Leopold Bloom – Joyce’s Jew
Marlene R, Edelstein, Copenhagen / Denmark
In Ulysses Joyce creates a character who is modern in being undecidable - he's been baptised, so is he a Jew or not? He's a wanderer of immigrant stock, so what is his national identity? How does he correspond to the stereotypes of Jewishness which were current in early 20th-century Europe, and how does he deal with the pervasive antisemitism of his time? And what was Joyce's own knowledge of Jews and Judaism?
I've lived in Denmark most of my adult life, teaching English literature at Copenhagen University.