The Brazen Head is under construction, and restorations will continue throughout the summer of 2022.  As the links below become functional, they’ll turn from gray to green. Check the “What’s New?” page for updates.

Welcome to the Brazen Head!

Have a seat at the bar, and while I pour you a pint, let me introduce the site. Founded on 16 June 1995, the Brazen Head is among the Web’s oldest James Joyce sites. Whether you’re a first-time reader curious about Ulysses, a student assigned “The Dead,” or a long-time Joyce enthusiast looking for piano sonatas inspired by Finnegans Wake, you’ve come to the right place. All are welcome, so kick back and relax! The links below will take you to separate areas of the site, so enjoy your stay and come back any time!


You got a decent enough do in the Brazen Head
(Introduction)
So who am I, your humble barman? And why exactly is this place called the Brazen Head? Herein lies the tale.

Come up, Kinch. Come up you fearful Jesuit
(Biography and Chronology)
See that picture hanging over the bar? That’s the founder and Patron Saint of this little pub, and I’m always glad to tell you all about him.

Book through eternity junction
(Joyce Works)
Welcome to the Common Room, the heart of the Brazen Head. Here you’ll find a ball of electronic twine to aid you in your travels through the labyrinth of Dedalus. This section holds a complete bibliography of Joyce’s work, each with a synopsis, commentary, and advice for the first-time reader.

I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries
(Criticism)
Past the Common Room lies the Back Room, where clouds of smoke swirl around some very lively conversation. Here you’ll find discussions about Joyce and his work, from guides and annotations to in-depth analysis and criticism. Commentaries and reviews are provided for the more noteworthy texts.

The books he received for review were almost more welcome than the paltry cheque
(Reviews)
Did you know that H.G. Wells reviewed Portrait? Here you can hear what old-timers had to say about the works of James Joyce, and catch up on what today’s regulars are saying about modern Joyce criticism.

Flinging phrases here, there
(Quotations)
A few things overheard at billiards, or: Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? A list of famous quotations, both from his life and his work, as well as a few interesting comments made about Joyce by other notables.

Tuck up your sleeves and loosen your talktapes
(Audio)
Ever try to shut an Irishman up? Get ready to hear Joyce spoken out loud, the way it should be. Here you’ll find an annotated catalog of Joycean audio.

And roll away the reel world, the reel world, the reel world!
(Joyce on Film)
If you tire of music and chatter, you can always relax at the Brazen Volta: a little theatre out back where you can catch a few movies made about Joyce’s work and life. Mind your hats goan in!

As good as any bloody play in the Queen’s royal theatre
(Joyce in Theater)
The funny thing is, there’s been many more theatrical adaptations based on Joyce’s fiction than there’s been productions of Exiles, his only surviving play. Here you’ll find notes on live performances and Dead musicals.

The finnecies of poetry wed music: BRONZE BY GOLD
(Joyce and Music)
What’s a pub without a little music? Many works of music, both orchestral and pop, have been inspired by Joyce or make allusions to his work. “Bronze by Gold” is a sister site to the Brazen Head, a resource detailing Joyce-influenced artists from John Cage to Syd Barrett and featuring liner notes, lyrics, reviews, and links to hearing the tunes online.

Ineluctable modality of the visible
(Images)
What else did you expect to see hanging on the wall? A gallery of Joycean images, including paintings, photographs, and cartoons.

The last word in stolentelling!
(Influence)
Joyce, like Guinness, is often an acquired taste, but once you get it, you spread the gospel far and wide. References to Joyce in fiction, cinema, and philosophy. Includes a poem by Jorge Luis Borges.

That ideal reader suffering from the ideal insomnia
(Papers)
A collection of academic papers and essays on Joyce,  including a few pinned exclusively to the walls of this public house.

Speak to us of Emailia
(Joyce Online Communities)
The community bulletin board is hanging above by the fireplace: Instructions for getting on Joyce-related Internet communities, many of which conduct group-readings of his work.

In painted chambers loaded with tilebooks
(Offsite Links)
The back door—a vast constellation of links to Joyce organizations, Joycean Web sites, and electronic texts.

Ask no questions and you’ll hear no lies.
(FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions)
Do you have a question about James Joyce, this Web site, or the fellow who runs it? Try the Brazen Head FAQ file first.

In deerhaven, imbraced, alleged, injoynted and unlatched, the birds, tommelise too, quail silent.
(Contact)
Send email to the Great Quail—comments, suggestions, corrections, criticisms, submissions; all are welcome.

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