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Karen R. Lawrence

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034775

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034775.001.0001

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“Twenty Pockets Arent Enough For Their Lies”

“Twenty Pockets Arent Enough For Their Lies”

Pocketed Objects as Props of Bloom’s Masculinity in Ulysses

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Who's Afraid of James Joyce?

Karen R. Lawrence

University Press of Florida

“Twenty Pockets,” delivered at the International James Joyce Symposium in Rome in 1998, “picks” Bloom's pockets: it analyzes the way the male suit helps Bloom consolidate his bourgeois masculine image of self-possession and restraint, allowing him to compartmentalize his desires in the various pockets of his attire. Again in ritualized performances, Bloom hoards, exchanges, fondles and protects objects of desire in the repositories of privacy provided by the pockets of his suit as he circulates through the streets of Dublin. Pockets are temporary havens for the characters' private property as they navigate their way through the city streets. In a way, all the small objects that Bloom carries in his pockets are amulets, for pockets in Ulysses are reservoirs of possessions and self-possession, the daily arsenals with which the male characters leave their houses, armed for circulation in society.

Keywords:   Twenty Pockets, James Joyce Symposium, Rome, Bloom, Dublin streets

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