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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 5:16 am on August 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , Stephen Dedalus,   

    Proteus RPG Thread 

    Sandymount Strand Dublin, low tide magic solitude

    Sandymount Strand Dublin, low tide magic solitude by Michael Foley

    In the third episode of Ulysses, we are brought into Stephen’s stream (or is it tide?) of consciousness. For this RPG, instead of focusing on what happens after what the text tells us, the goal is to focus on style. We’re going stream-of-consciousness—but not Stephen’s. Does a dog have a stream of consciousness? Does the sea? Is there someone on a boat who may be struck by Stephen’s presence as Stephen was struck by the presence of a dog? What do they think about and how do they think it, during this episode?

    Is there someone whose stream-of-consciousness may be relevant but who is not on scene?

    Let’s see how you can play with this style.

    • Dead Dog 5:21 am on August 6, 2013 Permalink

      Would be there was a time I could think this. Would be there was a time I could play along the beach and chase and chase and chase.

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:02 pm on July 29, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Sandymount Strand, Stephen Dedalus, 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 8:44 am on July 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: Stephen Dedalus, students,   

    Nestor RPG Thread 

    Hockey has ended. The students have a chance to talk among themselves. Maybe they discuss their game, or the strange riddle their strange teacher just told them. Maybe they talk about the weather, or something else entirely.

    Available characters:

    • Cochrane, who couldn’t remember where the Battle of Asculum took place and is the first to tell Stephen they give up on answering his riddle.
    • Armstrong, who was eating fig rolls and identified Pyrrhus as a pier.
    • Comyn, who wanted Stephen to ask him about Pyrrhus instead and who questioned Stephen’s definition of a pier as a disappointed bridge.
    • Talbot, the “swarthy boy” who stumbled while reciting Lycidas.
    • Cyril Sargent, a bespectacled boy with “tangled hair and scraggy neck” who had to approach Stephen after class for help with his math lesson.
    • Halliday, whose name only comes up when his being on the same side as Cochrane for hockey causes problems.
    • And any others you might come up with.

    How to play:

    You can use *as character* to designate that you are speaking as a character or use any other method that makes it clear. See the Telemachus RPG Thread for examples.

    • Jason 7:41 pm on July 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as Comyn*

      –That riddle our teacher told. Do any of you understand it?

      • Stephanie 7:06 pm on July 3, 2013 Permalink

        *as Halliday*

        Riddle? What riddle? I’d call that a fiddle.

    • Stephanie 7:06 am on July 3, 2013 Permalink

      *as Halliday*

      Here, let us have some of those fig rolls.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 11:25 pm on July 3, 2013 Permalink

        *as Armstrong*

        What? Is it mine you want?

        • Stephanie 8:20 pm on July 5, 2013 Permalink

          *as Halliday*

          Who else has any? Give them here.

          • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:27 pm on July 5, 2013 Permalink

            *as Armstrong*

            And who are you again?

            • Jessica 11:56 pm on July 7, 2013 Permalink

              *as Cochrane*

              Why, that’s Holiday! How can you forget our Holy Days?

            • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:52 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink

              *as Armstrong*

              A Holy Day? A feast? Isn’t he a boy?

            • Jessica 11:48 pm on July 12, 2013 Permalink

              *as Cochrane*

              Ah, I’m sure he’s both. Didn’t you learn anything from our lesson?

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

    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 8:00 am on June 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Dublin, Haines, James Joyce, , Sandycove, Stephen Dedalus,   

    Telemachus RPG Thread 


    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove

    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove (Photo credit: pmecologic)

    The last word of the first episode of Ulysses and the first word of Opening Ulysses’ first RPG. Stephen is headed for the school where he teaches. We will see him on the next page, in the classroom that is, in some sense, his. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan is bathing; Haines has refused to join him on a full stomach.

    What happens now? Between the pages or in parts of Dublin Joyce hasn’t shown us? What does Buck do while he’s naked? The answers are up to you.

    How to Participate

    To play, you can reply in much the same manner as we have been using for interviews, using *as character*. This is a possibility—not a limit. Because this is a little different from a character interview, you can also add a narrative passage or do something original that may not have been anticipated here.

    • Kelly 8:23 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as Buck Mulligan*

      *holds breath under the water for a minute, then rockets up past the surface, pouring water from mouth fountain-style*

      • Buck Mulligan 7:12 pm on June 3, 2013 Permalink

        —It’s a lie, Haines. A silly rumour spread by quaking mothers, to think that bathing after you eat will make you cramp.

        • Haines 10:29 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink

          —Good sir, nonetheless, I insist: on my breakfast, I will not swim.

    • Joyceana 8:48 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as the boatman, nodding towards the north of the bay with disdain*

      —There’s five fathoms out there. It’ll be swept up that way when the tide comes in about one. It’s nine days today.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:20 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink

        *as sea*


        • Kelly 6:32 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink

          *as boat*


    • Kelly 10:05 pm on June 5, 2013 Permalink

      But Stephen could not dwell on his usurpation for long. He was going to teach, and his mind turned to lessons.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:01 pm on June 8, 2013 Permalink

        Was this what he’d left Paris for?

        • Kelly 10:03 pm on June 10, 2013 Permalink

          *as Stephen*

          Better at least than This is a pencil. This is a book. The red pencil is long. The blue pencil is short.

    • Alexander 5:18 am on June 6, 2013 Permalink

    • Pat L 4:10 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

      *as the sea*
      You always call me snotgreen, when you know the colour can’t be snot. Why? i think you hate me, because you blame me for you still being here.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:17 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

        *as fish*

        We agree with the sea.

        Are silver.

      • Jason 6:46 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink

        *as the sea*

        For being here at all. Ever. Yes. You know I am a mother.

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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, Stephen Dedalus, 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 7:22 pm on May 10, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: future, Stephen Dedalus   

    Interview with Stephen Dedalus (1914) 

    *as facilitator* Thanks to modern technosorcery, Opening Ulysses can compress a decade into a week, so if you’ve ever wondered what Stephen Dedalus did after he left Mr Bloom, you can ask him now.

    *as Stephen* I have flown and so has time. Ask me what you will.

    • Pat 1:08 am on May 11, 2013 Permalink

      I wonder, Stephen. What are your thoughts on the war in Europe?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:49 pm on May 12, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* That I was right not to sign that petition for universal peace. See how much it changed?

    • Victoria 11:33 pm on May 19, 2013 Permalink

      How are your students these days?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:29 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* Slaughtering the English language, I’m glad to report.

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