Tatters, Proteus, Stephen Dedalus, Ulysses, James Joyce, Dublin

Ep. 47 – Tatters

freedom_583194_1Kelly and Dermot talk dogs, specifically Tatters, the dog encountered by Stephen on the strand at Sandymount. Topics include Joyce’s belief that the dog is the most protean creature, Tatters’ many forms on the seashore, cocklepickers then and now, seamorse, heraldry, Stephen’s many phobias, reincarnation, sea gods, the ninth wave, pards, the Buddha-nature of a dog, cameos by Nicolas Cage and Peter Falk, Tatters as a muse, Tatters as a Zen master, Stephen’s struggle with duality, Stephen’s creative inspiration, urination,  and why Dermot thinks the medievals are great (not stupid).


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Manannán Mac Lir, photo by Kenneth Allen, 2014

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A pard, form the Aberdeen Bestiary, 12th c.

Further Reading:

Atura, A. & Dionne, L. Proteus – Modernism Lab. Retrieved from https://modernism.coursepress.yale.edu/proteus/

Budgen, F. (1972). James Joyce and the making of Ulysses, and other writings. London: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/JoyceColl/JoyceColl-idx?type=header&id=JoyceColl.BudgenUlysses&isize=M

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

Clements, P. (2016, May 14). Adventures of a sea god – an Irishman’s diary about Manannán mac Lir. The Irish Times. Retrieved from https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/adventures-of-a-sea-god-an-irishman-s-diary-about-manannán-mac-lir-1.2647217

Frost, N. (2017, Oct. 13). Just about everything we know about the pard. Atlas Obscura. Retrieved from https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pard-big-cat-mythology-leopard-lion-taxonomy

Norris, M. (2017). Tatters, Bloom’s cat, and other animals in Ulysses. Humanities, 6(3), 50. Retrieved fromhttps://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/6/3/50/htm

O’Shea, M.J. (1986). James Joyce and heraldry. Albany: State University of New York Press. Retrieved fromhttps://tinyurl.com/y4u57wya

Osteen, M. (1995). The economy of Ulysses: making both ends meet. New York: Syracuse University Press. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/yy6hq4x3

Paterakis, D. T. (1972). Mananaan MacLir in Ulysses. Éire-Ireland (quarterly journal of the Irish American Cultural Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota) Vol. VII, 3. Retrieved from https://blossomsandbarnacles.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/57bf6-manannanmaclirinulysses.pdf

Source for photo of Manannán Mac Lir sculpture: https://www.geograph.ie/photo/4107287




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