Bloom in Circulation

Karen R. Lawrence

in Who's Afraid of James Joyce?

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034775
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038612 | DOI:
Bloom in Circulation

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This chapter is based on a talk delivered at the Dublin symposium of 2000 in which Bloom, traveling homebody and wily commuter, navigates the familiar city terrain. Neither quite European flaneur nor subversive subaltern, Bloom uses his Odyssean metis to chart a tactical course through city streets and novel's pages. Joyce's Ulysses is a novel of walking. In its peripatetic passings, early twentieth-century Dublin is documented. Critics have claimed that city walking characterizes the modernist city novel, constituting its “idiosyncratic features.” This chapter considers the art of walking in Ulysses, particularly as practiced by Leopold Bloom, in relation to the figure of the flaneur. This text also focuses on Joyce's use of nostalgia in the Homeric sense of a longing for “home,” as it applies to both Bloom's minicirculation through Dublin and the representation of Dublin in Ulysses.

Keywords: Dublin symposium; Bloom; European flaneur; Odyssean metis; Ulysses

Chapter.  4449 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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