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Read Circe

Bloom and Stephen, accompanied by Lynch, have made their way to Nighttown, the red-light district of Dublin. The hour is late – approximately midnight – and the whores are plying their trade in full voice. Bloom buys a sheep’s trotter and a crubeen (pig’s foot) from a butcher’s shop and is nearly run over by a tram in the street. The bulk of the chapter is taken up with Bloom’s visions, in which he is repeatedly and alternatingly put on trial for obscene thoughts and deeds, and celebrated as a hero – perhaps even the messiah himself. Bloom’s deepest desires and kinks are explored here, Read more

Sam Slote’s “Between Commentary and Eternity”

Philip Keel Geheber to Moderate Twelfth YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, March 1 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST, Philip Keel Geheber will moderate the MVP’s twelfth YoU Twitter chat, focussing specifically on “Oxen of the Sun.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Philip Keel Geheber teaches at Trinity College Dublin, where he recently completed his PhD dissertation, “The Nineteenth-Century French Novel and Joycean Realism.” Some of his work on Joyce has appeared in Joyce Studies in Italy and James Joyce Online Notes. In April he’s off to the Zurich James Joyce Foundation on a two-month research scholarship.

email: twitter: @PhilipKeelGeheb

Read Oxen of the Sun

In the Maternity Hospital, Bloom runs into Dixon, the doctor who had treated him for bee sting a couple of weeks previously. Dixon invites Bloom to join him and some other medical students at a party within. There, Bloom again encounters Stephen, who leads a winding discussion about fertility, contraception, abortion, the rights of the mother versus those of the child, and the Church’s position on all of them. Bloom drinks but little, while the others get very drunk. All the while, Mina Purefoy labours in a room above, her cries and occasional admonishments from the nurses disrupting the party and dampening down its boisterousness. Mulligan appears again, with Haines the Englishman in tow; he will lose Stephen at the tram station en route to Nighttown later in the night, and not appear again. At last Dixon is called for: the baby boy is born, and the partying crowd rush out into the streets on their way to Burke’s pub for last call. “Oxen of the Sun” is divided into nine sections, each corresponding roughly to a month in the gestation of the human embryo. Stylistically, it is even more various, beginning with pre-English Latinate sentences, and proceeding through Anglo-Saxon alliterative lines, a range of medieval, early modern, reformation, eighteenth-century, gothic, sentimental, and realist styles before culminating in the apparent collapse of style altogether into nonsense with the arrival of the twentieth century.

Read “Oxen of the Sun” now.

Amanda Sigler’s “Sexy Modernism: An Invitation”

Matthew Hayward to Moderate Eleventh YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, February 8 at 4 pm EST / 1 pm PST, Matthew Hayward will moderate the MVP’s eleventh YoU Twitter chat, focussing specifically on “Nausicaa.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Matthew Hayward is Lecturer in Literature at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He completed his PhD at the University of Durham with the thesis “Advertising and Dublin’s Consumer Culture in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” and is currently working on a study of Joyce’s so-called “Notes on Business and Commerce.”

email: twitter: @HaywardNausicaa