About 30 people, including several leading overseas scholars,
will take part from today in a three-day conference at the
University of Otago, devoted to the works of celebrated Irish
writer James Joyce.
The gathering, titled ''Joycean Worlds'' aimed to bring
together ''dedicated and enthusiastic Joyceans from New
Zealand and Australia'' to share their ''worlds'', organisers
And the sharing includes the views of distinguished speakers
Prof Vicki Mahaffey, of the University of Illinois, in the
United States, and Dr Tony Thwaites, of the University of
Prof Peter Kuch, director of the Otago University Centre for
Irish and Scottish Studies, said this was not the biggest
gathering organised by the centre but was its first devoted
This was a ''boutique'' meeting which was small enough to
enable everyone to attend all the sessions, and several
leading young Otago researchers would be presenting papers,
When a 1967 film version of Joyce's novel Ulysses was
first shown in New Zealand, it was screened to segregated
audiences, with males and females seated separately.
Prof Mahaffey, a leading Joyce scholar, said yesterday
Ulysses had always proved provocative, and the
challenging nature of the work and the power of its language
kept drawing readers back to it.