The next Ulysses reading group meeting is on Sunday 28th of January, 2018 at 7pm in the New Headingley Club.
At our last meeting in December we finished our second reading of Ulysses. We had also read Dubliners in 2014. There was general agreement, therefore, that we should go on to read Joyce’s final novel, Finnegans Wake.
Under the circumstances we should perhaps call ourselves the Finnegans Wake reading group but there is already a group of that name which meets at Leeds University. We hope to complement their efforts while retaining our old name.
For the first meeting the suggestion is that we begin with Book 1, Chapter 8 (page 196 in most versions) which is all about Anna Livia Plurabelle. The action takes place on the banks of the Liffey where two washerwomen are in conversation.
tell me all about
Anna Livia! I want to hear all
This choice of starting point would be in keeping with the history of publication. Sections of Finnegans Wake including this one were published by Joyce as “Fragments from work in progress” before full publication in 1939. You can listen to a recording of Joyce reading from the end of the chapter: https://youtu.be/-nGZh39OP58
Ian Jones is the creator of this illustration of a line from Penelope, the last episode of Joyce’s Ulysses. When Ian moved to Margate a few years ago – that’s Margate in Kent, not Molly’s Margate in Gibraltar – he discovered T.S. Eliot’s association with the resort. He, Eliot, began writing The Waste Land in a beach shelter on the Margate seafront.
Ian started an Eliot reading group and produced a series of calendars with each month incorporating a photo-montage with a line from Eliot’s works. Ian is also involved in the forthcoming Waste Land exhibition in the Turner Contemporary in Margate, and his art work will be on display. The exhibition runs from February 3rd to May 7th, 2018.
The final meeting of the Ulysses reading group is on Sunday 17th of December, 2017. The venue is the New Headingley Club at 7.30pm.
The book ends with Molly’s memories of Bloom’s proposal on Howth Head.
Finnegans Wake 13.4 ” So This Is Dyoublong?”
M.J.MacManus (1888-1951), So This Is Dublin! (Dublin; Cork: Talbot 1927)
Contains satirical verses on James Joyce’s Ulysses – viz.,
Of the books by Mr. Joyce
Ulysses is not my choice; I think –
You may not credit it –
That it should be sub-edited.
Finnegans Wake 13.29 “So, how idlers’ wind turning pages on pages,…”
Notebook 1924: Schuré: Les Grandes Légendes de France p162: “a hurricane passed over the book and turned all the pages. It remained open on the XIIth chapter of the Apocalypse”.
The next meeting of the Ulysses reading group is on Sunday 12th of November at 7.30pm in the New Headingley Club.
We continue our reading of the final episode, Penelope.
The next meeting of the reading group is on Sunday the first of October at 7.30pm in the New Headingley Club.
We have reached the last episode of the book, Penelope, in which Molly Bloom gives us the woman’s view on life in Dublin at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The next meeting of the Ulysses reading group is on Sunday 10th of September. The meeting takes place in the New Headingley Club at 7.30pm.
The Odysseus theme continues with a mention of Sinbad the Sailor.