Episode Summary

Per vias rectas! Mr. Deasy's origins - revealed! Kelly and Dermot dive into Joyce's real life acquaintances and experiences that inspired the gruff headmaster Mr. Deasy in Ulysses' second episode, "Nestor." Topics covered include why Mr. Deasy is so concerned about foot and mouth disease, the relative rebelliousness of voting in favor of the Union and why Mr. Deasy seems to be unaware of his own history, even though he's so proud of it. 

Episode Notes

Per vias rectas! Mr. Deasy's origins - revealed! Kelly and Dermot dive into Joyce's real life acquaintances and experiences that inspired the gruff headmaster Mr. Deasy in Ulysses' second episode, "Nestor." Topics covered include why Mr. Deasy is so concerned about foot and mouth disease, the relative rebelliousness of voting in favor of the Union and why Mr. Deasy seems to be unaware of his own history, even though he's so proud of it. 

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Further Reading:

D’Arcy, A.M. (2014). Dindsenchas, Mr Deasy and the Nightmare of Partition in Ulysses. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 114C, 1-31. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/y23sndpr

Ellmann, R. (1959). James Joyce. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gifford, D., & Seidman, R. J. (1988). Ulysses annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Gogarty, O. (1948). Mourning became Mrs. Spendlove and other portraits grave and gay. New York: Creative Age Press.

Killeen, T. (2001, April 14). Foot-and-mouth-and-Joyce. The Irish Times. Retrieved from https://www.irishtimes.com/news/foot-and-mouth-and-joyce-1.301729

Nicholson, R. (2015). The Ulysses guide: tours through Joyce’s Dublin. Dublin: New Island Books.

Norburn, R. (2004). A James Joyce chronology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/y55v6e3p

Historic photo of Dalkey from the National Library of Ireland archives. Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/y3zklsgf

James Joyce Online notes on Francis Irwin and Mr. Deasy: http://www.jjon.org/jioyce-s-people/irwin 

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