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[singlepic id=390 w=320 h=240 float=left] To anyone out there who’s reading this book for the first time, I’d suggest you not spend too much time trying to parse Mulligan’s summary of  Stephen’s theory of Shakespeare.  I will tell you, however, it is far more concise than Stephen’s own version, which you will read in Episode […]

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[singlepic id=65 w=320 h=240 float=left] The flashback continues. Stephen is thinking about his mother, thinking about her room and objects he identifies with her, thinking about her memories, things she told him about her childhood. Remember the context–Mulligan wants to use Stephen’s money, his wit, his ideas for his own benefit.  This is mostly just selfishness, […]

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[singlepic id=91 w=320 h=240 float=right] (cf. 1922, 5.31 – 6.6; Gabler, 1.100-11) Stephen has just been accused by Mulligan of performing more than feeling his grief, of being the “loveliest mummer of them all” who prominently wears his mourning for his mother, but who refused to honor her final wish before she died. Stephen doesn’t […]

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[singlepic id=72 w=320 h=240 float=left] [Cf. 1922 5:20-27, Gabler 1:86-94] We get an important glimpse of Stephen here, as we learn that he refused to pray for his mother at her deathbed. What kind of a**hole doesn’t obey his dying mother’s wish to pray with her? Discuss. I mean, yes, Stephen is an Artist of […]

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[singlepic id=71 w=320 h=240 float=left] [cf. 1922 5.18, Gabler 1.85] A moment ago, Mulligan was quoting Swinburne when he referred to the sea as our “great sweet mother.”  He’s modulated into George William Russell a/k/a AE, who often referred to nature as the Mighty Mother. Russell was a preeminent literary figure in turn of the […]