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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:31 am on June 25, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: Foot-and-mouth disease, ,   

    Nestor RPG Preview 

    Starting July 1, Opening Ulysses’ second RPG thread, based on the second episode of Ulysses, sometimes refered to as “Nestor,” will open. What follows is a brief summary of the episode for those of you who are new to Ulysses or who need a refresher.

    This episode begins with Stephen in a position Joyce knew well: that of a teacher. He asks his students about the battle that gave us the term “Pyrrhic victory” and asks one to recite Milton’s “Lycidas.” The question of Stephen’s authority as a teacher is complex. On the one hand, he should be able to wield the power of his place in a hierarchical school. On the other, his students’ families have greater socio-economic status than he does. In practice, his teaching is, if not always effective, at least compassionate. He resists any temptation to humiliate his students when they fail to have a poem memorized. After the lesson, when Sargent approaches him for assistance in redoing his sums, Stephen feels empathy for the boy’s difficulties.

    With the boys gone to play hockey, Stephen sees Mr Deasy, the head of the school and a Nestor-like figure, for his pay. Stephen and Deasy spar over issues of economy, identity, history, and Irishness. Deasy asks him to see about getting a letter on foot and mouth disease published in a newspaper. As Stephen is leaving, Deasy runs after him to tell him a joke about Jews.

    This episode can be read online at The Literature Network, or you can read a digital facsimile of the 1922 edition at The Modernist Versions Project.

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 10:17 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: Bloomsday,   

    An Evolving Course Schedule 

    What follows is an outline of Opening Ulysses as a course. Specific dates and detailed activities will be filled in as we go. Have an idea? Leave a comment, or volunteer to be an episode role-play facilitator.

    Ulysses Banned in New Zealand

    Ulysses Banned in New Zealand (Photo credit: Archives New Zealand)

    June 2013: Episode 1,Telemachus

      • Ongoing from June 1: Telemachus RPG
      • June 16: Bloomsday animated GIF competition

    July 2013: Episode 2, Nestor

    August 2013: Episode 3, Proteus

    September 2013: Episode 4, Calypso

    October 2013: Episode 5, Lotus Eaters

    November 2013: Episode 6, Hades

    December 2013: Episode 7, Aeolus

    January 2014 Episode 8, Lestrygonians

    February 2014: Episode 9, Scylla and Charybdis

    March 2014: Episode 10, Wandering Rocks

    James Joyce plaque - 71 rue de Cardinal Lemoin...

    James Joyce plaque – 71 rue de Cardinal Lemoine, Paris 5 (Photo credit: Monceau)

    April 2014: Episode 11, Sirens

    May 2014: Episode 12, Cyclops

    June 2014: Episode 13, Nausicaa

    July 2014: Episode 14, Oxen of the Sun

    August 2014: Episode 15, Circe

    September 2014: Episode 16, Eumaeus

    October 2014: Episode 17, Ithaca

    November 2014: Episode 18, Penelope

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:41 pm on June 10, 2013 Permalink  

    Facilitators Wanted 


    Telemachus (Photo credit: oschene)

    With our first Ulysses role-play, based on the “Telemachus” episode underway, we are seeking volunteers to facilitate RPGs based on later episodes. The plan is to have a new RPG thread each month, though there is space to be flexible with the exact dates. Facilitators are responsible for posting information about the episode to help new readers acclimate themselves and for framing the role-play itself. (The first RPG follows the end of “Telemachus”, but creativity is encouraged. RPGs could be based around what unseen characters are doing during an episode, or on the style in which an episode is written, for example.)

    If you’re interested, email ekswitaj@gmail.com with your episode preference, a bit of information about who you are, and anything else you want to say.

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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:08 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink  

    Schedule of Upcoming Events 

    This MOOCow is about to start running instead of walking. Here’s where you can expect it to stop and ruminate (though the schedule may change):

    • May 17: An Interview with Molly Bloom
    • June 1: The first full roleplay event, based on Telemachus (Episode 1), with events based on later episodes to follow, in order, every month thereafter. For the Telemachus roleplay, I’m thinking we can follow events at the Martello Tower after Stephen leaves, but I would love to hear other ideas (and ideas for other episodes).

    How to Participate

    Playing a part in an interview or roleplay is simple. To speak or act as a character, simply include *as CHARACTER* at the start of a comment. You can see how this works in practice in the interview with Leopold Bloom (and ask him more questions if you’d like).

    • Pat 7:45 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink

      oooooooh excited :)

    • caroline 1:30 pm on May 4, 2013 Permalink

      Looking forward to this

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:05 pm on February 21, 2013 Permalink  

    Opening Ulysses 

    Beginning 17 March, Open Ulysses will host a course, or course of events, of creative responses to Ulysses. The first event will be an open interview with “Leopold Bloom.”

    You can take part by asking questions or by taking on the role of Leopold Bloom to answer one or more questions just use the phrase *as Leopold Bloom* to indicate when you are in character. You can read Ulysses online here or see copies of the first edition at The Modernist Versions Project’s Year of Ulysses.

    • Roger Cummiskey 2:48 pm on March 3, 2013 Permalink

      as Leopold Bloom

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 11:45 pm on March 16, 2013 Permalink

        What are you saying as Leopold Bloom? :-)

    • Steve Cole 10:51 pm on March 17, 2013 Permalink

      When you went to bed early on that famous June 1904 morning, were you satisfied with your full day or overcome by thoughts of what had transpired in that bed the day before? Which mood dominated?

      • Purslane 1:11 am on March 21, 2013 Permalink

        *as Leopold Bloom* I was overcome by a dream of her making a river of words.

        • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 10:16 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink

          Can you tell us which words were in that river, Mr Bloom?

    • Roger Cummiskey 12:14 am on March 18, 2013 Permalink

      I was just so knackered that I easily fell asleep straight away.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 10:29 pm on March 20, 2013 Permalink

        Sounds like a thing Bloom would do!

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