Seminar 2017: Sniffing Around Joyce’s Dublin

The annual Bloomsday in Melbourne Seminar for 2017

When: at 3.30pm for 4.00pm on Friday 16 June.

Where: The upstairs room at Mamma Vittoria’s Restaurant, 343 Smith St. Fitzroy (about 300 metres, or a 5-minute walk downhill to the Melba Spiegeltent)

Getting There: Bus: 200, 201, 203, 205 or 207 to the corner of Wellington St/Johnston St
Tram: 86 tram to stop 19 (Johnston St/Smith St)
Train: Victoria Park station


Meet the Seminarians & their Topics

Steve Carey: ‘ Joyce’s Organ Works – Making Scents of ‘Ulysses’

James Joyce’s literary masterpiece IS to be sniffed at. Despite its status as the ‘Cinderella sense,’ smell is in fact the most evocative. And Joyce is one of the few authors to give it its due: Joyce picks his nose – and runs with it. Steve Carey talks illuminatingly about the world of smell and world of smells in Ulysses. But be warned… this talk may kick up a stink!


Dr. Steve Carey is, like Joyce, an ex-Catholic eldest son of a father from Dublin and a mother from the west of Ireland. He trained to become a priest, completed a D. Phil. at Oxford under Richard Ellmann, became a magazine editor and publisher, and is now a Clinical Hypnotherapist and runs a school teaching people to become Hypnotherapists.



Frances Devlin-Glass: ‘Led by the Nose: the Uses of Smell in Ulysses

Joyce demonstrates the ‘meticulosity of the insane’ in documenting smell in Ulysses, a fact noted by only two scholars. As well as doing with smell what contemporary naturalistic writers (mainly continentental) were doing, odours (sweet and savoury)  take Joyce deeply into place and memory, and into discussion about the body and what was previously unspeakable. Most interestingly, it takes Joyce into the territory newly colonised by late nineteenth-century sexology, and musty body smells become a strangely perverse bedfellow on Bloom’s return to his marital bed.

Dr. Frances Devlin-Glass is an Honorary Associate Professor of Deakin University and has taught Ulysses to generations of students and adult learners since the early 1980s. She was a founder of Bloomsday in Melbourne in 1994, and has had a strong role in almost every script produced for Bloomsday in Melbourne, an avocation she finds a delightful way of continuing to investigate Joyce’s works. She’s also produced many scholarly articles on Joyce.


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