Thursday, June 16, 2005

An essay on Ulysses

In honor of Bloomsday, here (PDF) is a short, unpublished essay on the theme of fat in Ulysses. (See the post at The Valve for some more details.)

Last year's Bloomsday (100) was all hype. This year's will be all 'substance', if I have anything to say about it.


coolie said...

Wonderful Amardeep, thank you.

10:32 AM  
coolie said...

I have read the essay and loved it. Thanks for blessing us with it Amardeep. I am off to read those passages now reinvigorated and with a new Ulysses eye.

12:16 PM  
Amardeep said...

Thanks coolie. It helps to hear some positive feedback every so often.

Not everyone likes this essay!

1:19 PM  
Jon said...

Were you one of Dan Schwartz's students at Cornell? I was last semester, presented my paper from his class at the North American Joyce Conference held at Cornell today. My paper: Stephen's working-class sensibility as central to his artistic development (paying close attention to Eumaus and Bloom's "literary labour" speech.

9:49 PM  
coolie said...


What do they know?

Lots of things I liked in it, but this was good:

Through its ability to drift, to suggest via smell or sight what it will taste like and
what it will feel like fully consumed, Bloom can perceive meat-fat as part of a warm, full,
chain of embodied Being: “The shiny links, packed with forcemeat, fed his gaze and he
breathed in tranquilly the lukewarm breath of cooked spicy pig’s blood” (IV.142). The
meat does not smell so much as it “breathes,” and Bloom inhales that breath as if directly
‘linked up’ to the meat.

7:11 AM  

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