Recent Criticism of James Joyce's Ulysses

Recent Criticism of James Joyce's Ulysses

An Analytical Review

Michael Patrick Gillespie, Paula Gillespie

A study that must be read by all scholars and students of Joyce.
Since its appearance in 1922, James Joyce's novel Ulysses has remained extremely popular, never having gone out of print. Since the expiration of its copyright in the early 1990s, almost every major press in the US and England has produced an edition of the novel. This widespread public interest, in turn, has led well-known literary critics--from T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound to Terry Eagleton and Homi Bhabha--to attempt to explain the intricacies of the great novel. Debate continues over even the most fundamental aspects of its plot, characterization, and themes. Every year, more and more scholars offer insights into the structure and style of Joyce's writing, the significance of his imagery, the consequences of his ideological dispositions, the association between his fictional representations and a myriad of cultural, social, and communal institutions and beliefs. Merely remaining cognizant of the range of views of Ulysses now offered has become a daunting task for any student of Joyce, especially in view of the explosion of critical viewpoints available to today's critics. While no single work could fully synthesize all that has been written on Ulysses, this book distinguishes the features of major methodological trends and important critical studies that have shaped our sense of Joyce's novel in recent years.

Table of Contents

Ulysses: The Foundations of Current Interpretations
The Narrative Thread: Discourse, Reader Response, and Post-Structuralist Thinking
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Civilization and Its Discontents
Cultural Indentity and the New Nationalism
The Search for an Edition


The book is a first-rate contribution to Joyce studies which will be useful both to newcomers and to experienced readers, critics and scholars alike. --Morris Beja, Ohio State University

An enormously valuable tool, a 'must-have' for any library serving serious students of Joycean literature... A model for the study of contemporary critical trends. CHOICE

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