JoyceGroup Santa Fe

The Joyce experience is especially rewarding in a reading group environment.

Everybody’s knowledge, no matter how specialized or obscure, is invariably brought to bear during discussion, and active and inquisitive participation from “beginners” has always been an essential part of the group’s success. Newcomers, veterans, late-comers, early-leavers, the timid, the talkative – all are welcome and encouraged to join us as often or sporadically as they like. Everyone, no matter how green is brought up to speed, and for the truly unprepared, extra copies of whatever books we’re reading are always available.

Over the years, JoyceGroup Santa Fe has made its way through all of Joyce’s major works at least twice, except Finnegans Wake of course, which we started reading about 19 years ago, and are about two-thirds of the way through. Presently we’re spending the first couple of hours with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (dipping as necessary into the earlier, minor works such as the epiphanies, the poetry, Stephen Hero, etc.) and then top it off at noon with an hour on Finnegan.

You can read more about our history here, and you can get an idea of the pace we work at by viewing our chronology.

Our home: St. John’s College, Santa Fe

We meet pretty much every Saturday morning – holidays included – at the beautiful campus of St. John’s College, 1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca. Depending on the College’s event scheduling, it happens at one of three locations: Levan Hall, the Evans Science Lab Building, or the Winiarski Seminar Building. If you’re at all interested in coming, you can check here to determine where it is and to confirm that it is indeed happening – we always keep this page updated.

Our next meeting:

TIME: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday January 25th, 2020
PLACE: Evans Science Laboratory, room #126 – see directions and map below

The Books and where we’ll be opening them to:

10:00 am – 12:00 noon:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Chapter I, 2nd section, about four-and-a-half pages in:
“He sat in a corner of the playroom pretending to watch a game of dominoes and once or twice he was able to hear for an instant the little song of the gas.”

Epiphany #14
“[Dublin: Sheehy’s, Belvedere Place]
Dick Sheehy — What’s a lie?”

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm:
Finnegans Wake
p. 434, line 32 from the top:
“For if the shorth of your skorth falls down to his knees pray how wrong will he look till he rises?”

If you’re interested in coming, please do let us know by dropping us a line using the fields at the bottom of this page. We’ve never had to turn anyone away for want of room, but a bit of foreknowledge never hurts – especially if we need to get extra chairs. The table does sometimes fill up.

How to get there

St John's MapFINDING THE CAMPUS – should be quite easy with GoogleMaps, plus there are road signs all over town to direct you. There are a number of parking options, a few parallel spots along the main road with visitor lots on either side – immediate right and left turns as you enter the campus – plus a handful of handicapped spots peppered here and there (see map). Saturday parking is generally pretty quiet at St. John’s, although occasionally the college will host a Saturday event which fills most everything up. This is rare, but it can happen – in which case you can parallel park along Cruz Blanca.

THE EVANS SCIENCE LAB is that large building to the left as you enter the courtyard. From the top of the courtyard stairs, climb those two additional flights directly in front of you and enter the building throught the double doors. Room 126 is at the on the left as you enter at end of the hall. Elevator access is also available for those who enter the building from the north (street) entrance.

LEVAN HALL – At the top of the stairs of the main entrance leading up to the courtyard, turn right, walk past the koi pond on your left, and Levan Hall will be that nice modernish building right in front of you. Room 302 is on the top floor – one flight of stairs or a quick elevator ride up. For the handicapped: You can avoid climbing any stairs altogether by taking one of the two adjacent handicapped spots to the south, found by driving round the campus’ circumference.

THE WINIARSKI SEMINAR BUILDING – Before you get to the main courtyard, walk up that first driveway on your right. On the other side of the staff parking lot (which contains two handicapped spots) is a nice sidewalk which, if you follow it to the right, will take you straight to the front door of the Winiarski Seminar Building. Room 201 is to the right as you enter, 206 is on the left.

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