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Senior Seminar 2016: James Joyce's Ulysses

The subject of this year’s Senior Seminar, directed by Professor Janine Utell, is James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses. In accordance with our tradition, Professor Utell, on September 29, presented the annual Fall Faculty Lecture on “James Joyce and Divorce Law,” which is related to her essay “Criminal Conversation: Marriage, Adultery, and the Law in Joyce’s Work,” forthcoming in an edited collection on James Joyce and the law later this year from University of Florida Press. 265 more words


"You've Got a Friend in Me(?)": Thoughts on "The Art of Being Together: Shakespeare and Friendship"

This week I had the opportunity to attend the workshop “The Art of Being Together: Shakespeare and Friendship” led by Prof. Goran Stanivukovi of Saint Mary’s University Canada. 937 more words

Research Seminars

Waiting for the Ulysses Epiphany

I have been silent for a while. I have been writing blogposts in my head and rejecting each one. Nothing sounded great, good or even mediocre. 528 more words

Literary Bits

Pretend To Be Homeless

In a warm well lit room
pretend to be homeless
and write

“…a way a lone a last a loved a long
the / riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, 513 more words


James Joyce Live! James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake

October 19, 2016. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba.

James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake

Many of us have gone to an author’s “reading,” only to feel that the author “just read it,” many times  in a monotone, without inflection or character. 90 more words

Fine Art

The 'self-punishing' negative emotions that cause writer's block can only be cured with a change in routine

Edmund Bergler, a New York Freudian analyst, built a reputation in the 1940s by studying one of the heart-rending problems of literature. He called it “neurotic inhibition of productivity.” It’s usually called “writer’s block” but some prefer to say “blank page syndrome.” That third phrase suggests the terror, the inexplicable creepiness, of intending to write something while a totally white screen stares at you in disappointment. 832 more words


goodbye: i will detach from you

I do dislike my tutees, but I can’t possibly deny my attachment to them.

Earlier, I had to give them a heads-up that I’d be leaving soon for a full-time employment somewhere. 308 more words