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'A Journey through James Joyce's Ulysses'

Phillip Herring, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fri, April 2, 2010 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

 Readers of Ulysses are often put off not only by the difficulty of the novel, but also irritated by those Joyce scholars who communicate their ideas on a level incomprehensible to the general public.  Yet it need not be opaque.  Phillip Herring will introduce the novel by describing the artistic experimentation occurring in music, the novel, and the visual arts before 1922, when Ulysses was published.  Joyce was well aware of innovation in the arts, adapted what he learned, and went on to create in his novel dazzling experiments in language and form that delight and baffle us to this day. 

   Phillip Herring, a native Texan, is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, and was a Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.  His books include Joyce's 'Ulysses' Notesheets in the British Museum (1972); Joyce's Uncertainty Principle (1987); Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes (1995); and The Collected Poems of Djuna Barnes (2005).  He is now beginning a book entitled 'The Homeric Joyce'. 


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