Ulysses, Proteus, James Joyce

Ep. 29 – Gaze in Your Omphalos

Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer, 1504

In this installment of Blooms & Barnacles, Kelly and Dermot engage in some good, old-fashioned navel gazing. Discussion topics include working class life in Edwardian Dublin, the poetry of Algernon Swinburne, the perils of childbirth during the same period, gothic horror, whether Adam and Eve had bellybuttons, and why Kelly thinks people in antiquity had predominantly outie bellybuttons. They also get to the bottom of what exactly the heck an omphalos is and why everyone keeps talking about them.


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Decoding Dedalus: Omphalos


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Media Mentioned in this Episode:

Algernon Swinburne, “The Triumph of Time” 

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

On James Plunkett’s Strumpet City


Further Reading:

Barry, D. (2017, Oct. 28). The lost children of Tuam. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/28/world/europe/tuam-ireland-babies-children.html

Burgess, A. (1968). ReJoyce. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

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

Gilbert, S. (1955). James Joyce’s Ulysses: a study. New York: Vintage Books.

Lang, F. (1993). Ulysses and the Irish God. London and Toronto: Associated University Presses. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/y3k5kxnq

O’Loughlin, E. (2018, Jun 6). These women survived Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. They’re ready to talk. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/world/europe/magdalene-laundry-reunion-ireland.html

Switek, B. (2009, Nov 10), P.H. Gosse’s failure to untie the geological knot. Wired. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/2009/11/p-h-gosses-failure-to-untie-the-geological-knot/


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