Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Sundays)

Date / Time

  • October 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 18, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 9, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses is also considered one of the most daunting. The Rosenbach offers a welcoming discussion-based environment and unparalleled access to primary resource materials from our James Joyce collection to deepen readers’ understanding of the text and the author himself. First-time Ulysses readers and returning fans alike are welcome in either group.

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Wednesdays)

Date / Time

  • October 3, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • November 7, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • December 5, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • January 2, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • February 6, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 6, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 3, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 1, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • June 5, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Heralded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Ulysses is also considered one of the most daunting. The Rosenbach offers a welcoming discussion-based environment and unparalleled access to primary resource materials from our James Joyce collection to deepen readers’ understanding of the text and the author himself. First-time Ulysses readers and returning fans alike are welcome in either group.

Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • June 15, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Rosenbach celebrates Bloomsday on June 16, so as a warm-up, we’ll break out some of the other notable Irish authors from our collections. Along with James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript of his modernist masterpiece Ulysses, we’ll also read and handle works by Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and more! These Irish authors have connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson and Moby-Dick to the present day.

Happy Birthday, James Joyce … and Ulysses!

This post was originally published at the Free Library of Philadelphia blog. Nearly 100 years ago today, on February 2, 1922, bookstore-maven-cum-publisher Sylvia Beach stood anxiously waiting on the platform at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris for the arrival of some very precious cargo on its way from Dijon: two copies of …

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Elaine Byrne

Date / Time

  • February 6, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artist Elaine Byrne will give an overview of her research interests, focusing on some of her recent projects and featuring video clips from some of her recent video work. Employing sculpture, video, and photography. Elaine Byrne’s artwork examines overlooked histories, historical texts, and artworks as a platform to confront difficult political or social issues in the present day.

Bloomsday 2018

Date / Time

  • June 16, 2018
    11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Join us on beautiful Delancey Place for the Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday celebration on June 16, the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses.

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Hans Walter Gabler

Date / Time

  • September 26, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The first edition of Ulysses, published in 1922, carried a note of apology: “The publisher asks the reader’s indulgence for typographical errors unavoidable in the exceptional circumstances.” Beyond these typographical errors, the published novel departed widely from the text written by James Joyce. Working with a team of dedicated collaborators, Hans Walter Gabler examined Joyce’s notes, the manuscript (which resides at the Rosenbach), serial publications of the first 14 chapters, and more to compile a new readable edition of the novel and a record of the text’s growth from fair copy to first edition. This edition, though controversial, has become the standard for Ulysses readers.

Making a Verbal Monster:  Cyclops in Virgil’s Aeneid 3 and Joyce’s Ulysses

For this year’s Bloomsday and the rest of this summer, the Rosenbach’s partner desk display in the historic library is filled with objects that show classic literary influences on James Joyce’s Ulysses.  Starting with his introduction (at age 10) to Homer’s Odyssey through Charles Lamb’s school edition, we see that the characters and language of …

2017 Bloomsday Essay Contest Graduate Student Winner: “‘Greeker than the Greeks'”

The first annual Bloomsday Essay Contest invited graduate and undergraduate students in the tri-state area to submit their best essays on Ulysses or another Joyce text. The winners were announced during the Bloomsday celebration on June 16, 2017. The 2017 Bloomsday Essay Contest award for an outstanding paper written by a graduate student was presented …

2017 Bloomsday Essay Contest Undergraduate Student Winner: “Consumption of the Intimate”

The first annual Bloomsday Essay Contest invited graduate and undergraduate students in the tri-state area to submit their best essays on Ulysses or another Joyce text. The winners were announced during the Bloomsday celebration on June 16, 2017. The 2017 award for an outstanding paper written by an undergraduate student was presented to Katie Paulson …