James Joyce

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882-13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, famous for his modernist avant-garde style. He is the author of Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939).




26-27 SEPTEMBER 2019

The Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia, and the James Joyce Association of Georgia, hosted an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to the 80th anniversary of James Joyce’s publication of Finnegans Wake in 1939.


Professor Mañana Gelashvili, director of the Institute of West European Languages and Literature at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia, in conjunction with the  James Joyce Association in Georgia announced a two-day interdisciplinary international conference dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in 1939.

The conference explored how Joyce’s works were, on the one hand, representative of a diversity of cultures and languages and, on the other hand, representative of his Dublin birth home. The conference also explored the impact of his works on the world of literature.


Presentation of Paper: Joyce and His Paris World – Martina Nicolls and Tamar Zhghenti.


James Joyce went to Paris in 1902 to study medicine. Claiming ill health, he withdrew and returned to Dublin in 1903 before journeying abroad. By 1919, Joyce was a published author with four works: the poetry collection Chamber Music (1907), the collection of short stories Dubliners (1914), his first novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and his first play Exiles (1918). In 1920, he was looking for a location, for a few months, to finish Ulysses. He arrived in Paris on July 8, 1920—99 years ago. He stayed for twenty years.

This paper shows Paris as his home and the location where he completed Ulysses (1922) and wrote Finnegans Wake (1939).Joyce, at 38, was a family man when he arrived in Paris with Nora (36), Giorgio (15) and Lucia (13). However, in those twenty years, he never bought a home of his own. He lived in rental apartments and hotels. Depending on his funds, the residences varied in size, style, and location. He favored the 6th, 7th, and 8th municipalities, called arrondissements. Which place did Lucia hate, saying it was ‘stuck together with spit’? And which residence was the first place with the luxury of a telephone? This presentation takes a photographic view of each residence with an historical account of the duration, the cost, the atmosphere, and the reasons for departing.