Frank Delaney's Re: Joyce
Re: Joyce! On the international literary feast day of Bloomsday 2010, we launched a podcast to commemorate James Joyce's mighty novel, "Ulysses", the action of which took place in 18 hours of June 16, 1904. Every week you'll find a five-minute mini-essay from me designed to take you through the novel that's on every list of the greatest books ever written. And as Ulysses runs to some 375,000 words, and I mean to go through it sentence by sentence if I have to, in order to convey the full brilliance of this novel - and the enjoyment to be had from it - I'll be podcasting for some time to come! It's such an absorbing book, it's got diamond mines of references, it's so compassionate, so tender, so moving, so funny - and most of us never know that, because most of us have long been daunted by it. No need to be afraid any more - that is, if you make a habit of listening to these podcasts.

A key is found, a door opened, breakfast is served, and various profanities are narrowly avoided, for once.

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We sit down to a fortified breakfast, and meet Haines and his dream. Also: more blasphemy.

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Stephen sees ceremony and symbolism in a shaving bowl.

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Stephen is called to breakfast by Buck, and hit up for a loan at the same time. All is not forgiven.

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We translate Stephen's prayers for the dying from the Latin, and return immediately to both Homer and Shakespeare.

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In his second bonus podcast, Frank discusses Joyce's formation on the Island of Saints and Scholars.

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Stephen's mother is placed in the structure of the cosmos.

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Stephen, still brooding, summons memories of his mother's life, and we learn something of pantomime.

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Stephen remembers, poetically and tragically, his mother's deathbed.

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As Stephen stands alone on the tower, we muse upon the painterly language of the seascape.

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Mulligan, descending the stairs, trivializes his own insults - and musters considerable literary resources to do so.

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Stephen absorbs Mulligan's insults and, standing upon the tower by the sea, once again recalls his Shakespearean precedent.

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Mulligan boldly defends himself against Stephen's charge, and dissects death  - and Stephen himself - in the process.

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We touch on one of the most important themes of Ulysses, and perhaps in all of writing.

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A few thoughts on the Celtic spirit, and on what, exactly, can be seen from Martello tower.

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We dig through some more insults, and ponder the names of characters who don't, in fact, appear in the novel.

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A single word produces lessons on the Greek language, politics, and cultural criticism.

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Stepping away from the narrative for a moment, Frank gives us a look at Joyce's education, his family, and his conflicted relationship with the Catholic church.

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Stephen and Mulligan fence - or, alternately, joust.

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The looking glass evokes both Shakespeare's Caliban and Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray

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As the insults mount, Stephen faces his own reflection.

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 We find meaning - and a Shakespearean precedent - in Stephen's black clothing.

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Getting past Mulligan's accusations of mummery, we enter Stephen's thoughts and encounter his dead mother.

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Frank describes the real life figure behind the character Haines.
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In this next installment we hear from Stephen Dedalus.‚Äč
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Jame's Joyce's blasphemy still has power today.  Listen to Frank Delaney investigate the next section of Ulysses.

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Episode Three in which we learn more about Stephen Dedalus including the origins of his name.
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