 1976

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