INTRO Ulysses is a novel written by Irish writer James Joyce. Born in 1882 to a catholic family, his childhood coincided with the fall of the family fortune from a well-to-do household to poverty. Joyce left Dublin in 1903, lived in Paris, Trieste and Zurich, where he died in 1941 of undiagnosed peritonitis. He married to a chambermaid named Nora Barnacle, a young Galway girl, and remained with her for the rest of his life. Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a young man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake are among the works composed by Joyce. Ulysses tells the sadly comic story of Leopold Bloom and is recreated in a single day: Dublin, 16 June, 1904. Ulysses is a masterpiece of the English language and a novel where consciousness and subconsciousness are pushed to the limit upon literary allusions and free description associations
THE BACKGROUND The novel is divided into III Parts developed in 18 Chapters, following Homer´s scheme for Odyssey with Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom and Stephen Dedalus as the main characters of the book. Ulysses is approximately 300.000 words of length and has a lexicus inventory of more than 30.000 different new word forms based on Neologisms, Borrowing(from foreign languages), Innovations, Abbreviations, Compounds, Acronyms, Inflections, Derivations and Agglutinations. Joyce depicts Bloom´s experiences during a single day: 16, June,1904 and his passage through the streets of Dublin based on a run-on process of thinking materialised in a mixed stream of the conscious and unconscious aspects of life: Awakenings, Despair, Fantasy, Fate, Fear, Hatred, Love, Oblivion, Temptation and Death.
THE STRUCTURE Part I : The Telemachiad w/ 3 Episodes about Religion, History, Philosophy Part II : Odyssey w/12 Episodes about Love, Adultery, Music, Literature, Mythology, Language, Passion Part III : The Nostos w/ 3 Episodes about Senses, Astronomy, Infidelity
LANDMARK PLACES St. Stephen´s Green Park The Horseshoe Bar The Martello Tower Dalkey Bay Grafton Street Sandycove Forty Foot Pool The Dart Train The Finn´s Hotel The Belvedere School Davy Byrne´s Pub Glasnevin Cemetery
QUOTATIONS As you are now so once were we Success is the death of the imagination To learn one must be humble A man of genius makes no mistakes, his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery Shut your eyes and see I am tomorrow what I establish today Every life is always meeting ourselves We are living in a skeptical age: lacking qualities of humanity, of hospitality and of kindly humour They lived and laughed and loved and left
LEGACY THE BLOOMSDAY : 16th JUNE, every year JULIO CORTAZAR,s : Hopscotch JORGE LUIS BORGES: The Garden of Forking Paths SAMUEL BECKETT: First Love HERMANN HESSE: Knulp UMBERTO ECO: Misreadings ANTHONY BURGESS: A Clockwork Orange PHILIP ROTH: Sabbath´s Theatre SALMAN RUSHDIE: The Ground Beneath her Feet ARTHUR MILLER: A Ride Down Mt. Morgan JAVIER MARIAS: Kingdom of Redonda