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 …

Everything you need to know about Bloomsday

What is Bloomsday? June 16 is the day the world celebrates James Joyce and his literary masterpiece, Ulysses. The celebration is called “Bloomsday” after one of the main characters, Leopold Bloom. As the residence of the complete manuscript of Ulysses, the Rosenbach has celebrated Bloomsday for more than 20 years. The main event features readings from Ulysses, …

Finnegans Wake Reading Group [REGISTRATION CLOSED]

Date / Time

  • October 8, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 12, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 10, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 11, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 8, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 13, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Once James Joyce had finished Ulysses, he embarked on “Work in Progress,” the project that would occupy him for the remaining seventeen years of his writing life. Finally titled Finnegans Wake when it was published in 1939, the book has since been recognized as the most challenging, inventive, playful, polyglot book of the twentieth century.






James Joyce and his feline friends

With June 16 merely days away, we’re getting serious about Bloomsday here at the Rosenbach. Certainly more serious than Ulysses: this novel may contain passages of great beauty, but it also contains moments of great silliness. Consider “Calypso,” the fourth chapter and the reader’s first introduction to Leopold Bloom. “Calypso” features many of the themes and literary techniques that established …

Course: Ulysses by James Joyce (Sundays)

Date / Time

  • October 1, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 5, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 3, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 7, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • February 4, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 4, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 1, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 6, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 3, 2018
    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 11, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • November 8, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • December 13, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • January 10, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • February 14, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 14, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 11, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 9, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • June 13, 2018
    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.