The Stockholm University James Joyce Reading Group convened for the first time at the Pontus Hultén Study Gallery, at Moderna Museet, the collection that holds Constantin Brancusi’s “Portrait of James Joyce” (1928).

Jointly we decided to continue reading together and are announcing that we will meet once a month every term to read Joyce’s Ulysses. All you need to join us is to bring a copy of Ulysses (in any edition or language).

We will follow the procedure of Joyce Reading Groups established all over the world: we’ll read Ulysses aloud, sentence by sentence, line by line, to experience the text and to jointly tackle its richness. No preparation is required. The idea is that we put our heads together to meet Joyce's challenge.

The dates for Autumn 2018:

The meeting place and time are English Department (Stockholm University), Room E890, 15.00–17.00.

1. September 28

(We will resume where we ended last time in "Proteus":
"The grainy sand had gone from under his feet. His boots trod again a damp crackling mast, razorshells, squeaking pebbles, that on the unnumbered pebbles beats, wood sieved by the shipworm, lost Armada. Unwholesome sandflats waited to suck his treading soles, breathing upward sewage breath. He coasted them, walking warily. A porterbottle stood up, stogged to its waist, in the cakey sand dough. A sentinel: isle of dreadful thirst. Broken hoops on the shore; at the land a maze of dark cunning nets; farther away chalkscrawled backdoors and on the higher beach a dryingline with two crucified shirts.  Ringsend: wigwams of brown steermen and master mariners. Human shells.")

2. October 18: Cancelled

3. November 22

We ended in "Proteus", the lines: "Green eyes, I see you. Fang, I feel. Lascivious people" (page 43 in Oxford edition)

4. December 3

We will begin with the paragraph in "Proteus", the lines: "The blue fuse burns deadly between hands and Burns clear" (p.43 in Oxford edition).

5. December 19

Our aim is to finish reading "Proteus" at this last meeting of the term. We'll start at: "Passing now. A side-eye at my Hamlet hat" (p. 47 in the Oxford edition).

 

For more information email: irina.rasmussen@english.su.se