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.
The Martello Tower in Sandycove
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.