The James Joyce Reading Circle

7 thoughts on “The James Joyce Reading Circle

  1. Although episode six takes place in the lead up to and aftermath of a funeral, I find it to be the most humerous so far. The four men in the carriage on their way to Paddy Dignam’s burial gossip like old ladies at a sewing circle and give truth to the saying that when three Irishmen talk together no one wants to be the first leave because the other two will surely be talking about him.
    In Poldy’s inner dialogue he cracks “come forth Lazarus! He came fifth a lost the job.’


  2. This morning reading the “Scylla and Charybdis” episode.”Wait. Five months. Molecules all change. I am other I now. Other I got pound.” Entering Month Five of the global plague, will I become Unmade? Overmade? Doublebaked and Crumbled? Certainly Glazed at least. ~Don


  3. Is there such a thing as an allusion to a text that has not yet been written? When Stephen says the phrase “Gone with the wind, he mentions in the very next sentence “Tara” which is the setting of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 book ‘Gone With The Wind’.


    1. Nothing new under the sun? Maybe not. Mitchell’s title is taken from a 19th century poem by Dowson also about the demise of the Southern culture. I would have bet it was a biblical reference like “Inherit the Wind.” I suppose an Irish novel would have a better claim to the reference to Tara. Your point is well taken, however, and exactly what James Ramey said as discussed in the Episode 1 “What They Are Saying.” Joyce is the champion at collecting and connecting allusions.


  4. The JJRC will withhold posting temporarily in observance of a raucus Bloomsday 2020. Writing about “Giacomo Joyce” will resume on or about June 18. Meanwhile, sing like Molly. Dance like Maginni. Blossom like Bloom. Then, if necessary, sue someone like Denis Breen. Slåinte! ~Don


  5. Montréal Bloomsday underway. Opening ceremony wonderfully informative connecting the 1918 pandemic referred to in the “Hades” episode to our current plight. Thank you Michael Kenneally, Chair of Concoirdia’s School of Irish Studies.


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