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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

Update on Anne Fogarty’s Lecture

Due to a technological setback, the MVP is unable to post Dr. Anne Fogarty’s lecture at this time.

We hope to have Dr. Fogarty’s lecture up within the next couple of weeks. Please check back here for updates.

James Clawson to Moderate Ninth YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, December 7th at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST, James Clawson will moderate the MVP’s ninth YoU Twitter chat, focusing specifically on “Sirens.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

James Clawson is an Assistant Professor of English at Grambling State University in Louisiana. His PhD focused on transition and liminality in the works of Lawrence Durrell. Since then, he has presented and published on the interaction of politics and philosophy with twentieth century literature. His current research interests include Alasdair Gray’s Lanark and James Joyce’s Ulysess.

email: | twitter: @jmclawson

Read Sirens

In the bar of the Ormond Hotel the two “sirens,” Miss Mina Kennedy and Miss Lydia Douce, barmaids, ply their trade on the afternoon crowd. Simon Dedalus, Lenehan, Ben Dollard, George Lidwell, Brian Kernan, and Father Cowley all enter at intervals. Lenehan is there to meet Blazes Boylan (who will as a result be late for his appointment with Molly). Bloom meets Richie Goulding and they enter to have a meal together. Simon and Ben take turns singing at the newly-tuned piano as Father Cowley plays sentimental Irish tunes. Bloom decides to write back to Martha on the stationery he bought en route to the hotel, diverting Richie’s attention by claiming to be answering an ad. Boylan enters, has a drink with Lenehan, and then leaves with him. Bloom leaves soon after, while the singing continues. He stops outside and farts loudly as a tramcar passes, reading the while Robert Emmet’s last words from a portrait in an antique shop window.

Stylistically, “Sirens” abruptly pulls the rug out from under our feet as it takes the aspiration of literature to the condition of music to a further extreme than had yet been done. The chapter begins with a symphonic overture that introduces many of the leitmotifs and phrases that will be developed further in the remainder. The rest of the chapter employs techniques of musical composition, and relies heavily upon onomatopoeia for its aural effects.

Read “Sirens” now.