Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Staged Interview with John Banville

A staged interview with John Banville, focusing particularly on his work in the context of collaborative creative practices and adaptations

On Friday 3rd October at 6:00 p.m. John Banville will be taking part in a “staged interview” in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC. Organized by Rachel MagShamhráin of the German Department, this interview is part of a larger event investigating collaborative creative practices in the specific context of adaptation. John Banville is an author particularly well positioned to talk about adaptation, seemingly able to turn his pen to anything from the historical-scientific novels of his Tetralogy to crime writing, infinitely chameleon yet always unmistakably himself. In terms of actual adaptations, he has written, among other things, versions of three plays by German author Heinrich von Kleist, using one of these, Amphitryon (itself an adaptation of Molière and Plautus) as the basis for his novel The Infinities. He also wrote the screenplay for Rodrigo García’s film adaptation of George Moore’s novella Albert Nobbs, as well as adapting his own Booker Prize-winning The Sea for screen.

And more recently, writing in the voice of Raymond Chandler, he has published a Philip Marlowe novel The Black-Eyed Blonde under his pen name Benjamin Black. As the broad field adaptation also encompasses questions of intertextuality, Banville’s work, so rich in allusions, references, borrowings, while itself exerting its own unique influence, is a matchless case study in the relationships between different bodies of works. The interview with the author will be followed by questions from the audience and a wine reception. It is open to members of the public, and admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6pm
Location: Glucksman Gallery
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Rachel MagShamhráin

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