Bloomsday at the Burns Library

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“In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven!”

Finnegans Wake, I.5.104

In celebration of Bloomsday, the Burns Library is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibit on James Joyce.  This exhibit is on display in the Burns Library from June 16th through September 12, 2015.

Born in Dublin though seemingly fated never to return, Irish novelist and poet James Joyce (1882 – 1941) attempted to transpose the common life of his native city onto a heroic scale through a series of progressively experimental novels. Frequently autobiographical in content yet mythological in substance, they enthralled readers in Joyce’s personal odyssey while exasperating publishers and provoking censorship.

This exhibition focuses on the publication of three of Joyce’s masterworks: his early short story collection, Dubliners, his epic Ulysses, and his enigmatic Finnegans Wake. It also highlights Boston College’s sustained engagement with Joyce through Professor Joe Nugent’sRaidin the Wake” reading group and student-curated digital projects, including the JoyceWays app, the Digital Dubliners iBook, and the newly launched Dubliners Bookshelf website.

This exhibit is open whenever the Burns Library is open, check our open hours by clicking here.   Happy Bloomsday!

cdupontportraitChristian Dupont, Burns Librarian and                                             Associate University Librarian for Special Collections

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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