Read the Telemachiad
The “Telemachiad” comprises the first three chapters of Ulysses: “Telemachus,” “Nestor,” and “Proteus.” The chapters were named by Joyce to correspond roughly with episodes in the ancient Greek epic poem Odyssey, by Homer. The first three chapters of Ulysses are collectively called the “Telemachiad” because they focus on Stephen Dedalus who corresponds loosely with Odysseus’ son Telemachus in the Odyssey. First timers, be warned: the third chapter, “Proteus,” is difficult and tedious — feel free to laugh along with Joyce at Stephen Dedalus’s pretentiousness and self-seriousness! Just keep going and you’ll be rewarded with the rest of the book.
Associate Professor | English | CSPT | U. of Victoria