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Roos to Travel to Ireland as NEH Fellowship Recipient

June 6, 2012

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Roos to Travel to Ireland as NEH Fellowship Recipient

CANYON, Texas—James Joyce hasn’t always been Dr. Bonnie Roos’ favorite author, but when she was forced to read his works as undergraduate, she developed a passion for his writing. The West Texas A&M University associate professor of English now has the opportunity to feed that passion as the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to the “James Joyce’s Ulysses: Texts and Contexts” seminar June 18-July 20 at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.Dr. Bonnie Roos

NEH Fellowships are competitive, and Roos is one of 16 from across the country selected to attend the seminar. It is designed for college and university faculty and provides resources for the classroom as well as exceptional opportunities for scholarly research. The participants will work with two leading scholars on Joyce’s Ulysses, which is considered one of the most important novels of the 20th century. Roos and the other seminar attendees will look at the book, explore its history and search for a better understanding in terms of complexity and textural theory. The group also will contribute to the discussion by sharing manuscripts and articles they have written about Joyce.

“His writing is a passion for me,” Roos said, “and I have several articles about him as well as a book in progress.”

In fact, many of her works on Joyce examine the Irish famine, which is the topic of her current book project, “James Joyce’s Ulysses, Politics and the Irish Famine.” Roos’ published works include “The Joyce of Eating in Ulysses: Feast, Famine and the Humble Potato,” “James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ and Bret Harte’s Gabriel Conroy: The Nature of the Feast” and “Cowboys and Indians: James Joyce’s ‘An Encounter’ and the Failed Heroics of a Young Ireland.”

In addition to the seminar sessions, Roos also will take part in excursions to various Dublin sites as well as in opportunities for research at Ireland’s National Library and the James Joyce Center. She also will participate in informal sessions throughout the seminar to discuss and share ideas about Ulysses.

Roos also plans to be in Dublin a few days before the start of the seminar to take part in Bloomsday on Saturday, June 16. The annual event celebrates the very day that Joyce had his Ulyssean character, Leopold Bloom, traipse across Dublin in .

The NEH Fellowship covers Roos’ travel and living expenses as well as those for books and research.


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