Ulysses for Everyone: A Guided Introductory Course on James Joyce’s Masterpiece

jamesjoyceNature of Event: An Intensive Course on James Joyce’s Ulysses for Beginners.

If you’ve attempted to read Ulysses and not got more than a few pages or chapters, you belong to a large club.  However daunting the novel appears to be, it can be read with intense pleasure, once a few of the hurdles are surmounted. Bloomsday in Melbourne offers a 6-hour Introduction to Ulysses which casts light on the architecture of Joyce’s baggy monster, its astonishingly detailed main characters and its deep humane comedy and radical ideas.  If there is a call for it, further courses at a more advanced level may be run. This course is a mix of lectures and participation.

Bloomsday in Melbourne is committed to surmounting the obstacles Joyce perversely puts in the way of reading Ulysses and runs Intensive and more leisurely courses to achieve that. Two experienced teachers and scholars of Joyce, Frances Devlin-Glass and Steve Carey, will conduct an intensive introductory course for novice readers of the novel.  For more information and a curriculum, see the Bloomsday in Melbourne Courses, and participants are invited to contact the presenter for suggestions about preparing for the course.

FYI: Bloomsday in 2018 will focus on Ulysses and Joyce’s (subversive) take on the literary tradition in its highly original adaptation of Joyce’s most literary chapter, James Joyce Takes it All Off  (at the premier indepent theatre in Melbourne, fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne), so this course is designed to prepare the ground for fuller enjoyment. But watch this space for other events that will enhance appreciation of Joyce’s sophisticated – and very deeply funny – masterpiece). All proceeds of the course support Bloomsday 2018 – actor, director, theatre costs.


When: 3 Feb. 2018 – 10.00am – 5.00 pm(with lots of breaks).

Where: Celtic Club Administration Centre, 420 William St, West Melbourne (Please note new venue, close to Peel St. and Dudley St. roundabout, and Victoria Market. It is, unhappily, not wheelchair accessible)

More Information: http://www.bloomsdayinmelbourne.org.au/course-beginners/

Cost: $80 or $50 concession for students and Commonwealth health card holders. All proceeds fund Bloomsday actors, director, theatre costs and personnel.

Bookings Essential:  Book online, or phone Steve on  0423 793 887‬.

Please note: this course is almost fully booked (8 seats remaining), and there is a plan to mount another soon, if demand warrants.