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Bloomsday
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1327  Monday, 21 June 2004

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Jun 2004 20:02:07 +0100
Subject: 15.1306 Bloomsday
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1306 Bloomsday

 >... and Bloom/Shakespeare parallels, too.  Not for nothing
 >Stephen/Hamlet is presented as the "son" of Bloom/Shakespeare. And, at
 >the most exciting ending of the Second Chapter, in Bloom's eyes the
 >image of Stephen generates or conjures that of Bloom's lost child, Rudy,
 >who appears as if he were not the little baby of eleven months he was
 >when he died, but a boy of eleven - the same age Shakespeare's  son,
 >Hamnet, was when he died.

Thanks, Lucia. I want to read Ulysses again now.  I read it once in my
twenties and once in my thirties, so I'll have to hurry if I want to
squeeze a reading into my forties.

I must say I found the Hamlet discussion a bit pretentious (I much
prefer being in Bloom's company to being in Stephen's), but Chapter 10
is stunning.  The same idea as Rashomon, except it predates the movie by
35 years.

Peter Bridgman

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