The events described in the most important and most controversial 20th century novel in English all take place on one single day, 16 June 1904 in Dublin. For some, James Joyce's Ulysses is the greatest single masterpiece of modernist literature. For others, it is an unreadable monster. Staff and students of the Department of English have set themselves the formidable task of proving that this is not the case. On 16 and 17 June 2003, they will be reading the entire novel in one mammoth session, starting (like the novel itself) at 8 a.m. and carrying on till the early hours of the next day. The (initial) venues are the foyer and common room of the Department of English and American Studies, University of Heidelberg (Kettengasse 22).
The two venues (required because some chapters of the novel relate parallel events and are therefore being read at the same time) have been chosen to ensure that "casual customers" can take a snap decision to look in on the reading and can come and go freely. The University and the Department of English extend a cordial invitation to all those intrigued by this experiment, in which both students and staff are equally involved. At 8 p.m. on the first day, the reading switches to the "Romanischer Keller" (on the corner of Kettengasse). At that point fitting (and no doubt urgently required) liquid refreshment will also be provided.
Please address any inquiries to
Prof. Dr. Peter Paul Schnierer
phone: 06221/542812 or 542819
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317