James Joyce was one of innovators of postmodernism. He is widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century. Born in Dublin, James Joyce (1882-1941) was a modernist and proponent of the stream-of-consciousness writing style and is widely considered one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. His works feature primarily Dublin figures such as in the short story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Ulysses (1922) and Finnegan's Wake (1939). Margot Norris is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of four books on the works of James Joyce: The Decentered Universe of 'Finnegan's Wake', Joyce's Web: The Social Unraveling of Modernism, Suspicious Readings of Joyce's 'Dubliners,' and Ulysses, a study of the 1967 Joseph Strick film on the novel.