The Joyce experience is especially rewarding in a reading group environment.
Everybody’s knowledge, no matter how specialized or obscure, is invariably brought to bear during discussion, and active and inquisitive participation from “beginners” has always been an essential part of the group’s success. Newcomers, veterans, late-comers, early-leavers, the timid, the talkative – all are welcome and encouraged to join us as often or sporadically as they like. Everyone, no matter how green is brought up to speed, and for the truly unprepared, copies of the texts we’ll be discussing are always made available each week.
Over the years, JoyceGroup Santa Fe has made its way through all of Joyce’s major works at least twice, except Finnegans Wake of course, which we started reading about 20 years ago, and are about two-thirds of the way through. Presently we’re spending the first couple of hours with Stephen Hero (an early version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and then top it off at noon with an hour-or-so of Finnegan.
You can read more about our history here, and you can get an idea of the pace we work at by viewing our chronology.
Our next meeting:
Where: Planet Earth
(When the pandemic pushed us online back in March 2020, “JoyceGroup Santa Fe” quickly became a rather quaint misnomer. We now have members joining us from as far as New York, Seattle, Germany – even occasional insomniacs from as far as Sydney and Saigon have chimed in – basically anyone with sufficient bandwidth to livestream can join us from anywhere on or near Planet Earth they happen to be. So if you’re interested, please feel welcome to fill out the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll send you the relevant info.)
When: Saturday June 10, 2022, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm U.S.A. Mountain Time
(“Mountain Standard” is our time zone here in New Mexico, U.S.A. – be sure and translate that to wherever you hail from.)
Where we are in the books:
Chapter XXV (p. 203):
“The next time Stephen met Emma in the street she did not salute him.”
p. 551, line 24 from the top:
“And I built in Urbs in Rure, for minne elskede, my shiny brows, under astrolobe from my upservatory…”