Hey /lit/ I was thinking of starting a Ulysses group comparable to Infinite Summer. I was thinking of starting it the last day in February and reading a chapter a day until St. Patty's day (lol cuz Ireland). I'm starting this thread to see
1. What edition should we all uses?
2. is there an interest?
3. What are some things we can read in the meantime. I'm currently reading Portrait and will be done before the end of the month
Thanks, guys. I really hope we can tackle this book and better understand it.
How can you even attempt a reading club without having skimmed through the book in question? Not only are the later chapters dense, there is also an exponential increase in the lenght of the episodes, each one longer than the previous one. In any case, I would suggest that you plan a schedule that culminates in the 15 or 16 of June, so that you can celebrate Bloomsday at the same time you finish Ulysses.
A chapter of Ulysses a day is way too much. Well actually, it depends on the chapter. You could do Telemachus and Nestor in one day because they're not that long or dense compared to the rest of the book, and some of the early bloom chapters are pretty easy too. But others will fuck your shit up if you try to read them in one day.
You'd need a schedule by someone who's familiar enough with the book to pace it properly for this to really work. Also there are way too many teenagers and teenager-esque undergrads on /lit/, and I just don't see them having the patience for a book as dense as Ulysses.
think of 13 episodes in 900 pages, with Joyce's writing.
You can definitely count me in for the reading group, though.
I have just finished first chapter. I'll wait for the group to begin and start all over.
900 pages? Is that with annotations and essays. I saw an edition on Amazon that has it around 450. Okay, thanks for informing me more on the chapters; it's good to know. I'll break the later ones up into two or more days depending on just how difficult I've heard they are. The first few may only get a day each, but later ones will take two or three days--maybe less if it's weekends.
I really appreciate all your feedback, guys. Any other suggestions? I already mentioned Portrait is a good one to fit in before the end of February. Maybe some of Nabokov's lectures?
Stuart Gilbert's "James Joyce's Ulysses" is a great companion to the novel. The book of annotations ("Ulysses Annotated") is nice too.
I insist, have a look through the book first. I suggest that you divide your schedule in 18 weeks, giving a week per chapter, because, contrary to popular belief, not everyone here is a NEET who can spend three whole says reading Ulysses and complementary works. Moreover, the last week should be either the one before Bloomsday or Bloomsday's week.
Alright, awesome everyone. I'll look to one or two chapters a week. We'll play it by ear. I'll post another thread in a week or so as a sort of Ulysses prep, where we can kind of brainstorm some things to look out for. I'll mine for some resources we can go over before reading. I think the most important thing to realize that the book exists to entertain us, not for us to decode it. Let yourself laugh; it's a comedy after all.
That's a really lopsided schedule because of how the chapters are set up. You'd have to account for which ones are shorter and which ones are longer and do 2 some weeks for it to make sense.
I'm literally excited for this. I'll happily contribute to future threads if you're too busy or forget. I think we could easily manage a chapter every 1-2 weeks. I just hope that no one is scared to discuss their unironic thoughts. I advise righting down notes as you read and then polishing them up a bit if you're insecure about your literary opinions.
So, when are we starting, OP?
We could give a week to those who don't /lit/ to catch up with Portrait, but there should be at least a fixed schedule to begin with.
I mean, everyone in this board has read Odyssey and Hamlet, amirite?
OP here. Who's in favor of getting started next Friday? We give ourselves next Friday and the weekend to read any introductory essays or lectures we can find as well as chapter one?
OP here. How about 3 then? I'll post another thread to genrate some more interest as well as provide whatever sources I can find. I've uploaded the free version on my Kindle as it provides a dictionary on the device. I'll get a physical copy, too. Now, the question for those of you who have read it: is there a difference in e 1922 text?
I'm okay with waiting, what worries me is the amount of people who could forget about it.
I think week and a half should be enough for reading Portrait and Odyssey.
Perhaps some might want to read some complementary works first.
Anyways, will it be 15 pages a day on Ulysses?
Well this makes me sad
What are some easier authors to get into which might aid me in my quest to understand Joyce
Ok, I've tried reading. But im just glassing over page and page without taking anything in. I'm reading beckett at the same time. Every time I pick up ulysses i'm left wondering why I'm not finishing one of becketts novels. You say "understanding anxiety" like it's alright to not understand what I'm reading. And that I shouldn't worry about it
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a guide to understanding Joyce, or if it's impossible and I simply lack the iq.
Just read Dubliners and then Portrait, and the Odyssey and you'l be fine for a first reading. Take it slow, don't worry about getting every bit of it, and hopefully you'l have a good time with it.
I tried to get into Ulysses over the christmas break but failed dramatically.
I think having people who I can talk about it with would help me out. Hope this becomes a thing OP.
>Also we need to do a GR reading group sometime. I really want to go through it, section by section with others.