Bloomsday's Annual Seminar and Lunch 2018: James Joyce, Obstetrics and Parody
Dr James King, who himself studied obstetrics at the very hospital which is the setting of Joyce's chapter 14, will talk about Joyce's forensic treatment in Chapter 14 of fertilisation, contraception, venereal disease, artificial insemination, pregnancy, abortion and birth. Some are dealt with with deadly seriousness; some are hauntingly tragic; and others are downright hilarious. Did the knowledge gained as a medical student in Dublin and Paris give Joyce special insight into these life events, or is this just another example of his extraordinary encyclopaedic virtuosity?
Philip Harvey takes a different tack in discussing parody. From the moment Buck Mulligan intones words of the Latin Mass on page 1, the reader of Ulysses is alert to parody. Not only does the author relish the opportunity to parody whatever comes his way, so do many of his characters. Dublin is a place riddled with parodists. Parodies Lost and Found influence our appreciation of daily life in the city, whether to make fun, make time, or make a point. By the time we reach the episode in the National Maternity Hospital we are well softened up for a full-scale parodic take on English Literature, even the course of English itself. The paper pays attention to Joyce’s many uses of parody, which are never there for their own sake, but always to serve his artistic purposes.
With the erudite Professor Barry Jones in the chair, who also knows and admires Joyce, it promises to be a lively discussion.
You can attend the seminar and book separately for the seminar or you can kick on with the Joyce community and purchase a seminar and meal package. Go to https://www.bloomsdayinmelbourne.org.au/events