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Window on Collections: Ulysses

24 February 2022, 6:30pm8:00pm
BookingsBookings required
Location Conversation Quarter
State Library Victoria

Drawing upon James Joyce’s innate sense of humour, this Window on Collections event will explore the reasons why so many readers enjoy Ulysses and its exaggerated parody of people, politics, cultural mores and gender.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion hosted by Dr Kevin Molloy, Principal Librarian Victorian and Australian Collections, and guest Dr Frances Devlin-Glass as they interpret Ulysses through the lens of identity, diversity, ethnicity, and belonging. 

About the book 

James Joyce’s Ulysses is one of the great novels of twentieth-century modernist literature. Formerly banned in Australia from 1929 to 1937 and again from 1941 to the early 1970s, Ulysses is renowned for its parodies and allusions, experimental language, sexual frankness and extraordinary range of thinking. Exploring life in a single day of its central character, Ulysses, is, above all, a very funny novel. 

About Frances Devlin-Glass 

Dr Frances OAM has been reading Joyce since 1968 and teaching his novels since 1980. She is the founding Creative Director of Bloomsday in Melbourne, which annually mounts theatre productions on different aspects of Joyce’s life and works, winning acclaim as one of the foremost Bloomsday’s globally. She is an Honorary Associate Professor at Deakin University. 

About Window on Collections   

For 165 years, State Library Victoria has collected books, maps, ephemera, objects and artworks on almost every subject you can think of, with a special focus on Victoria. The State Collection includes almost 5.5 million items which provide a vital window into the past and record of contemporary life. 

Window on Collections is our new series of displays and events that give you a glimpse of what we’re collecting and why. 

Planning your visit

Visitors over the age of 12 years and two months will need to check in using the Service Victoria app and will be asked to provide proof of vaccination, either with a digital certificate linked to the Service Vic app or a printed copy of their vaccination certificate along with identification. Read more about a COVID-safe Library