Vocab Builder: Joyce’s Ulysses

by Erin Brenner on November 17, 2010

I found a wonderful new podcast recently: re: Joyce. Literary author Frank Delaney is deconstructing James Joyce’s Ulysses, word by word. Delaney reads a bit of the text and then unlocks all manner of literary references. It’s delicious. This week, some of the vocabulary from the first few pages of Ulysses and the podcast.

Vulgar: crude; of the common people
Martello tower: short, round tower made of stone and located near the shore
Tonsure: to shave the head of a monk or priest
Kinch: slip-knot; in old Irish slang, the child of a convict or tramp
Corpuscle: an unattached body cell

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