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, November 28th, 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! In this strange new world of social distancing, we’re now meeting in an online chatroom, so “JoyceGroup Santa Fe” is fast becoming a misnomer. Provided you have sufficient bandwidth to livestream, you can join us regardless of where on planet earth you happen to be. So if you’re keen 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 III, second section, eleven-or-so pages in:
“—Hell has enlarged its soul and opened its mouth without any limits—words taken, my dear little brothers in Christ Jesus, from the book of Isaias, fifth chapter, fourteenth verse. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

Finnegans Wake
p. 468, line 31 from the top:
“Yes, faith, I am as mew let freer, beneath me corthage, bound.”


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