Celebrating James Joyce

Several English (and Humanities) faculty members at UMF participated in a UMF/Farmington Community celebration of Bloomsday, the day (June 16) on which James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place, as we follow main character Leopold Bloom on his stream of consciousness journey through a day in his life in Dublin.

Several of us from UMF and the Farmington community contributed to a couple of panel sessions that talked about not only Joyce but the modernist movement more generally.

Part I Very brief opening remarks, welcome
Josh Billings: Magic Eyes: Figuring Italy in Pound and Muratov
Kristen Case: Whimsies and Crochets: Pragmatism, Poetry, and Literary Criticism’s Founding Gesture
John R. [A rejection of pre-modernist Western philosophy based on Rilke’s modification of classical poetic form in The Sonnets to Orpheus. ]
Christine Darrohn: Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room
Part II

Jesse Lundquist:  Joyce, et, and, eternity
Daniel Gunn: Ithaca’ and the Anatomy Style
Michael Johnson: Josephine Baker and modernism

After the panels, there was a reading later at local bookstore Twice Sold Tales, where various people read aloud their favorite parts of the novel (which was quite fun).

As part of Jonathan Cohen’s reading, he told a story about this print that he had inherited from his grandmother (which depicts a scene from early in Ulysses), and then read directly—not from the book—from the quoted passage in the drawing.

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Michael K. Johnson

Michael Johnson is Professor of English at the University of Maine at Farmington.

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