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James Joyce's Ulysses: Critical Essays

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This book contains eighteen original essays by leading Joyce scholars on the eighteen separate chapters of Ulysses. It attempts to explore the richness of Joyce's extraordinary novel more fully than could be done by any single scholar. Joyce's habit of using, when writing each chapter in Ulysses, a particular style, tone, point of view, and narrative structure gives each c ...more
Paperback, 447 pages
Published November 2nd 1977 by University of California Press (first published October 3rd 1977)
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Fred I thought the very same thing. It went on and on about that. Wasn't that also the one that she takes on Blooms lack of fecundity as a major issue. For…moreI thought the very same thing. It went on and on about that. Wasn't that also the one that she takes on Blooms lack of fecundity as a major issue. For a highly rated book I found this one pretty sparse in meaningful content.(less)
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Bên Phía Nhà Z
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
có việc phải đọc lại vài bài trong cuốn cẩm nang này mà đọc đi đọc lại vẫn như nuốt từng lời mật ngọt. cung cách nghiên cứu ngày xưa có gì đó thật khác biệt, như của một thời đại vĩnh viễn không bao giờ trở lại vì đời sau đã ô uế vì đủ loại nhảm nhí mang tên theory.

một tập hợp 18 bài essay về 18 chương trong Ulysses do các chuyên gia hàng đầu viết, chỉ có thể đọc mà học hỏi. mong một ngày được dịch sang tiếng Việt =))
Bob R Bogle
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-things-joyce
A few years ago some Twitter wit, I forget whom, suggested that the eighteen episodes comprising James Joyce's Ulysses might be conceived of as more-or-less independent scrolls; that the compounded tome represents a collection of said scrolls compiled in a manner like unto how Homer might have aggregated The Odyssey from the efforts of pre-existing raconteurs, imparting his own authorial stamp to the collective work. While I've no indication that such was Joyce's intent, I've ever since found th ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: Ed
Shelves: read2011
I used three companion books alongside reading Ulysses, and this was always the last of the three to be read, and often was skimmed. Each chapter corresponds with a chapter of the novel, and is written by a different scholar. Some of them seem to feel they need to go deeper than is really necessary (one memorable example is the assertion that Joyce chooses the roundness of words depending on which characters are in the room), and it is clear that several had scholar-envy and wished they were wri ...more
James C
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joyce was 40 yrs old when Ulysses was published, it is a day in the life of a husband and father of Joyce's age (at publication). Joyce loved Dublin and Ireland and though the book was written on the European continent - he wanted to memorialize his birth home (Ireland). The framework of Ulysses is Homer's Odyssey - The Roman (Ulysses: 1 Telemachus, 2 Nestor, 3 Proteus, 4 Calypso, 5 Lotus Eaters, 6 Hades, 7 Aeolus, 8 Lestrygonians, 9 Scylla And Charybdis, 10 Wandering Rocks, 11 Sirens, 12 Cyclop ...more
Matthew
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Having completed Ulysses, the New Bloomsday Book, Ulysses: Annotated, and Stuart Gilbert's Ulysses prior to reading Hart's collection of critical essays, I will admit that I had built up a fairly high level of expectation for all-things-Ulysses. With that said, I entered James Joyce's Ulysses: Critical Essays with high hopes but an open mind.

I was profoundly disappointed with nearly every single essay. I relished the concept of a different literary expert tackling a single episode of Ulysses and
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Thomas
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-crit, joyce
A mixed bag, but worth the time. This is not a "guide" to Ulysses, as apparently some have thought. Most of the essays assume that the reader has already consumed and digested the whole hog, not just the breakfast kidney, and with some thought. Highlights for me were Adaline Glasheen on Calypso, Robert Kellogg on Scylla and Charybdis, and Phillip F. Herring on Lotus Eaters. I was a little disappointed in Hugh Kenner's (too) brief essay on Circe, and a couple other essayists try to out-Joyce Joyc ...more
Rachel
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Like most anthologies, it's a mixed bag. Some of the best essays are at the beginning. I got a kick out of some of the essays, and barely survived the others.
Aaron Aoyume
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is an essential company to James Joyce's Ulysses.
Nick Black
Jun 26, 2008 rated it liked it
A pretty good selection, actually. Nothing's on par with Wilson's historic essay in Axel's Castle, but it's largely solid.
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Heavily recommended if you're reading "Ulysses".
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