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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:02 pm on July 29, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Sandymount Strand, , stream of consciousness,   

    Proteus RPG Preview 

    English: Sandymount Strand, Howth Head in the ...

    Sandymount Strand, Howth Head in the distance

    Opening Ulysses’ third role-play, based on the third episode of Ulysses, known as Proteus, will begin on Thursday. If you haven’t read Proteus before, this blog post will help orient you. Proteus, in Greek mythology, is a god of the sea. Stephen, during this episode, walks along the seashore (Sandymount Strand to be specific), but the basic plot of the chapter is neither the most important connection to the Greek figure, nor really the point of the episode. We get a flow of Stephen’s thoughts and memories (the loss of his mother features among them). The thoughts flow like the sea and change form, as Proteus is a shape-shifter (think protean). Stephen sees a dead dog and a live dog, as if the dog too changes form.


    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.

    If you’re new to reading Proteus: what puzzles you about this episode? If you’ve read it before, what do you think is the most important of Stephen’s thoughts?



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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 11:47 pm on May 27, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, , Martello Tower, , Telemachus,   

    Telemachus RPG Preview 

    Starting this Saturday, June 1, we will move on from character interviews (at least temporarily, though you can still ask and answer questions on the existing posts) and start with full roleplays based on the different episodes of Ulysses. We will open, appropriately enough, with the first episode, sometimes called “Telemachus,” asking the question: what happens after Stephen leaves?


    How to Participate

    On Saturday, we will open up a thread for participation, starting with a scenario. You can then reply in much the same manner as we have been using for interviews, using *as character*. Because this is a little different from a character interview, you can also add a narrative passage or do something original that we may not have anticipated here.

    Remember, you don’t have to be an expert! This activity is much more about using what you do know about Ulysses (and anything else relevant) as a touchstone for creativity than it is about having read all the footnotes in all the scholars’ work. If you’re completely new to the book, or just need a refresher, the description below will help you get oriented.


    Joyce's Tower from Shore

    The Martello Tower in Sandycove

    About “Telemachus”

    In this opening episode of Ulysses, we meet Stephen Dedalus, his best frenemy Buck Mulligan, and the Englishman Haines who has been staying with them at the Martello Tower. Stephen is haunted by the death of his mother, the incident that recalled him from his sojourn in Paris where he headed after A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and he resents Buck for referring to her once as “beastly dead”.

    Haines, the Englishman, is gathering Irish folktales for a book and tries to speak Irish to the old woman who brings them milk. She asks if he is speaking French. At night, we learn, Haines shouts “about shooting a black panther.”

    By the end of the episode, Stephen has given the key to the tower and two pennies to Buck Mulligan, who has also made plans for the wages Stephen expects to receive that day.


    Where to Read “Telemachus” Online

    The Modernist Versions Project

    The Online Literature Network

    Questions? Ideas? Rants?

    If you have any questions or ideas you want to discuss, please post them in reply here.

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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:56 am on March 17, 2013 Permalink

    The Whys Behind the Hows and Whats 

    If you have been asking or answering questions on the Leopold Bloom interview thread, why did you ask or answer what and in the way you did? For example, in my initial post on the subject, I tried to portray the way Bloom sometimes stumbles over his words and takes a bit of searching to find the phrasing he wants to use. In my reply to the organ meats question, I used the opening paragraph of the fourth episode.

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