Mark Schenker of Yale College will return to the Guilford Free Library to present two programs on James Joyce (1882-1941) in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses in book form on February 2, 1922, the occasion of the author’s 40th birthday:
May 19 “A Brief Introduction to How to Read James Joyce” will provide an overview of the author’s method, with examples from Dubliners (1914) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and a preview of Ulysses.
June 16 “Experiencing Ulysses” will explain why first-time readers of Joyce’s masterpiece should not try to “get” the novel or to puzzle out the meaning of each of its 18 chapters, but rather commit themselves to an engagement with the novel as a reading experience. Dean Schenker will illustrate how this works in a lecture-discussion that will invite participation from those attending.
[June 16, which has come to be called “Bloomsday,” is the date in 1904 on which the events of the novel take place.]
Patrons will derive greater understanding from both sessions if they have some recent experience with any or all of the three books cited above. Readers who are willing and able to do more preparation—which is not required—are advised to read at least the stories “Araby” and “Eveline” in Dubliners and at least the first 3 of the 5 chapters of Portrait.
Similarly recommended but not required is reading or re-reading the first three chapters of Ulysses in advance of the second session.
Mark Schenker is Senior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs.
Copies of Dubliners (1914) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and Ulysses will be available to check out at the Reference Desk.
Registration below includes both programs.