James Joyce's Ulysses

James Joyce's Ulysses : A Casebook

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James Joyce's Ulysses is probably the most famous-or notorious-novel published in the twentieth century. Its length and difficulty mean that readers often turn to critical studies to help them in getting the most out of it. But the vast quantity of secondary literature on the book poses problems for readers, who often don't know where to begin. This casebook includes some of the most influential critics to have written on Joyce, such as Hugh Kenner and Fritz
Senn, as well as newer voices who have made a considerable impact in recent years. A wide range of critical schools is represented, from textual analysis to historical and psychoanalytic approaches, from feminism to post-colonialism. One essay considers the relation between art and life, nature and culture,
in Ulysses, while another explores the implications of the impassioned debates about the proper editing of Joyce's great work. In an iconoclastic discussion of the book, Leo Bersani finds reasons for giving up reading Joyce. All the contributions are characterized by scrupulous attention to Joyce's words and a sense of the powerful challenge his work offers to our ways of thinking about ourselves, our world, and our language. Also included are records of some of the conversations Joyce
had with his friend Frank Budgen during the composition of Ulysses in Zurich, and in an appendix readers will find a version of the schema which Joyce drew up as a guide to his book. Derek Attridge provides an introduction that offers advice on reading Ulysses for the first time, an account of the remarkable
story of its composition, and an outline of the history of the critical reception that has played such an important part in our understanding and enjoyment of this extraordinary work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 19mm | 327g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195158318
  • 9780195158311
  • 1,216,248

Table of contents

1: Hugh Kenner: The Arranger
2: Fritz Senn: Book of Many Turns
3: Cheryl Herr: Art and Life, Nature and Culture, Ulysses
4: Maud Ellmann: The Ghosts of Ulysses
5: Ewa Ziarek: The Female Body, Technology, and Memory in "Penelope"
6: Mark A. Wollaeger: Reading Ulysses: Agency, Ideology, and the Novel
7: Emer Nolan: Ulysses, Narrative and History
8: Henry Staten: The Decomposing Form of Joyce's Ulysses
9: Leo Bersani: Against Ulysses
10: Vicki Mahaffey: Intentional Error: The Paradox of Editing Joyce's Ulysses
11: Frank Budgen: Conversations with Joyce
Appendix: The Schema of Ulysses
Suggested Reading
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James Joyce's Ulysses: A Casebook gathers together a diverse selection of Joycean criticism from the past 70 years or so. Such an approach allows for essays that move between the realms of style and form, to more theoretical and ideological engagements with the novel. * Irish Times *
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About Derek Attridge

Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York.
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