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Audio walking tour in Joyce’s Paris

Post date: Friday 4 Feb 2022

How did Paris influence the final stages of Ulysses?

How did Paris influence the final stages of Ulysses? As we celebrate the centenary of the publication of Ulysses in Paris, this commissioned audio tour looks at the importance of public space to Joyce, who had to negotiate it with very poor eyesight, and how our movement through the city can bring us closer to the ideas in the book. Sound artist and composer Rachel Ní Chuinn teamed up with Joycean scholars Declan Kiberd, Barry McCrea and Katherine O'Callaghan to help answer these questions.

The places and addresses that are evoked in the audio work are rue de l'Assomption, Joyce’s first real residence in Paris; Passy; square de Robiac, where the Joyce family lived for longest; 9 rue de l'Université, the site of the original Hotel Lenox where the family stayed from time to time; 29 rue du Cherche-Midi, where Joyce’s optician Dr Louis Borsch practiced; place du 18 juin 1940, the site of his favourite restaurant Les Trianons; 8 rue Dupuytren, original location of Sylvia Beach's Shakespeare & Co; 12 rue de l'Odéon, later address of Beach's Shakespeare & Co; 71 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, where Joyce finished writing Ulysses in Valéry Larbaud's apartment. Another location of significance is the statue of Sainte Geneviève at the Pont
de la Tournelle.

Rachel penned the poem below, to read if you want, before journeying with her through the streets of Paris from wherever you are sitting now!