James Joyce, Ulysses, Proteus, Kevin Egan, Clerkenwell Prison

Ep. 42 – Under the Walls of Clerkenwell

An artist’s rendering of the Clerkenwell Explosion, 1867.

Dermot and Kelly take on some of the history behind the tale of Irish exile Kevin Egan. This episode’s discussion covers the story of the 1867 Clerkenwell explosion, what that has to do with Kevin Egan, Egan’s relationship to his wife and son, Dermot’s relationship to Tayto crisps, Egan’s memories of Kilkenny, the Berkeleyan quality of memory, more father-son angst, and a cautionary tale for young Stephen.


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Further Reading:

Anghinetti, P. (1982). Berkeley’s Influence on Joyce. James Joyce Quarterly, 19(3), 315-329. Retrieved fromhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/25476446

Ellmann, R. (1959). James Joyce. New York: Oxford University Press.

Eugene Davis & the Casey brothers. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.irishmeninparis.org/revolutionaries/eugene-davis-the-casey-brothers

“Irish Agitators in Paris,” (1884, April 22).  The New York Times. Retrieved fromhttps://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1884/04/22/103614112.pdf

“The Irish Colony in Paris,”(1884, June 11).  The Brisbane Courier. Retrieved fromhttps://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3430959

Zingg, G. (2013). Is there Hiberno-English on them? Hiberno-English in modern literature: the use of dialect in Joyce, O’Brien, Shaw and Friel. Bern: Peter Lang AG.



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