In the 1961
edition which I give preference, it goes from page 666 to page 737.
In the On
Line edition provided it goes from page 874 to page 975.
The same is also
provided as an e-book, pages are the same.
You can also go to the Joyce
Project and press Ithaca. You will find there 40 notes about Ithaca.
It is advisable to take a look also
at Schmoop (Shmoop Editorial Team. "Ulysses
Episode 17: Ithaca Summary." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc.,
11 Nov. 2008. Web. 4 Oct. 2015.).
This is obviously the preliminaries
to the adultery and the famous monologue and the "Yes", and perhaps
it is James Joyce own view as a man of what might led a woman to act like that.
One very interesting detail, that is not commented by neither and maybe no one
anymore is that the "dot" of the S
+ M = P equation which is Joyce`s most obvious clue to what Ulysses
is all about shows up exactly at the end of Ithaca...(in the 1961 and previous
editions...) He is telling the reader in an awkward, perhaps ashamed, way that
is what he is trying to demonstrate...
A well balanced appreciation is given
by Ron Rosenbaum
at Slate and it is the reason Ithaca was chosen as the first project of this
kind here and most appropriately he calls his article "Is
To me the best and most important
aspect of this whole thing is the following question and answer from his article:
So why are you rushing
to the defense of just this one chapter in Ulysses?
Because I don't believe the baby should be thrown out with the bathwater. (Yes,
I know, this is just the sort of cliché Joyce ridicules in the Eumaeus
chapter.) Ulysses is best looked upon as a grab bag of great riffs and long
stretches of tedious pretentiousness. All too many readers give up on Ulysses
Mulligan finishes shavingthe silver shaving bowl is like an ecclesiastical
salver, see! Isn't that profound?and never reach that beautiful, tender
and meditative semifinal "Ithaca" chapter with its Q&A format.
The one chapter you should read before you die.
If you have branched to all indications
above, you should be wandering why not start at Telemachus, from
which the Buck Mulligan article was extracted?
Once you get accustomed with Joyce you will see that everything connects and
there is not really a "starting point" and the best example is the
first and the last phrase of Finnegans. In our case of Ulysses,
the background and basically the most important aspect of the initial chapter
of Ulysses is completely tied up with The Portrait and
somehow, Ulysses is "the" literary effect
of The Portrait although the main subject is the one here,
Ithaca, reason why I decided to start with it.
Before going to the start of Ulysses
take a look on how it is divided, as it is generally accepted, and how
it has been operationalized here.