Friday, November 14, 2014

[The shape of 'Cyclops']

Joyce's notes suggest he wanted to survey all the shades of political philosophy with Bloom representing Joyce's own view

the schemata identify the 'technic' here as "Alternating symmetry" or "gigantism" (no explicit mention of literary parodies). the symmetrical alternations presumably imply giant-midget-giant-midget, which naturally tends to mutt-jeff humor.

the 1st outline treats almost exclusively the last 10 pages, with the choreography of exits and entrances of primary interest: [cite]
  1. Religion-- Saints (Isle of)
  2. Whipping [p315, British discipline]
  3. Arrival Lenehan + John Nolan [p311]
  4. Alaki [p320]
  5. Exit of Bloom [p319]
  6. Virag Discussion [p323]
  7. Arrival Martin [p322]
  8. Saints [p324]
  9. Return Bloom [p326]
  10. Discussion Jews [p327]
  11. Finale
  1. already in BK's: Terry O'Ryan, Bob Doran, the citizen, Garryowen
  2. arrival of Joe Hynes, Nameless
  3. arrival of Alf Bergan
  4. Breens pass by
  5. arrival of Bloom
  6. arrival of JJ O'Molloy, Ned Lambert
  7. Breens and Corny pass by
  8. arrival of John Wyse Nolan, Lenehan
  9. exit of Bloom
  10. arrival of Martin Cunningham, Jack Power, Crofton
  11. return of Bloom
  12. exit of Martin Cunningham, Jack Power, Crofton, Bloom
Early list of characters (italics = dropped): J.J. O'Molloy, Lenehan, Stephen Dedalus, Ned Lambert, Bloom, Corny Kelleher, Denis Breen, Mrs Breen (b. Powell), Richie Goulding, Alf Bergan, Citizen Cusack, Martin Cunningham, Mr Power, Leary the dog, Sir Fred. Falkiner, Seymour Bushe
Josie's maiden name isn't mentioned in this episode, nor either of Michael Cusack's.

alternating spans of mostly antique (lt blue) or mostly journalism (yellow), but also bits of: legal, spiritualist, medical, sentimental, child's, parliamentary, etc (if we look ahead to episode 14, we'll be getting a full timeline of english literary style parodies-- would these have fit there too? are they less than literary? are the antique and the journalistic opposites, or twins?)

right-to-left, top-to-bottom
mostly antique, no journalism:

33-51: "For non-perishable goods... assigns of the other part" -The style is that of a legal document in a civil suit for nonpayment of debts.

68-99: antique "In Inisfail the fair... raspberries from their canes"- Parodies the style of nineteenth-century translations and revisions of Irish poetry, myth, and legend. This passage makes specific use of phrases from James Clarence Mangan's translation of 'Aldfrid's Itinerary' and in general lampoons the style of works such as Lady Gregory's Gods and Fighting Men (1904).

102-117: antique "And by that way wend... agate with the dun" - Continues the parody of Irish-revival legendry.

151-205: antique "The figure seated... of paleolithic stone" -This description of the 'Irish hero' further parodies late-19thC reworking of Irish legend, and it obviously owes a debt of 'gigantism' to Homer's description of Polyphemus, the Cyclops in Book 9 of The Odyssey.

215-217: antique "Who comes through... the prudent soul" -Continues the parody of reworked Irish legend.

244-248: antique "And lo, as they... fairest of his race" -Continues the parodies of reworked Irish legend.

280-299: antique "Terence O'Ryan... the ruddy and the ethiop" -Continues the parodies of reworked Irish legend intermixed with retold stories from Greek mythology and medieval romance.

338-373: "In the darkness spirit... had given satisfaction"- Parodies a Theosophist's account of a spiritualist seance. The 'scientific' exactitude of some of the phrases ('Communication was effected,'
'It was ascertained,' etc.) lampoons the style of reports published by the Society for Psychical Research in London. The society was founded in 1882 for the purpose of making 'an organized
and systematic attempt to investigate that large group of debatable phenomena designated by such terms as mesmeric, psychical, and spiritualistic'

374-376, 405-406: antique "He is gone... with your whirlwind", "And mournful... beam of heaven" Again parodies reworked Irish legend, the lament for the death of a hero.

