Weaving a Textual Web: Homer, Joyce, and Molly Calypso Penelope Bloom


  • Patrick O‘Neill Queen's University




In James Joyce’s Ulysses, numerous playful allusions to Homer’s Odyssey are combined with a variety of onomastic and etymological games that invite consideration especially of the portrayal of Molly Bloom and her husband Leopold Bloom.

Author Biography

  • Patrick O‘Neill, Queen's University

    Patrick O'Neill is an Irish-born professor emeritus of German at Queen's University in Canada. He has written widely on German, English, and comparative literature as well as on aspects of narrative theory and translation studies. His more recent books include Impossible Joyce: Finnegans Wakes (2013), Transforming Kafka: Translation Effects (2014), and Trilingual Joyce: The Anna Livia Variations (2018). The paper “Weaving a Textual Web” was first presented in June 2019 during Bloomsday celebrations at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói.


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How to Cite

O‘Neill, P. (2021). Weaving a Textual Web: Homer, Joyce, and Molly Calypso Penelope Bloom. ABEI Journal, 23(1), 97-108. https://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v23i1.192598