By Morris Beja, Anne Fogarty
June sixteen, 2004, used to be the only hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, the day that James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" happens. To have fun 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 includes the easiest, so much provocative readings of "Ulysses" provided on the convention. The participants to this quantity urge an in depth engagement with the unconventional. they give readings that spotlight variously at the materialist, historic, and political dimensions of Ulysses. the variety of issues coated comprise 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 advanced paintings among the ocean of extant feedback.
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In such adverting, nameform-framing states, he is in the company of the Stephen Dedalus of Portrait whose reception of the sound of the director’s swishing soutane in chapter 4 (P 154) is heightened and conditioned and determined by the impression made by that sound, courtesy of Father Dolan, in chapter 1 (P 50); in the company, too, of the Gabriel Conroy who, because he has just been told a romantic story of gravel being thrown against a windowpane, hears or fancies he can hear the sound of snow tapping on a windowpane (D 221, 223).
In this way Blanchot defends the fragmentary nature of Char’s poetic text as the authentic refusal of a false unity, whether belonging to the text itself or to the world it signifies: Char writes “non pas pour en venir à la totalité où le pour et le contre se réconcilient ou se fondent: pour nous rendre responsables de l’irréductible différence” (not in order to achieve a totality in which the for and the against are reconciled or merged, but to make us answerable to irreducible difference) (454).
The word archipelago, which occurs here for the first of four times in Joyce, is not chosen innocently, for it has a bearing on both the origin and the fragmented form of Joyce’s text, while it also has a history ridden with debris. On a purely thematic level, the archipelago of bobbing corks serves as a parodic image of the “wandering rocks” that lend 22 David Spurr their name to this episode. In book 12 of the Odyssey, Circe warns Odysseus against passing by the planktas, the wandering or clashing rocks, as the sea around them is littered with the debris of shipwreck: “the planks of ships and bodies of men are whirled confusedly by the waves” (1: 437).
Bloomsday 100: Essays on Ulysses by Morris Beja, Anne Fogarty