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CFP: Reading Joyce’s ‘Aeolus’, 2 March 2019, IES, London

CFP: Reading Joyce’s ‘Aeolus’

London: Saturday, 2 March 2019

Of the 18 episodes of James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), ‘Aeolus’ has claims to be among the most neglected. Conspicuously revised after its first appearance in The Little Review in October 1918, it belongs exclusively neither with the opening chapters of Joyce’s novel nor with the more radically experimental narratives of the later episodes. In this way, it presents a textual curiosity in the book, long overdue critical reappraisal.

This workshop, a collaboration between the James Joyce reading groups at the University of Leeds and the Charles Peake Ulysses reading group, hosted by the Institute of English Studies at Senate House, aims to offer new perspectives on this all too easily overlooked episode.

We welcome papers that focus on this episode exclusively, or explore its relationship with other chapters of the novel, or the rest of Ulysses more broadly, or other texts besides. Possible paper topics include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Newspapers, popular media, and advertising
  • Technology, trams, telegraphs, and printing presses
  • Parnellism, the Irish language question, and political history
  • Alcohol, socialising, and homosocial spaces
  • Geography, city planning, urban infrastructure, architecture, and mapping
  • Minor and ‘real-world’ characters
  • The Little Review: adaptation, revision, and annotation

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length. 250-word abstracts and brief biographies should be sent to the organisers, Helen Saunders ( and Steven Morrison ( by 30 November 2018.

When: Saturday 2 March 2019

Where: Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

Reading Joyce’s ‘Aeolus’ (URL)

Reading Joyce’s ‘Aeolus’ (PDF)