“The Cyclops”

by Anna Moser and William Stone Breaking Point: A New Bloom The termination of Joyce’s Bloom-oriented episodes is signaled in Episode 8 by a final, impulsive recitation from the end of “Molly’s” opera, Don Giovanni: “Thou hast me invited / To come to supper tonight” (8.1053-54). (Through deliberate repetition and alteration in Episodes 4-8, phrases… Continue Reading “The Cyclops”

“The Sirens”

by Elizabeth Legris Homeric Parallels The eleventh episode of James Joyce‘s Ulysses, “The Sirens,” finds its Homerian equivalent in the twelfth book of the Odyssey, as Odysseus is leaving Kirkê’s island. Kirkê takes it upon herself to inform Odysseus of the many sea perils that he will encounter on his way home, specifically warning him… Continue Reading “The Sirens”

“The Wandering Rocks”

by Julia Galeota “The Wandering Rocks,” the tenth episode of James Joyce‘s Ulysses relates the activities of citizens in the streets of Dublin between three and four o’clock. Composed exclusively of nineteen short vignettes that feature collectively nearly all of the characters of Ulysses, this tenth of Joyce’s eighteen episodes “is both an entr’acte between… Continue Reading “The Wandering Rocks”

“Scylla and Charybdis”

By Lisa Sun Introduction In “Telemachus,” the first episode of James Joyce‘s Ulysses, Haines inquires of Stephen as they leave the Martello Tower, “What is your idea of Hamlet?” to which Buck Mulligan interjects, “No, no… Wait till I have a few pints in me first.” Mulligan later summarizes Stephen’s argument, stating, “It’s quite simple.… Continue Reading “Scylla and Charybdis”


by Alexandra Romanoff Episode 8 of James Joyce‘s Ulysses follows the windy, talk-heavy Aeolus episode with a lunchtime meditation on the physical, notably food and sex. It parallels the encounter with the Laestrygonians in The Odyssey, in which Odysseus and his crew meet a community of cannibals who decimate their numbers. The episode plays throughout… Continue Reading “Lestrygonians”


By Jessica Svendsen “Hades,” the sixth episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses, marks Bloomsday as the day of a funeral. This episode follows Bloom at 11:00 in the morning as he travels with the funeral procession from Paddy Dignam’s home in Sandymount to Glasnevin cemetery. According to the Gilbert schema, Joyce described the narrative technique of… Continue Reading “Hades”


By Kira Hillman and Olena Tsykynovska Introduction “Calypso”, the fourth episode of Ulysses and the first episode in Part II, serves chiefly to introduce readers to Leopold Bloom. It breaks stylistically from the previous episode, the dense and meandering “Proteus.” According to the Gilbert schema, Calypso’s “art” is economics, and its “technique” is narrative (mature).… Continue Reading “Calypso”


By Annie Atura and Lee Dionne “Proteus” is the third episode of James Joyce‘s modernist epic, Ulysses. Overarching Themes “Proteus” is the first fully stream-of-consciousness episode of Ulysses, and, while the style itself is perhaps not particularly experimental in relation to the rest of the novel, it nevertheless features some of Joyce’s densest writing, largely… Continue Reading “Proteus”


By Amy Fish Introduction In “Nestor,” the second episode of James Joyce‘s Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus, the perpetual student of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, is back at school—but this time as a teacher. The episode continues the exploration (begun in Portrait) of Stephen’s possible places in archetypal relationships of teacher and pupil,… Continue Reading “Nestor”