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James Joyce's Ulysses: A Fresh Look

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James Joyce's Ulysses: A Fresh Look

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0064
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Ulysses is famously one of the most difficult novels ever written in English. But if we remember that James Joyce thought of the book as a comic novel, we begin to get a sense of how entertaining and rewarding it can be to read this in-depth description of one day in the life of a few inhabitants of one small city at the edge of Europe. The novel follows Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, two fascinating characters, as they wander from beach to cemetery to church to brothel, and ends with the extraordinary stream-of-consciousness narrative of Molly Bloom as she thinks back over her day, her life, and her loves.

Cóilín Parsons, a professor of Irish literature and modernism at Georgetown University, leads a journey through highlights of this modern classic, concentrating on the stylistic fireworks of some of the most innovative chapters. He also offers an overview of the historical and political backdrop of the novel and covers some of the controversies around its publication history and reception.

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