‘Tell Us in Plain Words’: an Introduction to Reading Joyce’s Ulysses
As my title’s playful use of Molly Bloom’s response to Leopold Bloom’s explanation of metempsychosis (the transmigration of souls) indicates, I shall stress — as I do in my recent study Reading Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’1 — that Ulysses is a readable novel rather than an elaborate puzzle or a Rosetta Stone or a hieroglyph (U.64; IV.343).2 Indeed, there is a danger that the study of Ulysses has become like ground that has been farmed for so long that it now only supports exotic crops like persimmons.
KeywordsEurope Coherence Expense Posit Egypt
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