Bloomsday 100 : essays on Ulysses by Morris Beja, Anne Fogarty

By Morris Beja, Anne Fogarty

June sixteen, 2004, was once the only hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, the day that James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" happens. To have a good time the party, millions took to the streets in Dublin, following within the footsteps of protagonist Leopold Bloom. the development additionally used to be marked by means of the Bloomsday a hundred Symposium, the place world-renowned students mentioned Joyce's seminal paintings. This quantity comprises the easiest, so much provocative readings of "Ulysses" provided on the convention. The individuals to this quantity urge an in depth engagement with the radical. they give readings that attention variously at the materialist, ancient, and political dimensions of Ulysses. the variety of subject matters coated contain nineteenth-century psychology, army background, Catholic theology, the impression of early movie and track corridor songs on Joyce, the post-Ulysses evolution of the one-day novel, and the problem of discussing this type of complicated paintings among the ocean of extant feedback

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Trans. Robert Hullot-Kentor. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997. Translation of Ästhetische Theorie. Gesammelte Schriften 7. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1970. ———. Notes to Literature. 2 vols. Ed. Rolf Tiedemann. Trans. Shierry Weber Nicholson. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Austen, Jane. Emma. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Benjamin, Walter. Das Passagen-Werk. Gesammelte Schriften 5. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1982. Blanchot, Maurice. L’entretien infini.

Were I as musically inclined as most of Joyce’s Dubliners, I might then be able, like Leopold Bloom at the end of “Calypso,” to detect the musical “third,” that is (in the words of the OED), “a note three diatonic degrees above or below a given note . . also . . ” of St. George’s bells. 544) announced that the tolling was about to start. That is why, I suggest, the language just before their ringing becomes so ding-dongian: “The bells of George’s church. 544–45). This, again, is before the bells toll.

What Joyce does on a formal level with the textual fragment is reproduced on the thematic level by his preoccupation with debris, such as the archipelago of corks. As for corks, we have seen them before in Joyce. For want of a corkscrew during the haphazard gathering of political canvassers in “Ivy Day in the Committee Room,” three bottles of stout are put on the hob. Animated by the heat, the corks fly, respectively, with apologetic, tardy, and unheard poks out of their bottles (Dubliners 128–32).

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