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 2017:

The meeting place and time are English Department (Stockholm University), Room E890, 15.45–17.15.

1. September 12

We will resume where we ended last time, a few lines into “Telemachus.” I'll keep track of the exact lines and add them to the announcements.

2. October 17

The "Telemachus" chapter; the lines where we will begin our reading are: "Cranly's arm. His arm.-- And to think of your having to beg from these swine.​"

3. November 21

"Telemachus": We ended on the line: "O, it's only Dedalus whose mother is beastly dead" and will begin with: "A flush which made him seem younger and more engaging rose to Buck Mulligan's cheek."

4. December 5

The dates for Spring 2018:

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

1. February 16

(We will resume where we ended last time, a few pages into “Telemachus”: “Ghoul! Chewer of corpses! No, mother. Let me be and let me live.”)

2. March 9

(We proceed from the following line: “—Of course I’m a Britisher, Haine’s voice said, and I feel as one…" on page 21 in the Oxford edition)

3. April 13

(We began reading the second episode, ”Nestor,” and we ended on the following line: “Their sharp voices cried about him on all sides: their many forms closed round him, the garish sunshine bleaching the honey of his illdyed head” (p. 29 in the Oxford world’s classics edition).

4. May 4

Page 34 (in the Oxford edition): "From the play field the boys raised a shout. A whirring whistle: goal. What if that nightmare gave you a back kick?"

5. May 25

This term's last meeting will take place at Moderna museet, between 15.00 and 17.00. We will gather inside at the main entrance at 14.55.

Bring your copy of Ulysses and we will continue our reading on page 37 (Oxford edition), the opening of the Proteus episode, beginning with the section that follows the lines: "Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount strand? Crush, crack, crick, crick..."

The dates for Autumn 2018 will be announced in mid-August.

We will resume our reading 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 steersmen and master mariners. Human shells.

The meeting place and time will be at the Department of English (Stockholm University), Room E890, 15.00–17.00.

Have a great summer! 


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