Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach: Robert Berry on Ulysses

Robert Berry Ulysses
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Date / Time

  • September 25, 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


“Well, one should read it aloud, preferably with a Dublin accent. And if that won’t work, then they should simply change their drink.”

James Joyce doesn’t make things easy. Dashes instead of quotations, a free use of italics, the swirling and difficult to sort varies in narrative voices; the author had a singular and very unique conception of the reading experience and how to capture it on the page and it often provides a layer of difficulty for first time readers. But once you can crack the code it becomes much easier to “hear the book in your head”.

About the Speaker

Robert Berry is currently teaching the Wednesday Night course on Ulysses at the Rosenbach.

Cartoonist and Joyce scholar Robert Berry, author of ULYSSES “seen”,  has been working for years on adapting the many voices and narrative style of the novel for comics and staged readings. He’ll share some of his experience here and give us some tips, clues, or other wild notions for pulling the wonderful language of this most modern of novels right from the page and into your head.


Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach are sponsored by Lenore Steiner and Perry Lerner.

About Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach

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