June 16 is probably one of the most famous ‘literary holidays’ out there. For those unaware, June 16 is the day that James Joyce’s Ulysses takes place. Confession time: I haven’t read Ulysses. That isn’t to say I haven’t read Joyce, just being honest that I can’t wax on about the merits of Ulysses, my favorite part, or any of that. I can, however, point you toward several links and articles of note!
Bloomsday certainly has its largest celebrations in Ireland. For those of us not fortunate enough to be in Dublin, there is the Internet! I’ll be updating links throughout the day for you!
- A quick review of the history of Bloomsday: http://www.completeulysses.com/about/origins-of-bloomsday/
- A recording of Joyce reading an excerpt from his work: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/james-joyce-reading-his-work-19241929/
- The James Joyce center in Ireland has a variety of resources, including several online exhibitions: http://jamesjoyce.ie/
- For those interested in reading Ulysses, an eBook is available from Project Gutenberg, and an Audiobook is available through the Internet Archive.
- For those visiting campus for summer programs or making notes for the fall, we have Ulysses in the collection, along with a variety of secondary sources and critical works, all of which can be found in the Newman Room.