(U) Episode 1: “Telemachus” ~pp 1-24.

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses. Title: Telemachus Scene: The Tower Hour: 8 a.m. Organ: (none) Art: Theology Colour: White, gold Symbol: Heir Technic: Narrative (young) One Favorite Quote among Many “Horn of a bull, hoof of a horse, smile of a Saxon.”   Stephen’s dangers to the Irish. What’s Important? The attachedContinue reading “(U) Episode 1: “Telemachus” ~pp 1-24.”

(M) Joyce’s Modernism: Joyce, Einstein, and Picasso- Maverick Science, Defiant Art

Joyce wrote Finnegans Wake using sixty languages. Picasso had his great epiphany when he understood the straight edges of primitive art were Euclidean geometry with non-Euclidean possibilities. Both were pan-nationalists. Einstein lived his life across half of Europe, then halfway around the globe. These three untied nationalist and imperial borders, mathematical myths, and the shacklesContinue reading “(M) Joyce’s Modernism: Joyce, Einstein, and Picasso- Maverick Science, Defiant Art”

(M) Joyce’s Modernism: The Gnomon of Joyce’s Dubliners

The Jesuits taught Joyce that Euclid’s influence extended beyond angles, legs, and cosines. According to Wertmeimmer’s Gestalt, Euclidean geometry creates a search for consistency (Miller 248). Rene Descartes, also Jesuit educated, balked against Aristotelian logic and set geometry on a course toward the concrete application of simple principles. Descartes’ influence may have been the reasonContinue reading “(M) Joyce’s Modernism: The Gnomon of Joyce’s Dubliners”

(FW) Does Wilder’s “Skin of Our Teeth ” Plagiarize Finnegans Wake?

Last Sunday, I attended Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth at PlayMakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Adam Versényi, the company’s dramaturg and Dr. Sarah Stroud, Director of the Parr Center for Ethics facilitated a discussion that followed. Questions solicited, I asked Ethicist Stroud if she cared to comment on accusations of plagiarismContinue reading “(FW) Does Wilder’s “Skin of Our Teeth ” Plagiarize Finnegans Wake?”

(D) about “Grace”: A Comparison of the Workings of Grace in James Joyce and Flannery O’Connor

Mention in the diary of Stanislaus Joyce pins the attendance of John S. Joyce at a Gardiner Street retreat at Saint Francis on September 29, 1904. If a “gentleman” were to suffer a moral slip, he might tumble headfirst into the muck of Dublin’s Inferno. He might bite off a piece of his necessary tea-tasting tongueContinue reading “(D) about “Grace”: A Comparison of the Workings of Grace in James Joyce and Flannery O’Connor”

(M) James Joyce’s Modernism

The works of James Joyce will be the focus of these essays. In an unchronological order, the first review will be of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) proceeding rather than following Dubliners (1914). A Portrait presents first because it is the best vehicle to showcase the subjective narrator’s voice. Ulysses will conclude the series. The discussions will considerContinue reading “(M) James Joyce’s Modernism”

(M) Joyce’s Modernism: The Rise of Uncertainty in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

This essay is the first of three on the effects of scientific and mathematical discoveries on the evolution of Modernist Literature. The works of James Joyce will be the focus of these essays. In an unchronological order, the first review will be of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) proceeding rather than following Dubliners (1914). AContinue reading “(M) Joyce’s Modernism: The Rise of Uncertainty in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”

(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”

(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”

(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”