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Ulysses: Part Two

Wednesday 16 June 2004 20:20-20:40 (Radio 3)

Today, the sixteenth of June, is the one hundredth anniversary of 'Bloomsday', the day on which James Joyce set Ulysses, perhaps the most important novel of the twentieth century. To celebrate that anniversary, three Joyce enthusiasts revisit the book and its author.

Duration:

20 minutes

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2. Modern in spite of itself

James Joyce's Ireland seems to be a backward British colony on the far western fringe of Europe. In the twenty-first century it is of course a bastion of modernity, but Professor Declan Kiberd suggests it was always so. One hundred years ago, however, the modern impulse in Ireland had to be disguised by dressing it up in the trappings of the past, so James Joyce's most modern of novels was disguised by cloaking it in the most ancient of Greek myths.




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