Read the latest articles and the  introduction to issue 11 - dedicated to the memory of Clive Hart (1931 - 2016)


Oxen of the Sun - allocating text in the closing paragraphs

(Clive Hart, with Harald Beck)

This work by Clive Hart and Harald Beck was incomplete at the time of Clive's death, and it has been prepared for publication here as work-in-progress which sheds considerable light on the set of conversations at the end of the Oxen episode.   [more...]

The demise of Ithaca
(Ian Gunn)

Ian Gunn's detailed investigation into the history of Bloom's house at No 7 Eccles street, Dublin [more...]

Pronouncing Joyce
 (Robert Nicholson
et al.)

Proper names in Joyce's writing can be pronounced in Dublin English in ways which are surprising to those unfamiliar with the dialect. Often the stress falls in unexpected places (as in D'Olier Street) [more...]


Comings and Goings: Joyce's words in the Oxford English Dictionary
(John Simpson)

Work towards the Third Edition of the OED (2000-; now around 40% complete) changes the profile of Joyce in the dictionary, especially as his quotations are sometimes displaced by new first usages found in other, earlier sources [more...]

Under-the-counter medicines in Ulysses

"Rubber goods. Neverrip brand as supplied to the aristocracy. Corsets for men. I cure fits or money refunded." Joyce was an early adopter of twentieth-century unmentionables, and recent research has shown that he rarely invented the brands of contraceptive, quack medicines, or other devices and nostrums that he cites.

See Reliable rubber goods - perish the thought! and He cures fits! to fill out our forgotten knowledge about two old brands.

Was this Bloom's route around the Ormond Hotel?

Joyce tells us how Bloom entered the Ormond Hotel in the Sirens episode, where he went, where he stood, whom he saw, and how he left. But the old Ormond Hotel disappeared many years ago, and the detailed site maps available do not relate closely to 1904. In addition, the building in the twenty-first century has a new internal structure.

In Joyce's Ormond Hotel Harald Beck takes us round the hotel in Joyce's day, using contemporary description and other sources to re-establish the sequence of the episode from the point when Bloom and Goulding enter the restaurant.

"Bronze by gold, Miss Douce’s head by Miss Kennedy’s head, over the crossblind of the Ormond bar heard the viceregal hoofs go by, ringing steel." Miss Douce (in fact, Miss Douse) and Miss Kennedy did indeed serve in one of Dublin's restaurants in Joyce's day, but not in the Ormond. Read Miss Douce and Miss Kennedy at a different bar for the real facts.

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