July 5, 2001
In July, Tompkins Professor of English Emeritus Austin Briggs taught at the week-long fifth annual James Joyce Summer School sponsored by the University of Trieste in the Italian city where Joyce wrote most of Dubliners,
composed A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
and began Ulysses.
Briggs taught one of the three courses offered by the school (a seminar on Dubliners) and delivered the first in a series of 15 lectures by scholars from Europe and the United States, an address on "The Brothel as the Setting for the 'Circe' Episode of Ulysses.
" A recent review in the James Joyce Literary Supplement
of the June 2000 Joyce Symposium held in London singled out Briggs as one of the three funniest Joyceans going; he notes that given the competition, this is much harder than being the funniest Miltonist. More ...