James Joyce, Ulysses, and the Construction of Jewish Identity: Culture, Biography, and 'The Jew' in Modernist Europe
Neil R. Davison argues that Joyce's lifelong encounter with pseudo-scientific, religious, and political discourse about 'the Jew' forms a unifying component of his career. Davison offers new biographical material to support the claim that 'the Jew' was a dynamic aspect of Joyce's imagination from youth to adulthood, and presents a detailed reading of Ulysses to show how Jo...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 8th 2004 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1996)
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Davison provides a thorough background to the Irish, European, and conceivably Joycean conception of Judaism within the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and reflects on how these preconceptions might have coalesced into the ultimate Joycean Jew, Leopold Bloom. While his analysis is thorough, I wish he had done a smoother job of establishing the possible formulations for determining Judaism, as the entire argument is reduced and relegated to a foot note. In this way, and others--lack...more