(U) Ulysses, “Cyclops,” Episode 12~pp 287-339.

  Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses Title: Cyclops Scene: The Tavern Time: 5 p.m. Organ: Muscle Art: Politics Colour: (none) Symbol: Fenian Technic: Gigantism    A Few Favorite, Squinting Quotes among Many —Who made those allegations? says Alf. — I, says Joe. I’m the alligator. and —Arrah, give over your bloody codding, Joe,Continue reading “(U) Ulysses, “Cyclops,” Episode 12~pp 287-339.”

(U) Ulysses, “Sirens,” Episode 11~pp 252-86.

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses. Title: Sirens Scene: The Concert Room Time: 4 p.m. Organ: Ear Art: Music Colour: (none) Symbol: Barmaids Technic: Fuga per canonem Lyrical quotes among many favorites I carried wax along the line and laid it  thick on their ears. They tried me up, then, plumb amidships, back toContinue reading “(U) Ulysses, “Sirens,” Episode 11~pp 252-86.”

(Da) Homer, Dante, Joyce: Ontology, Heroes, and Hell

Novels require protagonists who grow from this to that. The development of the novel from epic poetry also required a “becoming.’ The epic hero conforms to customs and rituals to overcome obstacles; the modern hero develops new standards of ethics and behavior. This is the essential difference between Homer’s Odysseus and Joyce’s Bloom. In theContinue reading “(Da) Homer, Dante, Joyce: Ontology, Heroes, and Hell”

(U) Ulysses, “Wandering Rocks,” Episode 10~pp 216-51.

  Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses Title: Wandering Rocks Scene: The Streets Time: 3 p.m. Organ: Blood Art: Mechanics Colour: (none) Symbol: Citizens Technic: Labyrinth Crushing Quotes among Many Favorites The gay sweet chirping whistling within went on a bar or two, ceased. The blind of the window was drawn aside. A cardContinue reading “(U) Ulysses, “Wandering Rocks,” Episode 10~pp 216-51.”

(M) Joyce’s Modernism and Text World Theory

She-he, I-my dolores.  A siren lures Bloom, and he succumbs. Depression sucks him into a song that reminds him of Molly’s infidelity, his solitude, and Blazes Boylan’s betrayal. Ignorance shields readers from Poldy’s ponderings. They are protected from second-hand seduction because Pondering-Poldy doesn’t decode or explain his stream of consciousness for the readers’ benefit. BloomContinue reading “(M) Joyce’s Modernism and Text World Theory”

(U) Ulysses, “Scylla and Charybdis,” Episode 9~ pp.182-215.

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses Title: Scylla and Charybdis Scene: The Library Time: 2 p.m. Organ: Brain Art: Literature Colour: (none) Symbol: Stratford, London Technic: Dialectic Favorite Quotes among Many “No, no, put all your backs into it, row on;/ invoke Blind Force, that bore this scourge of men,/ to keep her fromContinue reading “(U) Ulysses, “Scylla and Charybdis,” Episode 9~ pp.182-215.”

(U) Ulysses “Lestrygonians,” Episode 8~pp 149-81.

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses Title: Lestrygonians Scene: The Lunch Time: 1 p.m. Organ: Esophagus Art: Architecture Colour: (none) Symbol: Constables Technic: Peristaltic Delicious Quotes among Many Favorites “Bloo…Me? No. Blood of the Lamb.”           says Bloom as he misreads the flyer about the coming of Elijah.   —-HeContinue reading “(U) Ulysses “Lestrygonians,” Episode 8~pp 149-81.”

(Da) Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom

6 Not apple-trees were there, but thorns with poison. 7 Such tangled thickets have not, nor so dense,  8 Those savage wild beasts, that in hatred hold  9 ‘Twixt Cecina and Corneto the tilled places. (Longfellow, canto xiii)   In Dante’s Inferno, the poet gives his greatest attention to suicides who are violent due toContinue reading “(Da) Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom”

(Da) Guides through the Afterlife in The Divine Comedy and Ulysses

James Joyce acknowledged his debt to Dante (The Divine Comedy) when crafting Ulysses. The two masterpieces and the Odyssey and Aeneid that preceded them, each include the device of a guide (or guides through the afterlife). In Inferno, that guide is Virgil; in Ulysses, Mr. Leopold Bloom mentors the underripe Stephen Dedalus. Over the comingContinue reading “(Da) Guides through the Afterlife in The Divine Comedy and Ulysses”

(Da) Virgil, Bloom, and Dante’s Hillside Predators

—O, there you are, Mr Bloom said, turning from the fire. (“Calypso”)   When asked his status, Leopold Bloom might give Virgil’s answer: “Not man; man once I was” (Dante Canto i l. 67). Bloom lost his way by middle life, buffeted among three carnivorous beasts, becoming more peculiar in his ways. The catalysts forContinue reading “(Da) Virgil, Bloom, and Dante’s Hillside Predators”