Stephen Dedalus learns the value of gentlemanly blasphemy in this episode of Blooms & Barnacles. Our hero evades the nets of his oppressors while recalling a conversation with a friend in Paris. Topics include the changing face of Ringsend, the Pigeonhouse, Stephen’s epiphanies and the Epiphany, Dermot speaking French, what Jules Michelet doesn’t know about women, absinthe, the elaborate blasphemies of Leo Taxil’s pornographic pope period, Baphomet, the freemasons, and the greatest trick ever played on the Catholic Church (that might be overstating it, but it’s a fun story).
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La Vie de Jésus (complete text)
de Hoyos, A., & Morris, S.B. (2010). Is it true what they say about freemasonery? New York: M. Evans. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/y43m54ml
Gifford, D., & Seidman, R. J. (1988). Ulysses annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses. Berkeley: University of California Press. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/vy6j4tk
Greer, J.M. (2006). Palladian Order. In The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies. New York: Harper Element.
Magalaner, M. (1956). Labyrinthine motif: James Joyce and Leo Taxil. Modern Fiction Studies, 2(4), 167-182. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/26273108
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