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.

The Many Bans of Ulysses

Joyceans and longtime Rosenbach friends are well-acquainted with the history of how James Joyce’s Ulysses ran afoul of the Comstock Law, which prohibited use of the postal service to mail “obscene” literature among other things. The magazine The Little Review, which published the first chapters of Ulysses serially up until the “Nausicaa” episode in 1921, was brought …

Re-Joyce: The Rosenbach Celebrates James Joyce with its Annual Bloomsday Festival

The Rosenbach 2008-2010 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103 Contact: Sara Davis Phone: 215-732-1600 x 132 Email: [email protected] Re-Joyce: The Rosenbach Celebrates James Joyce with its Annual Bloomsday Festival PHILADELPHIA, April 27, 2017—June 16 is observed around the world as a celebration of James Joyce and his epic Ulysses, a novel that has been called everything from …

5 Questions with Kermit Roosevelt

A series of informal, intimate talks given by literary and cultural luminaries, In Conversation with the Rosenbach delves into fascinating histories, intellectual curiosities, and inspiring ideas. Each program offers the audience a chance to join the conversation after the talk and share their own thoughts and questions. Join us April 19 to hear constitutional scholar …

Bloomsday 2017

Date / Time

  • June 16, 2017
    12:00 pm - 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.

Hands-On Tour: James Joyce & Irish Authors

Date / Time

  • March 17, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Rosenbach is well known for the works of James Joyce and Bram Stoker, but the “English Literature” collections include many other notable Irish authors as well. In addition to Ulysses and Dracula, we’ll read and handle works by some of these others, and look at their connections and influences extending from Thomas Jefferson to Moby Dick to the Internet.