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Laura Hensch to Moderate Seventh YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, October 26th at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT, Laura Hensch will moderate the MVP’s seventh YoU Twitter chat, focusing specifically on “Scylla & Charybdis.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Laura Hensch received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, where she wrote her junior and senior papers on Finnegans Wake. In May 2012, she completed her Master’s degree at the University of Tulsa with a final annotated bibliography project on minor Joyce biographies, Joyce’s Jesuit curriculum, and Joyce’s pre-Trieste personal reading. At the 2011 International James Joyce Symposium, Laura presented “Tesseracts and Proteiform Polyhedrons: James Joyce’s Multi-dimensional Symmetry.”

email: laurahensch@gmail.com | twitter: @plurabelle

“Dirty Eaters”: Bloom’s Eco-Critical Cycles in Lestrygonians

The MVP is happy to present the next installment of the YoU Lecture Series: James M. Clawson on “‘Dirty Eaters’: Bloom’s Eco-Critical Cycles in Lestrygonians.”

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Read Scylla and Charybdis

“Scylla and Charybdis” again builds on a basis of interior monologue, stream of consciousness and quasi-realism, but injects a lengthy form of disputation with rapid-fire and unattributed dialogue that disorients the reader. The chapter is set in the Irish National Library, where Stephen Dedalus, A. E. , John Eglinton, and Lyster are in deep disputation about Shakespeare. Stephen propounds his famous theory that Shakespeare is both Hamlet and Hamlet’s father in the play, Hamlet. He argues as well that Ann Hathaway seduced Shakespeare, and that Shakespeare worked many elements of his intimate personal life into his plays. Mulligan arrives brandishing the telegram in which Stephen has broken off their friendship. He joins in the raillery. Bloom arrives at the library, but does not enter the conversation; he is remarked by Mulligan, who then prevails upon Stephen to leave with him. They pause on the steps to the Library, where Bloom passes between them on his own way out, eliciting comment from Bloom and re-staging the scene in A Portrait of the Artist as Young Man where Stephen determines to leave Ireland to become an artist. First timers: don’t even try to follow the ins and outs of Stephen’s theory; the point is his pedantic tone and insincere argument — even he doesn’t believe the theory in the end!

Read Scylla and Charybdis now. 

Kochis and “Lestrygonians”

In preparation for the upcoming Twitter chat on “Lestrygonians,” moderator Matthew J. Kochis (@mjkochis) has kindly provided a few discussion questions in advance.
  • In this episode, we see a return to a specific style dominant in the first 6 episodes. Why have this following a more experimental episode, like “Aeolus”?
  • “Hades,” “Aeolus,” and “Lestrygonians” all seem to reflect a drifting in and out of Bloom’s consciousness. What is the purpose of this? 
  • In this episode, prison and soup kitchens are ways where the institution is revealed as both unstable and unwanted. Welfare is undesired whereas poverty and hunger is preferable to accepting charity. This begs the question,what are the expectations of the citizens toward the state?
Be sure to join in this Friday, October 5 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT, and don’t forget the #yearofulysses hashtag!

Matthew J. Kochis to Moderate Sixth YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, October 5th at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT, Matthew Kochis will moderate the MVP’s sixth YoU Twitter chat, focusing specifically on “Lestrygonians.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Matthew Kochis is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Tulsa. His dissertation project, “Genre, Sexuality, and Censorship in the Modernist Bildungsroman,” traces the ways in which variant sexualities inflect and transform the Bildungsroman genre in selected British and Irish modernist novels. He has worked as an editorial assistant at the James Joyce Quarterly journal, digitized periodical editions of Ulysses in his capacity as Project Manger of the Modernist Journals Project, and is currently digitizing the first edition ofUlysses for the Modernist Versions Project.

email: matthew-kochis@utulsa.edu | twitter: @MJKochis