James Joyce: Video interview

The short story “Eveline” is set in Dublin around the beginning of the 20th century. As such it is fairly typical of James Joyce’s work. Although he spent most of his adult life abroad, it is in the streets and characters of his native city that he finds his inspiration.

In this interview Irish historian Dr Eamonn Noonan tells Access author Richard Burgess about Dublin’s changing attitudes to its great literary son and looks especially at the impact of his greatest work, Ulysses, on the cultural life of modern Dublin.


Discussion questions:

  1. Joyce’s most famous novel is called Ulysses. What do you learn from the interview about the subject matter of the book?
  2. How have Dubliners’ attitudes to Joyce changed over the years?
  3. Which Norwegian authors do you think have a similar national status to one enjoyed by Joyce?