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Questions tagged [ulysses]

For questions about James Joyce's 1922 modernist novel Ulysses. Use this with the james-joyce tag.

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How do we know that Bloom was never circumcised?

Everyone knows that Bloom was not circumcised (just ask Google). But how do we know this? Hugh Kenner claims it is (371/373). I have read these pages over and over, but don't see it? Despite the ...
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In Ulysses, why does Stephen finally decide not to stay with Bloom?

Ulysses is such a well-commented book that it's hard to find questions which have not been widely explored already. However, there's a simple aspect of character motivation I've been unable to clarify....
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Is the impenetrability of Chapter 14 of Ulysses deliberate, or a consequence of its stylistic pastiches?

Chapter 14 of Joyce's Ulysses, The Oxen of the Sun, frequently changes writing styles as it unfolds. Joyce was attempting to mimic the development of the English language, from its Latin roots through ...
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What is the purpose of all the lists in chapter 12 of Joyce's Ulysses?

Chapter 12 of James Joyce's Ulysses, Cyclops, consists mostly of a first-person comic narrative of men drinking in a pub. The conversation is frequently interrupted, however, by a number of deadpan ...
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What does Stephen Dedalus mean: "History is the nightmare from which I’m trying to awake”?

Source: How to Read Novels Like a Professor (2008) by Thomas C. Foster. p. 247 Middle.   The big, often very uncomfortable, ideas run rampant in those disquieting categories, “minority” and “...
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Why do we see so little mention of Leopold Bloom's social isolation in his internal monologue?

Leopold Bloom is the primary protagonist of Joyce's novel Ulysses. Throughout the novel, we are treated to an extensive transcription of his thoughts and feelings via the stream of consciousness ...
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Why is there so much stream of consciousness in Ulysses?

I'm about halfway through Ulysses. What's sustained me through this famously difficult novel is the quality of the prose and characterisation. However, I was struck by the thought that what makes it "...
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How did Ibsen's writing in “A Doll's House” influence the James Joyce character Molly Bloom?

How did Ibsen's writing in "A Doll's House" influence the James Joyce character Molly Bloom? In particular, what other authoritative commentators, besides Richard Ellmann, provide illuminating ...