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Recommended Reading, Events, and Web Sites
Watch this space for a comprehensive listing of online and offline resources for Joyce-related audio, video, music, cinema, theater, print, multimedia, and more. In the meantime, below you will find some Web sites that are well worth a visit.
Read about this 26-minute documentary on the Hungarian-Jewish origins of Leopold Bloom by Budapest-born filmmaker Csilla Toldy.
The film was shot in Hungary and Ireland on Bloomsday 2007, and is available for sale online in DVD format — a 1-minute sample video clip is provided here.
The James Joyce Centre: Located in the "heart of the Hibernian metropolis," this Dublin institution hosts an extensive program of films, lectures, walking tours, and other events related to the city's most famous writer. This year, of course, it is ground zero for the worldwide Bloomday 2004 centenary celebrations. The Centre recently released a CD titled Classical Joyce: A Musical Odyssey through James Joyce's Masterpiece — a compilation of performances of operatic and symphonic music mentioned by Joyce in Ulysses, including works by Verdi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and many others. Please visit the Centre's Web site for information on ordering the CD.
Bronze by Gold: A "Joycean Saloon" and part of The Brazen Head (a major portal to a universe of Joyceana), this site is devoted to exploring music inspired by James Joyce, from classical to rock and everything in between.
A massive (1,100 pages) literary rumination, in French, by Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, one of Québec's best-known and most prolific authors. In this book-length essay, the author explores the cultural and historical similarities and differences between Québec and Ireland and ties them together through a re-discovery of Joyce and language. Published in 2006 by Éditions Trois-Pistoles.
Bloomsday Cabaret: Film-site of Canadian documentary maker Rosemary House, who tells the story of music in the life and literature of James Joyce in this soon-to-be-released film. A QuickTime movie trailer was recently posted on the site.
Irish filmmaker Sean Walsh's promotional site for his recently released cinematic interpretation of Joyce's "unfilmable" book, Ulysses.
See this one-woman performance of the most famous monologue in literature at New York's Bleeker Street Theatres:
19th January - 23rd February, 2008
Sensuous, compelling, and funny, this soliloquy is the only time in Joyce's seminal novel where Molly's voice is heard directly. In it, we hear the otherwise silent character bare her soul on life, love, sex, and loneliness. A must-see for fans of James Joyce, literature and independent women everywhere! Directed by Liam Carney.
A fascinating account of the author's adventure as a sail-trainee aboard the three-masted Jeanie Johnston, a replica of one of the 19th-century Famine ships that brought emigrants from Ireland to the shores of Québec. This journal helps readers experience first-hand what life was like — for both passengers and crew — aboard one of these historic vessels.
Three Monkeys Online: A monthly online publication on current affairs and culture, written by teams based in Ireland, Italy, and Spain. The site has a recent article — "James Joyce's Ulysses: Why the Fuss?" — in which author Mark Harkin interviews Senator David Norris on Joyce and the Bloomsday Centenary.
Round the House: Marvelous Tucson-based quartet that plays and records "pure drop" (authentic) traditional Irish music like they were natives of the Emerald Isle. Their recordings are available for sale at the Web site, which features some sound clips from the discs.
Irish Music Magazine: Online version of a publication devoted to (mostly) traditional Irish music, including information on sessions, recordings, and related events worldwide.
More to come...
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