Stephen Dedalus, W.B. Yeats, The Tables of the Law, James Joyce, Ulysses

Ep. 35 – The Hundredheaded Rabble

Joachim of Fiore

Join Kelly and Dermot for a story about James Joyce’s youthful rebellion against the literary establishment of Dublin, his obsession with the apocalyptic predictions of a 12th century monk, a tale of psychic horror by W.B. Yeats, Jonathan Swift and Dublin’s oldest public library. It’s a jam-packed episode! The paragraph discussed in this episode can be found on p. 39-40 of the 1990 Vintage International edition of Ulysses.

Bonus: Dermot interviews Kelly about completing her blog series about “Proteus.” Check out those blog posts here.

Double Bonus: The difference between Elisha and Elijah from Chuck Knows Church.

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One of Marsh’s Library’s stagnant bays

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Texts Mentioned in this Episode:

The Tables of the Law by W.B. Yeats

The Day of the Rabblement by James Joyce

A monstrance

Further Reading:

Ellmann, R. (1959). James Joyce. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fargnoli, A.N., & Gillespie M.P. (1995). James Joyce A to Z: The essential reference to his life and writings. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from

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

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

Gogarty, O. (1948). Mourning became Mrs. Spendlove and other portraits grave and gay. New York: Creative Age Press.

Greer, J.M. History’s Arrow. The Archdruid Report. Retrieved from

Hart, M. F. (1994). The Sign of Contradiction: Joyce, Yeats and ‘The Tables of Law.’ Colby Quarterly, 30 (4), 237-243. Retrieved from

Joyce, J. (2018). Critical writings. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications.

Joyce, S. (1958). My brother’s keeper: James Joyce’s early years. New York: The Viking Press.

McGinn, B. Apocalypticism explained: Joachim of Fiore. Frontline. Retrieved from


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