(D) about “Araby” May 18

Residents of Dublin are paralyzed by the darkness. That darkness gathers under an enchanted cloak thrown across them. The cloak is woven of mythical threads of secrets of religious ritual, sexual mysteries, and the imperfection of courtly love. Blindness has many causes. A Jackson and McGinley note for “Araby” points out that Launcelot found himself withContinue reading “(D) about “Araby” May 18″

Bloomsday Celebrations ’21 around the Globe

BLOOMSDAY 2021 EM FLORIANÓPOLIS Convite Neste ano, o Bloomsday de Florianópolis acontecerá nas páginas de um jornal, “O Dia de Hoje” que circulará online em 16 de junho, porém, o ano será o de 1904, data em que transcorre o enredo de “Ulisses” romance de Joyce cujo protagonista, Leopoldo Bloom, leva e traz mensagens, por meio de núnciosContinue reading “Bloomsday Celebrations ’21 around the Globe”

Where Has Your Copy of Ulysses Been?

The James Joyce Reading Circle targets a readership of about 400. That is the optimum size for a community. This is not done to be elitist but to try to actually know something about something about those we are trying to serve. That’s a typical size for an Amish community but not for a followingContinue reading “Where Has Your Copy of Ulysses Been?”

(D)”about ‘A Little Cloud”” ~December 1 (“Late Autumn”)

Joyce named this story as a personal favorite. He honored it by returning to the title imagery repeatedly over the thirty-five years that followed. The little cloud originates in Elijah’s ascension in a fiery chariot and a wailing child in Blake’s “Mad Song.” Gordon economically says “A Little Cloud” “…reflects the kinds of allusions thatContinue reading “(D)”about ‘A Little Cloud”” ~December 1 (“Late Autumn”)”

(D) about “Eveline,” October 8

Hugh Kenner invites us to consider that Frank of “Eveline” speaks for Frank’s creator, James Joyce. Sondra Melzer expands that comparison claiming Eveline speaks for Nora Barnacle. Joyce carried Nora off to parts unknown on October 8, 1904, but resisted any urge to marry her until 1931. Were his motives noble, or did he findContinue reading “(D) about “Eveline,” October 8″

(D) about “Counterparts,” February 16

  [Setting “Counterparts” on the Dubliners Calendar requires some finesse. If sunset occurs at about 5:30 PM, the date might be soon after February 12 and also after mid-month. Ireland, however, did not begin Daylight Savings Time until 1916. Joyce finished Counterparts on July 16, 1905. Alternately, the sunset might coincide with a November setting,Continue reading “(D) about “Counterparts,” February 16″

(D) about “The Dead,” January 6

‘the dead are dancing with the dead./The dust is whirling with the dust.’ (Oscar Wilde, “The Harlot’s House”) Befuddled Julia Morkan, “toddling” on the arm of Mister Archibald DeathBrowne, appears “ignorant, old, grey-skinned, and stupified.” She exits the room of her minor musical triumph for the feast where Gabriel of the next generation will eulogize herContinue reading “(D) about “The Dead,” January 6″

About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)

Ellmann’s Edition The last task should be deciding what type of artistic creation is Giacomo Joyce. It would be helpful to begin reading with that task in mind. It might be a prose poem. It might be a diary, a confession, or an exploration of streams of consciousness. Joyce called the episodes “sketches” when Pound asked himContinue reading “About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)”

(GJ) Cantos XLVIII-XLIX (p.16. ll. 24-27, 31).

Her arms: a casque, gules, and blunt spear on a field, sable.  The tale is told, although neither that subject nor verb is accurate of what we witnessed. There has been no narrative; the sharing has been secretive. It is unlikely that the Poppers or other contenders for the role of “Dark Who” would beContinue reading “(GJ) Cantos XLVIII-XLIX (p.16. ll. 24-27, 31).”

(GJ) Cantos XLVI-XLVII (p.16, ll.12-16, 20).

…foliage of stars-s-and waning heaven-c-stillness-e-…./ Non hunc sed Barabbam!  On first reading, these cantos seem among the simplest of Giacomo Joyce. The simplicity is as deceptive as a Judas kiss. As ever, time twists, shapes shift, and identities intermingle. The essential puzzle of the prose poem changes too from “Who?” (now answered) to “Why?” which mayContinue reading “(GJ) Cantos XLVI-XLVII (p.16, ll.12-16, 20).”