"Ulysses is often lauded as certainly one of western culture's most vital books. This choice of essays re-asserts the price and energy of Joyce's huge textual content, now not since it is hard yet since it speaks so powerfully to major present-day matters: anti-Semitism, movie, melodrama, type, images, silenced ladies, advertisements, and more."--Jennifer Fraser, writer of Rite of Passage within the Narratives of Dante and Joyce
June sixteen, 2004, was once the only hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, the day that James Joyce's novel Ulysses takes position. To have a good time the social gathering, millions took to the streets in Dublin, following within the footsteps of protagonist Leopold Bloom. the development additionally used to be marked by means of the Bloomsday a hundred Symposium, the place world-renowned students mentioned Joyce's seminal paintings. This quantity includes the easiest, so much provocative readings of Ulysses presented on the conference.
The members to this quantity urge a detailed engagement with the unconventional. they give readings that spotlight variously at the materialist, old, and political dimensions of Ulysses. The range of issues coated comprise nineteenth-century psychology, army historical past, Catholic theology, the impression of early movie and tune corridor songs on Joyce, the post-Ulysses evolution of the one-day novel, and the problem of discussing this type of complicated paintings among the ocean of extant criticism.