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The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Including several new and revised essays, reflecting increasing emphasis on Joyce's politics, this Companion focuses on the importance of his engagement with Ireland, and the changes wrought by gender studies on criticism of his work. The second edition features essays by an international team of leading scholars geared to provoking thought and discussion. Supplementary re ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1990)
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Bob R Bogle

Facts are one thing; the language we use to mimic facts is another.

Communication requires translation. This is true whether we transpose one language into another or whether we merely receive information conveyed in the printed word and, in a complicated, cyclically reiterative and interpretive process, we recast it in more familiar patterns which snap into place more decorously within our own unique mental worldviews, all independently construed.

With great anticipation I'd looked forward to The
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Feb 24, 2013 marked it as i-want-money
The two editions, 1990 & 2004, apparently contain somewhat differing sets of essays. A few from 1990 were dropped as others were added to the 2004. At a mere 290 pages, I'm not sure why "space considerations" justify dropping any essays.
Nick Black
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Amazon third-party 2009-05-13. Surprisingly cheap, huzzah! Finished today in honor of this 105th Bloomsday. A really nice collection of essays, none of which I'd read before -- the first three and last, especially, are exquisite -- striving for highlight rather than exegesis. Recommended for all amateur Joyce scholars, people like me who would have studied The Man had more practical fields not existed; this seems quite the most important Joyce study published since 1991's The Joycean Labyrinth.
Josh Brown
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For what it's intended to do - introduce the reader to the wide varieties of Joyce scholarship and its many possibilities - this book is awesome. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but if this is what you're looking for, it's all here. The "further reading" section is really helpful too.
James
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Helpful essays. occasionally dry.
Dan
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A useful introduction, especially where it gives leads as to where to pursue further research topics.
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