Pyrrhus, Pyrrhic victory, James Joyce, Ulysses

Ep. 12 – Wings of Excess

Pyrrhus and his Elephants

“One more victory like that and we’re done for.” Kelly and Dermot discuss the ancient Greek warrior king Pyrrhus and his relation to the excesses of the 20th century. In addition to ancient Greeks, Vico and figroll-munching children, the impact of the Easter Rising of 1916 and World War I on James Joyce and Ulysses are also discussed.

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Further Reading:

Birmingham, K. (2014, June 7). As the world went to war, James Joyce plotted his own revolution. The Irish Times. Retrieved from

Gifford, D., & Seidman, R. J. (1988). Ulysses annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Larkin, F. M. (2017, Jan. 25). James Joyce and the Easter Rising: the first revisionist. The Irish Times. Retrieved from

Spoo, R. (1986). “Nestor” and the Nightmare: The Presence of the Great War in Ulysses. Twentieth Century Literature,32(2), 137-154. doi:10.2307/441379 Retrieved from

Stern, F. (1968). Pyrrhus, Fenians and Bloom. James Joyce Quarterly,5(3), 211-228. Retrieved from

Williams, T. (1990). “As It Was in the Beginning”: The Struggle for History in the ‘Nestor’ Episode of “Ulysses”. The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies,16(2), 36-46. doi:10.2307/25512826 Retrieved from


Our theme is:

Noir – S Strong & Boogie Belgique

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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