Saturday, November 12, 2005

What good are Joycean Scholars?

Careful, now. It's a loaded question.

I don't believe that the cure for cancer or the definitive map to world peace is to be found in ULYSSES.

So what good does studying the works of a dead man do for humankind?

Well, for starters, that's what we humans do. Scholarship is a glorious human activity. We wouldn't be homo sapiens without the sapiens part. And of course, to understand ULYSSES requires a heck of lot of that sapien stuff, more than some people have.

Viva la les them Joycean Scholars!


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