James Joyce's Ulysses: A Casebook by Derek AttridgeJames Joyce's Ulysses: A Casebook by Derek Attridge

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Casebook

EditorDerek Attridge

Paperback | February 26, 2004

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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 posesproblems 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 isrepresented, 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 ofJoyce'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, ourworld, 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 anintroduction 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.
Derek Attridge is Professor of English at the University of York and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers University.
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Title:James Joyce's Ulysses: A CasebookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:February 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195158318

ISBN - 13:9780195158311

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ulysses by James Joyce Death, and its shadow, seemed to haunt the early part of the writing. What is this end we are pushing towards? Is it an end? Can we even call it painful? The idea it conveys is that time, at least time according to human perception, pushes singularly towards this phenomenon: the ultimate truth of life. Ulysses is deeply symbolic. This haunting can be read as a decay of the state, the breakdown of society (its traditions and values) as it enters a new modern era. The old structures of civilisation are dying, the world is changing, art is changing, thought is changing and perhaps this is what Ulysses represents in some sense. Perhaps this new creature of literature is the very essence of this new dawn, of the modernist art movement, or perhaps I have simply been swayed by one of the many nuanced impressions within the work, the subtle hints and suggestions that can be ready in so many different ways. Sometimes reading a Great Work of Literature is like drinking fine French wine, say an aged Burgundy or Mersault. Everyone tells you how amazing it is, and on an intellectual level you can appreciate the brilliance, the subtlety, the refinement.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ulysses by James Joyce Death, and its shadow, seemed to haunt the early part of the writing. What is this end we are pushing towards? Is it an end? Can we even call it painful? The idea it conveys is that time, at least time according to human perception, pushes singularly towards this phenomenon: the ultimate truth of life. Ulysses is deeply symbolic. This haunting can be read as a decay of the state, the breakdown of society (its traditions and values) as it enters a new modern era. The old structures of civilisation are dying, the world is changing, art is changing, thought is changing and perhaps this is what Ulysses represents in some sense. Perhaps this new creature of literature is the very essence of this new dawn, of the modernist art movement, or perhaps I have simply been swayed by one of the many nuanced impressions within the work, the subtle hints and suggestions that can be ready in so many different ways. Sometimes reading a Great Work of Literature is like drinking fine French wine, say an aged Burgundy or Mersault. Everyone tells you how amazing it is, and on an intellectual level you can appreciate the brilliance, the subtlety, the refinement.
Date published: 2018-04-11

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Hugh Kenner: The Arranger2. Fritz Senn: Book of Many Turns3. Cheryl Herr: Art and Life, Nature and Culture, Ulysses4. Maud Ellmann: The Ghosts of Ulysses5. Ewa Ziarek: The Female Body, Technology, and Memory in "Penelope"6. Mark A. Wollaeger: Reading Ulysses: Agency, Ideology, and the Novel7. Emer Nolan: Ulysses, Narrative and History8. Henry Staten: The Decomposing Form of Joyce's Ulysses9. Leo Bersani: Against Ulysses10. Vicki Mahaffey: Intentional Error: The Paradox of Editing Joyce's Ulysses11. Frank Budgen: Conversations with JoyceAppendix: The Schema of UlyssesSuggested Reading

Editorial Reviews

"Especially for students and scholars new to Ulysses, this casebook serves as a strong introduction to the critical conversation."--English Literature in Transition 1880-1920