1 February 2023 — 7 June 2023
Due to the high demand for our Ulysses for All course last year, we are delighted to announce that it will run again in the spring! Join our global readership and guest speakers from the James Joyce Centre where Dr. Caroline Elbay will lead Ulysses 101: Past, Present, & Future.
-Hybrid Zoom/in-person session
-Start Date: February 1st
-End Date: June 7th
-Time: Every Wednesday, 6-8pm GMT
The course description is below:
This year’s course, Ulysses 101: Past, Present, & Future, will celebrate and consider the continued relevance of the novel in our times. Much has transpired since the first publication of Ulysses in 1922 when many of the book’s events, themes, and issues were exposed and explored with an uncanny prescience by the author within the pages of the text.
Written against the bloody backdrop of World War I, subsequent global conflicts including the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine once again prompt readers to question ‘What is a Nation?’ as posed in the Cyclops episode. The onset, response to, and repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic echo somewhat the Spanish flu pandemic of the previous century referred to by Joyce in Hades. In an increasingly globalised world where migration, trans-nationalism, and the emergence of nation states (and nationalism) are an everyday reality, any investigation of the character, Bloom, is ultimately an investigation of both individual and social identity (along with all its attendant concerns and prejudices) in a world where ‘foreignness’ has become an intimate and everyday reality.
These are just some of the many aspects that make Ulysses perhaps even more relevant today than when it was originally written.
Our guest speakers include Terence Killeen, Anne Fogarty, Flicka Small, Pat Callan, Fran O’Rourke, Terry Fagan, John McCourt, and Jonathan Goldman.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ulysses 101: Past, Present, & Future!