I'm making a chart of books one should read to understand the allusions and references in Ulysses.
I have seen plenty of anons asking what they should read before Ulysses, so I figured we should just make a handy chart.
Please post suggestions ITT and I will add them to the chart in a few hours.
>I'm making a chart of books one should read to understand the allusions and references in Ulysses.
Ditch Chamber Music and Summa.
Add The Bible
Yeats, Blake I think is not as crucial.
And that's honestly all you need, unless you want to include a bunch of books on Irish history.
Definitely ditch Summa. Ain't nobody reading that and it makes the chart less believable because of that.
Also, do we need all of the Bible? I'm not sure all the references but surely someone could tell us which books are actually required. Genesis I'm sure. Maybe even just that and the New Testament would be enough?
There are definitely some more obscure Bible references thrown in there from what I can remember. You should have read the entire Bible by now anyway, it's practically common knowledge already.
Great reading comprehension there:
"I'm making a chart of books one should read to understand the allusions and references in Ulysses." =/= books you have to read to enjoy Ulysses.
You're on a board about literature and you can't even read, what a fucking pleb.
Fucking imbecile. If you read the chart is says to read those books before reading Ulysses.
The chart implies that for whatever reason you wish to read it, you have to read those books first.
Don't act in a condescending manner when you're a plonker.
How about people just read the fucking thing instead of turning it into some Final Fantasy RPG experience point building flow chart bullshit. I read Ulysses like 8 years ago and didn't know shit about Hamlet or the Summa or Stephen Daedalus and all I knew about the Odyssey was what every illiterate pleb knows.
So tell me I didn't enjoy it OR (for you plebs that are bound to hate on one of the most important works of literature to date) that i couldn't comprehend it.
Don't know if you're the idiot I replied to but I'll assume so anyway because you're just as thick. You managed to not comprehend my comment as well at the OP.
Understanding (which is what the chart is about) =/= enjoying (which is what your comment accuses the chart of being about).
These are completely separate concepts. While you may find understanding all the references in Ulysses enhances your enjoyment, they are nowhere near the only enjoyable thing about the book,
People like you need to be condescended.
OP fuck you this is some /mu kind of thing, we can talk about the inspirations to Ulysses and how they contribute to the work, but not just name drop things for another flow chart to put in our daily chart thread. No one cares
Now who wants to talk the influence of Gower's Confessio Amantis and Shakespeare's version of Pericles and how it influenced the Shakespeare biographic theory?
I think one should read it first, w/o being 'tainted' so to speak with all this background knowledge, to just appreciate the prose, the very words and imagery of it as it is, and then re-read it multiple times after reading and re-reading all this supplemental material.