Celebrating Bloomsday

Today is Bloomsday, a commemoration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce. Today will feature celebrations of the events of his novel Ulysses, which was set on June 16.

Earlier this year, Bryony Randall, a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, took a close look at the the history of novels which focused on the action of just a single day, like Ulysses. Her essay was published in the journal New Literary History, and she joined our podcast series to discuss her essay and just what makes the one-day novel a draw for some people.