Ulysses Reading Group Meeting – Sunday 28 January 2018

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.

O
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

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