Diving deep into Joyce at the Martello Tower

The Martello Tower at Sandycove, setting for Chapter 1 of Ulysses.

Nature of Event: Ulysses – The First Two Chapters: A Deep Dive.

Bloomsday in Melbourne continues its popular series of masterclasses (conducted by experienced Joyceans, Steve Carey and Frances Devlin-Glass) on Joyce’s Ulysses on  7 September 10am-5pm with a deep dive into the Forty Foot. Normally Bloomsday folk recommend starting the novel elsewhere, but on this occasion caution is thrown to the winds. It’s an energising plunge into the first two chapters, Telemachus and Nestor, the very ones that daunt some readers. The plan is to unpack the tortured and tortuous mind of Stephen Dedalus, and his troubled relationships with his family, Buck Mulligan and Haines, the ‘Oxy’ chap, and more generally his family, church, and nation. The class will also demonstrate how systematically Joyce sets up some of the major themes and preoccupations of the novel, and contrives to introduce readers gradually to its increasingly complex ways of doing inner speech.

When? 7 September 2019, 10am-5pm

Where? 420-424 William Street, West Melbourne (right above the Dudley/Peel roundabout).

Cost?  $90; concessional rate available for students and pensioners.

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