Reader's Guide: Nestor 004

[cf. Gabler 20: 11-17; 1922 24:11-17] Cochrane has forgotten the location of the seminal Pyrrhic victory: Aesculum. For fun: here’s a computer game simulation of the battle: He manages to remember the general’s words, or at least one variant of them. This causes Stephen to ruminate further on history: the accomplishments of a legendary general reduced […]

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Reader's Guide: Nestor 003

  [cf. Gabler 20: 1-5; 1922 24:1-5]   The “Nestor” chapter is undergirded by ideas of history and memory, allusions to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce’s novel published prior to Ulysses;and evocations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, whose titular character provides constant comparison and self-identification for Stephen.  If there is one idea […]

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Telemachus 0068

[singlepic id=425 w=320 h=240 float=left] Would you have guessed that the episode would end with a talking seal? Professor Gifford is kind enough to remind us that in the Odyssey, seals are connected to the sea-god Proteus–they’re his informants. And Proteus is the title of an upcoming episode–not the next one, but the one after. […]

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Telemachus 0067

[singlepic id=437 w=320 h=240 float=left] And so Stephen walks away from Mulligan and Haines, ostensibly going off to work, but also having determined that he cannot come back.  He is no longer comfortable there, and really no longer welcome. As he walks away the prayer for the dying comes back to him (“Liliata rutilantium…”),  the […]

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