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 traditionally 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: the Evans Science Lab, Levan Hall, 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:

When: Saturday, May 30th, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time / New Mexico Time / “Denver” time as the smartphones would have it
Where: ONLINE! Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, we’re now meeting in an online chatroom, and “JoyceGroup Santa Fe” is fast becoming a misnomer. No matter where on planet earth you are, you can join us — provided, of course, you have enough bandwidth to live-stream. So if you’d like to join in, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page, and we’ll send you the relevant info.

Where we are in the books:

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Chapter I, 4th and final section, about half-way through:
“The hushed class continued to copy out the themes.”

Finnegans Wake
p. 450, second line from the top:
“What wouldn’t I poach — the rent in my riverside, my otther shoes, my beavery, honest!”

Let us know you’re interested: