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ENGB30

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Department
English
Course
ENGB30
Professor
Laura Jane Wey
Semester
Fall

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Lec23_Nov.28 Joyce: Ulysses James Joyce (1882-1941)  Irish novelist and poet  Important icon of Modernism  Born and raised Catholic, but left church at 16  Left Dublin in his 20’s for Continental Europe, form where he proceeds to write stories set in Dublin Ulysses (1922)  First serialize in The Little Review between 1918 and 1920  Banned in the US till 1933 for obscenity  Entire book takes place within one day – Bloomsday- June 16, 1904  Joyce claims that if the city of Dublin were to burn down it could be reconstructed exactly the way it was in 1904 through the detailed descriptions in his book. Ex: 68 - he’s suppose to be at a funeral at 11 - what you think about is what you notice and what you notice is how you think about that thing Action in Ulysses  Calypso: Bloom starts breakfast; walks to buther’s; buys kidney; walks home and picks up mail; serves Molly breakfast; eats; reads Milly’s letter; defecates  The Lotus Eaters: Bloom walks through the streets; picks up letter from post office; runs into M’coy; reads letter; sits in on church service; visits chemist; goes to bathhouse and takes bath  Hades: Bloom acquaintances ride carriage to cemetery; funeral service; walk through cemetery; burial; walk back through cemetery  Penelope: Molly (Bloom’s wife) lies in bed Comparison to The Odyssey  Realistic depiction of experience o Trivial, banal everyday life  Deciding on breakfast (54)
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