What follows will be an experiment. I have long suspected that there is a calendar nesting among the fifteen stories of Dubliners. Beginning with “Clay” on November 5, I will post an essay about each story in the collection. The stories will follow the Celtic Year.
Success in laying out a defensible schema is not guaranteed. I am open to your ideas about how the stories appear on the calendar. Placements for “Ivy Day in the Committee Room” and “The Dead” are easy enough. Other stories may align with Celtic festivals or Catholic holy days as suggested by the stories’ themes. The use of beads, talismans, and rites of divination in developing your recommendations is encouraged.
- about Clay, October 31
- about A Painful Case, November
- about A Little Cloud, ~December 1
- about The Dead, January 6
- about Counterparts, ~February 16
- about Eveline, October 8