This is the official announcement of our Ulysses readalong…Jousting with Joyce.
James Joyce’s Ulysses has a reputation of being difficult (hence the joust), confusing, smutty, and the epitome of the Modern Novel (Modernism?!? oh god…shoot me now).
We will begin reading this famous book on February 1st. The plan is to read 3 chapters (aka episodes) a week. And since there are 18 chapters (more on that in a minute), we should finish in mid-March.
If you’re lucky, you have an edition that indicates the chapters, which have been named thusly (note the connections to characters and events in the Odyssey)…
Part I: The Telemachiad
- Episode 1 – Telemachus
- Episode 2 – Nestor
- Episode 3 – Proteus
Part II: The Odyssey
- Episode 4 – Calypso
- Episode 5 – Lotus Eaters
- Episode 6 – Hades
- Episode 7 – Aeolus
- Episode 8 – Lestrygonians
- Episode 9 – Scylla and Charybdis
- Episode 10 – Wandering Rocks
- Episode 11 – Sirens
- Episode 12 – Cyclops
- Episode 13 – Nausicaa
- Episode 14 – Oxen of the Sun
- Episode 15 – Circe
Part III: The Nostos
- Episode 16 – Eumaeus
- Episode 17 – Ithaca
- Episode 18 – Penelope
I say if you’re lucky, because Joyce didn’t include the chapter breakdowns or names in his original edition. And the copy I have seems to be faithful to Joyce, dagnabbit. I see some quality time with page flags in my future. If you’re wondering how to figure out where the chapters start, supposedly the first line of each episode in the novel appears in small capital letters. This is true for my copy, so thank god for small favors.
So. Because some of us are lacking the chapters and may get lost, and we’d like to check in with everyone occasionally (we’re gonna need lots of support to get through this puppy), the plan for posting on your progress/thoughts is as follows:
- End of week 1: thoughts on Section 1, chapters 1-3.
- End of week 3: this is midway through Section 2, through chapter 9.
- End of week 5: thoughts on Section 2, through chapter 15.
- End of week 6: Section 3, end of book.
So…are you feeling crazy? Or, want to be driven crazy? Or, think we’re crazy but you’re still willing to read along with us because you think book bloggers should stick together? Then you should join us! It’ll be good times! Trisha (and if you want to point fingers, this was HER idea, which she suggested as we were reading the Odyssey), Trish, Joanna, Jason and I will be diving in on February 1st…if you’d like to play along, you can sign up below the cartoon.