“Voice, Knowledge, and Truth” or “Saying Nothing”

The 27th Annual Bloomsday Omniscientific Joyce event alternately titled “Voice, Knowledge, and Truth” or “Saying Nothing” was conducted on BloomsWeek Tuesday during Session 5. The session explored the unsaid in Joyce, open secrets, and anonymity all attributing to “the unspeakable and the unspoken.” Presenters included participating Chairperson Vincent Cheng delivering  “Saying Nothing in Joyce,” Margot NorrisContinue reading ““Voice, Knowledge, and Truth” or “Saying Nothing””

John McCourt: The Origins of Bloomsday.

My recollection (sometimes or usually faulty) is that Professor McCourt said the earliest celebrations were called Ulysses Day with the first occurring in 1924. Attempting to improve on my memory I found a claim that Joyce’s unnamed friends began annual celebrations immediately after publication. Joyce mentioned the celebration in a letter after being presented aContinue reading “John McCourt: The Origins of Bloomsday.”

Festival Bloomsday Montréal, Academic Panel Number 1

On the morning of June 14th in anticipation of the Celebration of Festival Bloomsday Montréal, Academic Panel Number 1 dissembled in the style of Wandering Rocks. The speakers, neither crossed paths nor colocated and never had the opportunity to share exchanges. Some of that can be blamed on the specter of Covid.  This year’s managementContinue reading “Festival Bloomsday Montréal, Academic Panel Number 1”

(D) about “The Boarding House,” March 25, The Feast of the Annunciation

In “The Boarding House,” Joyce presents his case for the victimized male impressed into domesticity through deception, coercion, societal and economic pressure. The result is a sham Annunciation predicting a stumbling future for a timid Joseph, bound and gagged in holy matrimony. Mrs. Mooney, a failed butcher’s wife, fell even lower into the role ofContinue reading “(D) about “The Boarding House,” March 25, The Feast of the Annunciation”

(D) about “An Encounter,” June 14, anniversary of The Joyce Brothers’ “miching” expedition

The school year traditionally ended on June 30 (Terrence Murphy in “James Joyce and Narrative Territory: The Distinct Functions of Lost Time in ‘An Encounter” and ‘The Sisters’”), and Jackson and McGinley indicate Pluck’s first issue, in Joe Dillon’s “little library,” would not be available until June. Most significantly, the Joyce brothers miching expedition occurredContinue reading “(D) about “An Encounter,” June 14, anniversary of The Joyce Brothers’ “miching” expedition”

Joyce Seeing Eye to Eye with Picasso?: A Review of “James Joyce and the Cubist Esthetic.” by JO-ANNA ISAAK 

  Source: Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, WINTER 1981, Vol. 14, No. 1 (WINTER 1981), pp. 61-90  Published by: University of Manitoba  Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/24780356  Introduction I am neither a physicist nor an art historian. I do have a layman’s interest in these disciplines but claim no expertise. I know a bit more about the writingsContinue reading “Joyce Seeing Eye to Eye with Picasso?: A Review of “James Joyce and the Cubist Esthetic.” by JO-ANNA ISAAK “

(D) about “Araby,” May 18 the Bazaar of 1894

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 the Bazaar of 1894″

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 those we are trying to serve. That’s a typical size for an Amish community but not for a following on socialContinue 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”)”