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Sunday, June 21 • 10:00am - 11:00am
RESCHEDULED - Jews and the Irish: Why was Leopold Bloom central to James Joyce's Ulysses?

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"Ulysses" is often described as the most important English-language novel of the twentieth century. Joyce described his novel as an “epic of two races (Israel-Ireland)”. It is set in Dublin on 16 June, 1904, as Bloom wanders through the city as his wife, Molly Bloom, is having an affair. Amid an increasing climate of Irish and Jewish nationalism, Joyce made a very deliberate choice to have a Jewish character as one of his two main protagonists. So central is Leopold Bloom, that the annual celebration of Joyce's novel is named Bloomsday. Why Joyce chose Bloom is itself a fascinating story.

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Bryan Cheyette

Bryan Cheyette is the editor or author of eleven books including "The Ghetto: A Very Short Introduction", "Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History", and, as co-editor, the "Oxford History of the Novel in English".

Sunday June 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am AEST