James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September

James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September Activity on the website was less than usual during the month. Few new posts were created. Usage related to Flannery O’Connor is heavily weighted toward US usage. Haiku were added to half the Giacomo Joyce cantos in September. This will be completed in October. This isContinue reading “James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September”

(D) about “Ivy Day in the Committee Room”- October 6, the Anniversary of Parnell’s Death

Edwardian Dublin was an occupied city under imposed and foreign institutions. Eight hundred years previously, Stirruped Strongbow took the Dark City. Beyond the Pale, Norman strongholds pockmarked the fortifiable positions. Eventually, most Normans succumbed to Ireland’s charm, but one result was the dilution of old Irish ways. The new masters denuded forests. Farms turned toContinue reading “(D) about “Ivy Day in the Committee Room”- October 6, the Anniversary of Parnell’s Death”

U22E6 Bowing My Head to the Hades Episode

Listening to U22 this week, I contemplate my rumored mortality. I can ignore it for days at a time, but the obscuring clouds are stratus now, not cumulus, so I rode in the carriage with Paddy Dignam’s mourners. Simon Dedalus was sufficiently decrepit and feared that the horses shook bells for him. Cunningham and PowerContinue reading “U22E6 Bowing My Head to the Hades Episode”

U22 Podcast, Lotus Eaters: Welcome, Global Reader!

If you are an international reader of Ulysses, that is, anyone not born in Dublin, there is something in the U22 podcast on Lotus Eaters, especially for your musings. http://U22pod.com I tweak the noses of my friends in Ireland by telling them there are only a few genuinely Irish surviving, and these are all in theContinue reading “U22 Podcast, Lotus Eaters: Welcome, Global Reader!”

(D) about “A Mother,” August 27, Joyce’s Antient Concert Rooms Performance

In her essay “Stifled Back Answers,” Margot Norris cites from “The Dead” to mark the role of women in Dubliners, whether courting or married. Her examples include “…the men that is now is all palaver and what they can get out of you”; and “That’s a nice husband for you, Mrs. Malins.”) (480). The status ofContinue reading “(D) about “A Mother,” August 27, Joyce’s Antient Concert Rooms Performance”

James Joyce across the Globe

One of the two reasons for the existence of this site is to promote an international community of Joycean readers. During July and August 2021, readers from the following countries used the materials here with the following distributions: Mo             JUL.        AUG US        Continue reading “James Joyce across the Globe”

(D) about “Two Gallants,” August, Month of the Donnybrook Fair

Under the lens of Florence Walsl, “Two Gallants” focused on three levels of “betrayal social, political, and religious.” In this essay, you will find a synthesis of what other notables have said organized under Walsl’s analysis. The betrayals act out in personal relationships, institutional contracts, and spiritual compacts. Joyce draws crosshatched shadows of betrayal onContinue reading “(D) about “Two Gallants,” August, Month of the Donnybrook Fair”

(D) about “The Sisters” July 1, The Feast of Christ’s Holy Blood

Florence Welzel diagnosed Father Flynn’s symptoms as Parkinson’s disease and not the result of stroke (J&McG 4). Years later, she returned with medical reinforcement in the person of Dr. Weisbren to claim the priest was suffering from syphilis, but something was still missing from the analysis. A gnomon left the explanation incomplete. Restoring the gnomonContinue reading “(D) about “The Sisters” July 1, The Feast of Christ’s Holy Blood”

Mary Lawton on the Interrelationship of Jame Joyce’s Ulysses and Phineas Fletcher’s Purple Island or The Isle of Man

The third frame of the FestivalBloomsdayMontréal triptych was Mary Lawton’s discussion of the connection between Fletcher’s 17th Century “The Purple Island” and Joyce’s use of body structures and organs in the anatomy of Ulysses. At the outset, I believed the comparison to be a false one. Fletcher’s construction is an allegory, more like a medieval moralityContinue reading “Mary Lawton on the Interrelationship of Jame Joyce’s Ulysses and Phineas Fletcher’s Purple Island or The Isle of Man”