“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”


By Samantha Terkeltaub Episode 1 of James Joyce‘s Ulysses centers around the interactions between Stephen, his housemate Buck Mulligan, and Buck’s guest Haines. The episode highlights the ways that Buck, who is in many ways Stephen’s foil and opponent, has encroached upon Stephen, both physically and mentally, and how he has come to take over… Continue Reading “Telemachus”


by Pericles Lewis “It is a book to which we are all indebted and from which none of us can escape,” wrote T. S. Eliot of James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922).[1] Joyce’s novel describes a day in the life of an advertising canvasser in pre-war Dublin, drawing implicit parallels between his adventures and those described in… Continue Reading Ulysses

James Joyce

Biography by Anthony Domestico and Pericles Lewis James Joyce (1882-1941) is a colossus of modernist fiction.  He has been derided as obscene and immature and lauded as an erudite humanist; some have deemed his prose impenetrable, too concerned with artifice and verbal gamesmanship, while others have described his writing as life-affirming and always attuned to… Continue Reading James Joyce