446-449: antique "In the dark land... saith the Lord" -Parodies the style of popular 'stories from medieval romance' as well as biblical prose.

468-478: "The distinguished scientist... per diminutionem capitis" -Parodies a medical journal's report of a medical society meeting.

mostly journalism, no antique:

525-678: newspaper "The last farewell was affecting... down Limehouse way" -Parodies a newspaper's feature-story coverage of a large-scale public and social event. This 'account' of the execution of Robert Emmet owes a debt of parody to Washington Irving's (1783-1859) story 'The Broken Heart,' in The Sketch Book (1819-20).

712-747: newspaper "All those who are... After Lowry's lights" - Parodies the style of a newspaper's plug for a theatrical program (not dissimilar to the 'paragraph' Bloom is trying to get to complement Keyes's ad).

785-799: "Let me, said he... me even of speech" -Parodies the dialogue in sentimental-genteel 19thC fiction.

846-849: "Ga Ga Gara... Klook Klook Klook" -Parodies the style of a child's primer.

860-879: "Mr Cowe Conacre... (The house rises. Cheers.)"- Parodies the minutes of proceedings of the House of Commons.

897-938: newspaper "A most interesting discussion... P. Fay, T. Quirke, etc., etc." -Parodies the minutes of a meeting written up as a disguised advertisement of a social or political organization (intended for insertion in the columns of a newspaper).

960-987: newspaper "It was a historic... mobbed him with delight" -Parodies sports journalism.

mostly antique, no journalism again:

1003-1010: antique "Pride of Calpe's... line of Lambert" -Parodies 19thC reworkings of medieval romance.

1111-1140: antique "And whereas on the sixteenth . . . was a malefactor" -Combines parodies of trial records and 'high-classical' Irish legend.

1183-1189, 1210-1214: antique "O'Nolan, clad in . . . of the seadivided Gael",  "He said and then... the deathless gods" -Continues the parody of medieval romance and 'high-classical' Irish legendry.

mostly journalism, no antique again:

1266-1295: newspaper "The fashionable international world . . . in the Black Forest" -Parodies newspaper accounts of important social events, in this case a high-fashion wedding. The parody also owes a debt of allusion to the catalogue of trees in Spenser's The Faerie Queene, a catalogue that has, in its turn literary forebears in Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls (lines 176-82) and in Ovid's Metamorphoses (10:90-105).

1354-1359: "They believe in rod... living and be paid" -Parodies the Apostles' Creed

1438-1464: newspaper "The much-treasured and intricately... rich incrustations of time" -Parodies a newspaper feature-story's description of a medieval tapestry or an illuminated manuscript.

1493-1501: "Love loves to love. . . God loves everybody" -Sentimental adult child-talk.

mostly antique, no journalism again:

1593-1620: antique "Our travellers reached . . . 'Tis a merry rogue" -Parodies the style of late-19thC versions of medieval romance.

1676-1750: "And at the sound of... Christum Dominium Nostrum" -This vision of the Island of Saints and Sages parodies 'church news' accounts of religious festivals, in this case a procession that begins as the ceremonial blessing of a house and inflates to the consecration of a church and ultimately of a cathedral; see 12. 1720-21n.

1772-1782: antique "The milkwhite dolphin tossed... bark clave the waves" -More parody of late-19thC romantic versions of medieval legend.

mostly journalism:

1814-1842: newspaper "A large and appreciative... Gone but not forgotten" -Parodies a newspaper account of the departure of a royal foreign visitor.

1858-1896: newspaper  "The catastrophe was terrific... and F.R.C.S.I." -Parodies a newspaper account of a natural disaster.

1910-1918: antique "When, lo, there came . . . shot off a shovel" -
Parodies biblical prose.

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