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Read Lestrygonians

“Lestrygonians,” the eighth episode of Ulysses, takes place at noon as Bloom searches for somewhere to have lunch. He buys Banbury cakes to feed to the seagulls, casting his bread upon the waters in unconscious imitation of Jesus and demonstrating his characteristic empathy for others, particularly animals. His first stop, at Burton’s restaurant, leads to his disgust with the men chomping, slurping, and gnashing their way through their food like so many pigs at the trough. Of equal pertinence, though, is Bloom’s equation of hunger for food with hunger for sex, and his disgust at those who pursue sex for its own sake rather than for the deeper emotional connection it can provide. At last, Bloom arrives at Davie Byrne’s pub where he has a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of burgundy wine in yet another parody of the eucharist. First-timers: see if you can spot where Bloom’s anxiety spikes because he imagines Blazes Boylan lurking unseen. And have lunch before you read this one.

Read “Lestrygonians” now.

Talk: Matt Huculak on Textual Performance in Ulysses

The MVP is proud to announce that—at the University of Victoria (UVic) on October 4th—one of its co-directors, Matthew Huculak, is giving a talk titled, “‘Textual Performance’ in Ulysses: Versioning Print Processes.” The talk is sponsored by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at UVic. Thanks to Aaron Mauro for organizing it. Here’s the event poster, and details are after the jump.

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The 4th installment of the YoU Lecture Series features Tom Grieve from Simon Fraser University. The lecture itself will appear in full in October. Until then, this short blog post by MVP Board member James Gifford (FDU) gives an entry to the text and responds to the topics broached in the very active chat accompanying it.

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Liam Lanigan to Moderate Fifth YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, September 14th at 12 pm EDT / 9 am PDT, Liam Lanigan will moderate the MVP’s fifth YoU Twitter chat, focusing specifically on “Aeolus.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Lanigan teaches at University College Dublin, where he recently completed a PhD entitled “‘An Engineer at Work?’ Reading James Joyce in the Context of Urban Planning”. His works have been published in Making Space in the Works of James Joyce (eds. Valerie Benejam and John Bishop, Routledge, 2011), Joyce Studies in Italy, and the Dublin James Joyce Journal.

email: | twitter: @LaniganAeolus

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Modernist Versions Project seeks expressions of interest from exceptional candidates who would like to apply for a Banting postdoctoral fellowship.

The Banting fellowship, which emphasizes fit between the candidate and the host institution, is highly competitive. The successful applicant will have to be an emerging leader in her or his field.

We especially seek individuals with strong backgrounds in digital humanities and literary modernism, with experience in one or more of the following: physical computing, 3D modelling and printing, data visualization, linked data, electronic scholarly editions, and collating and versioning electronic texts.

Statements of interest of no more than one page, outlining the potential applicant’s background, training, and research interests, must be received by 13 September 2012. Please send all statements as .pdf files, with your last name in the filename, to

Read Aeolus

Set in the newspaper offices of the Weekly Freeman’s Journal and National Press, this chapter finds Bloom attempting to close a deal to run an advertisement for Alexander Keyes. Bloom rushes to and fro to get all parties to agree, leaving the offices for most of the chapter, phoning near its end, and reappearing only to be given the brush-off by the editor, Myles Crawford. The remainder of the chapter deals with the windy conversation of Crawford’s friends and co-workers. Bloom and Stephen cross paths briefly in the newspaper offices, but do not exchange any words. First timers: see if you can spot where Joyce blurs the line between news and advertising—and asks us if there really is much of a difference after all.

Read “Aeolus” now.