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June 16, 2004, was the one hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, the day that James Joyce's novel Ulysses takes place. To celebrate the occasion, thousands took to the streets in Dublin, following in the footsteps of protagonist Leopold Bloom. The event also was marked by the Bloomsday 100 Symposium, where world-renowned scholars discussed Joyce's seminal work. This volume contains the best, most provocative readings of Ulysses presented at the conference.

The contributors to this volume urge a close engagement with the novel. They offer readings that focus variously on the materialist, historical, and political dimensions of Ulysses. The diversity of topics covered include nineteenth-century psychology, military history, Catholic theology, the influence of early film and music hall songs on Joyce, the post-Ulysses evolution of the one-day novel, and the challenge of discussing such a complex work amongst the sea of extant criticism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Part I. “That Other World”: Material Dimensions of Ulysses
  2. p. 13
  1. 1. Joyce’s Debris
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. 2. “Mkgnao! Mrkgnao! Mrkgrnao!”: The Pussens Perplex
  2. pp. 31-40
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  1. 3. Why Leopold Bloom Menstruates
  2. pp. 41-61
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  1. Part II. “Agenbite”: History in the Text
  2. p. 63
  1. 4. Mixing Memory and Desire: Narrative Strategies and the Past in Ulysses
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. 5. Inventing Identity in Ulysses: “Kitty” O’Shea, Memoir, and Molly Bloom
  2. pp. 77-95
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  1. 6. Barracks and Brothels: Militarism and Prostitution in Ulysses
  2. pp. 96-114
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  1. Part III. Mixed Media: Image and Performance
  2. p. 115
  1. 7. “In the Beginning Was the Gest”: Theater, Cinema, and the Language of Gesture in “Circe”
  2. pp. 117-134
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  1. 8. Reading Music, Performing Text: Interpreting the Song of the Sirens
  2. pp. 135-149
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  1. 9. Joyce, Ulysses, Melodrama
  2. pp. 150-160
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  1. Part IV. Counterparts: Intertextualities
  2. p. 161
  1. 10. Modernity and Its Discontents: Fashion and “My Girl’s a Yorkshire Girl”
  2. pp. 163-177
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  1. 11. Schopenhauer’s Shadow, or Stephen as Philosophic Superman
  2. pp. 178-189
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  1. 12. Days of Our Lives: The One-Day Novel as Homage à Joyce
  2. pp. 190-210
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  1. Part V. “Almosting It”: Ulysses and the Reader
  2. p. 211
  1. 13. Past Its Sell-by Date: When to Stop Reading Joyce Criticism
  2. pp. 213-227
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  1. 14. Secrets, Narratology, and Implicature: A Virgin Reading of “Calypso”
  2. pp. 228-239
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 241-243
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-254
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