Martello tower, photo by Erik Simpson

Inside Leopold Bloom

"Inside Leopold Bloom" is a circular essay about Ulysses and Inside Llewyn Davis. You can choose any of four starting points for the essay below.

Be warned, however, that the essay does not end, so as a practical matter, you may want to set aside an infinite amount of time to finish it before you choose to begin.

Here are your choices:

The Cat
The Cat, image by Erik Simpson
Cat is tac spelled backwards!
The Lion
The Lion, image by Erik Simpson
The actual lion that March comes in like
The Black Dot
The Black Dot, image by Erik Simpson
How much more black could it be?
The Portal of Discovery
The Portal of Discovery, image by Erik Simpson
Make no mistake

Works Cited

Blamires, Harry. The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses. 3rd ed. Routledge, 1996.
Coen, Ethan, and Joel Coen. Inside Llewyn Davis. Drama, Music, 2014.
Furness, Hannah. "The New Superstar at Cannes: A Ginger Tom Cat." Accessed June 27, 2014.
Gifford, Don, and Robert J. Seidman. Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses. Second revised edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
Gordon, John. "‘Mkgnao! Mrkgnao! Mrkgrnao!’: The Pussens Perplex." In Bloomsday 100: Essays on Ulysses, edited by Beja, Morris and Fogarty, Anne. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009.
Rando, David. "The Cat’s Meow: Ulysses, Animals, and the Veterinary Gaze." James Joyce Quarterly 46, no. 3 (2009): 529–43.
Rose, Steve. "Inside Llewyn Davis: Follow the Cat." The Guardian, January 16, 2014, sec. Film.
Staten, Henry. "The Decomposing Form of Joyce’s Ulysses." PMLA 112, no. 3 (May 1, 1997): 380–92 .
Wainwright, Tim. "What’s Really Going On With the Cat in Inside Llewyn Davis: A Theory." The Atlantic, December 23, 2013.