The Brazen Head

 Have a seat at the bar, and while I pour you a pint, let me explain the purpose of this site. At the Brazen Head, you will find a ball of electronic twine to aid you in your travels through the labyrinth of Dedalus. Here you will find information and resources on Joyce and his works, links to other Joyce sites across the Web, and miscellaneous Joycean tidbits. It is my intention to create a comfortable spot where long time enthusiasts of Joyce and those just beginning to read his work may visit and kick back to enjoy exploring the world of this delightfully mad Irishman.
Below you will find the menu; first, the special features, followed by notes on new realeases. After that you will find links into the many areas of the Brazen Head, from beginner’s guides to academic papers. Enjoy your stay, and come back as often as you wish!

Headlines Film, Books & Music Joyce Events & Misc.

Portrait of the Daughter – 8 March 04, Newsweek. Tara Pepper on Lucia Joyce and Calico.

Colum McCann on Doyle – 12 Feb 04, IT. Column McCann sets the record straight on the Doyle/Ulysses flap.

Kevin Myers on Ulysses – 11 Feb 04, IT. Kevin Myers slags Ulysses and the Joyce estate.

Joyce to the World – A documentary on Bloomsday.

Bloomsday Cabaret – A new documentary on Joyce and music.

Nora DVD – The film about Joyce and his wife Nora, starring Ewan McGregor is now on DVD.

New Modern Word forum! – Come discuss James Joyce and our other featured writers at our new forum, The Fictional Woods.

Have any Joycean events or information you’d like to see listed? Please notify us through email!

A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake
Joseph Campbell’s classic text is reprinted!
Naxos Unabridged Ulysses
27 hours on 22 CDs, read by Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan. Reviewed here!
Joyces Mistakes
A review of Tim Conley’s examination of error, misreading, and irony.

Whom will comes over. And howelse do we hook our hike to find that pint of porter place?
So who am I, your humble barman? And why exactly is this place called the Brazen Head? Herein lies the tale. . . .

Come up, Kinch. Come up you fearful Jesuit
(Biography and Chronology)
See that picture hanging over the bar? That’s the founder and Patron Saint of this little pub, and I’m always glad to tell you all about him. (But until I finish a biography of my own, you’ll have to be content with a pair of sketches I borrowed from someone else!)

Book through eternity junction
(Bibliography & Notes for Beginners)
Welcome to the Common Room, the heart of the Brazen Head. Here you will find a complete bibliography of Joyce’s works, each with a synopsis and a brief review. This section also includes an essay on Joyce, some words on his narrative technique, and some very helpful advice for the first-time reader.

The books he received for review were almost more welcome than the paltry cheque
Did you know that H.G. Wells reviewed Portrait? Here you can hear what oldtimers had to say about the works of James Joyce, and catch up on what today’s regulars are saying about the many books about Joyce.

I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries
(Academic Criticism, Guides & Books about Joyce)
Past the Common Room lies the Back Room, where clouds of smoke swirl around some very lively conversation! Here you will find many discussions about Joyce and his work, from guides and annotations to in-depth analysis and criticism. As usual, I have provided brief reviews of the more common works.

Flinging phrases here, there
A few things overheard over billiards, or: Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? A list of famous quotations, both from his life and his work, as well as a few interesting comments made about Joyce by other notables.

Tuck up your sleeves and loosen your talktapes
(Joyce on Audio Tape)
Did you ever try to shut an Irishman up? Get ready to hear some Joyce spoken out loud, the way it should be. Here you will find a catalog of Joyce “Books-on-Tape” with some reviews and additional useful information.

And roll away the reel world, the reel world, the reel world!
(Joyce on Film)
If you get tired of all the music and chatter, you can always relax at the Brazen Volta: a little theatre out back where you can catch a few movies made about Joyce’s work and life. Mind your hats goan in!

As good as any bloody play in the Queen’s royal theatre
(Joyce in Theater – Plays & Musicals)
The funny thing is, there’s been many more theatrical adaptations based on Joyce’s fiction than there’s been productions of Exiles, his only surviving play. Here you’ll find notes on live performances and Dead musicals.

The finnecies of poetry wed music: BRONZE BY GOLD
(Joyce in Music)
What’s a pub without a little music? Many works of music, both orchestral and pop, have been inspired by Joyce or make allusions to his work. “Bronze by Gold” is a sister site to the Brazen Head, a resource detailing Joyce-influenced artists from John Cage to Syd Barrett and featuring liner notes, lyrics, reviews, and online CD purchasing.

Ineluctable modality of the visible
What else did you expect to see hanging on the wall? A gallery of Joycean images, including paintings, photographs, and cartoons; some tweaked by a computer to produce some unusual effects.

The last word in stolentelling!
Joyce, like Guinness, is often an acquired taste, but once you get it, you spread the gospel far and wide. References to Joyce in fiction, cinema, and philosophy, from the Illuminatus! Trilogy to Camille Paglia. Includes a poem by Jorge Luis Borges.

That ideal reader suffering from the ideal insomnia
(Online Papers & Essays)
The largest collection of links to online papers and essays about Joyce and his works available on the Web; including a few pinned exclusively to the walls of this Pub.

Speak to us of Emailia
(Joyce Online Communities: Reading Groups, Mailing Lists & Newsgroups)
The community bulletin board is hanging over by the fireplace: Instructions for getting on Joyce-related Internet communities, many of which conduct group-readings of his work.

Who ever anywhere will read these written words?
(The Brazen Head Bookstore)
Welcome to the Brazen Head’s bookstore! The most comprehensive catalog of Joyce works and Joyce-related titles, films, and books-on-tape you will find on the Web, directly available for ordering online through You may also look for out-of-print and rare editions here.

In painted chambers loaded with tilebooks
(Offsite Links)
The back door – a vast constellation of links to Joyce organizations, Joycean Web sites, and electronic texts.

Ask no questions and you’ll hear no lies.
(FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions)
Do you have a question about James Joyce, this Web site, or the fellow who runs it? Try the Brazen Head FAQ file first.

In deerhaven, imbraced, alleged, injoynted and unlatched, the birds, tommelise too, quail silent.
Send email to the Great Quail – comments, suggestions, corrections, criticisms, submissions . . . all are welcome.

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