(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.”

(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”

(M) Joyce’s Modernism : Gravity, Magnetism, and Desire

One’s perception,…must be motivated by being drawn toward its objects by desire, and desire is always based on an imagined response. Sheldon Brivic on Lucan’s Philosophy in “Images of the Lacanian Gaze in Ulysses” Introduction Mr. Bloom “adduce(d) to prove that his tendency was towards applied, rather than towards pure, science(.)” The focus on applied scienceContinue reading “(M) Joyce’s Modernism : Gravity, Magnetism, and Desire”

(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.”

(WH) 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 “(WH) Where Has Your Copy of Ulysses Been?”