I was awake for my entire Joyce class today, which is worth something. I'm really not into it, though.
Our writing assignment for next week is to write briefly (<250 words) on the opening paragraph of Chapter 3 (in which we meet Mr Leopold Bloom for the first time). I have done the reading (ch's 3&4) and have absolutely nothing to say. Part of this is my usual failure at being an English major and part of this is that I have no investment in any of the characters in the novel.
We are also shocked (sarcasm) that the style is so not my thing. The prof posited that without Ulysses there would be no Wasteland; I like "The Wasteland," so I this actually garners some sympathy from me. However, the other "Without Joyce we likely wouldn't have..." (incl. Woolf, Nabokov, Faulkner) did not fill me with appreciation, 'cause this difficult stream-of-consciousness style has never been my cuppa. (I wouldn't think to lump Nabokov in with that crew, but I wasn't a fan of Lolita, so I have no problem dismissing him along with the rest of them.)
Before we started Ulysses, the prof warned us that Blamires overstates the Christian connections. Already in Portrait I had felt like the prof was dwelling on the autobiographical stuff way too much (and this isn't so much me being pomo as me just not caring); I continue to feel this way with his teaching of Ulysses, but in reading the Blamires I don't feel an excess of Christian connections in his commentary at all. Of course, he could argue Christian connections for every single line of Ulysses and while I would recognize that as overkill I would nonetheless be loving it, because the Bible is one of those texts I love engaging with.
I worry about taking a class next semester since I'm feeling so academically inadequate, but I want to take a Religion course (am currently undecided as to the wisdom of taking two courses in a term) and hopefully I'll be more into/better at that.
I'll probably take World Religions or A Thematic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Reformation Europe is tempting 'cause Protestant Reformation = love, though it being on a Saturday is a damper. And despite myself, there are appealing English department offerings -- Shakespeare and Modern Culture primarily. I in no way hide the fact that I am an incurable dork.
in my head:
i fight with love
and i laugh with rage
you gotta live light enough
to see the humor
and long enough to see some change
Even underlining Nabokov
When I am not in love, in love
By the way, does anyone have ani's "fourth of july" on mp3? The one I downloaded via a frankenmix is a live version I don't much like.