The difficulties that students face when tackling Joyce's works are often addressed by focusing on plot, implying that the "real" books are hidden behind the author's complex language and style. This reader-friendly introduction offers an alternative approach, suggesting that close attention to Joyce's words, phrases, and sentences is the best route to reading his works with insight and pleasure. Seidel demystifies Joyce's style, demonstrating that everything students need to know in order to read his works may be discovered in the books themselves.
"Seidel has written an admirable brief introduction for the generalreader. Obviously the product of many years of teaching Joyce, it'sconcise, fresh and very accessible." Ronald Bush, St John'sCollege, University of Oxford
"Entering the Joycean labyrinth - whether for the firsttime, or the twenty-first - one could not wish for a wiser, more gracious, better-humored guide than Michael Seidel. He rangesover the full spectrum of Joyce's writing with a lightness of touchand a sureness of direction that makes being his student anunmitigated delight." Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Southern IllinoisUniversity
"In James Joyce: A Short Introduction, Michael Seidel haspulled off one of the most difficult feats in current publishing.Seidel manages to capture anew what it is that makes Joyce'swriting unique, and to elucidate even his most abstruse ofabstrusities with a directness, clarity and infectious pleasurewhich reminds one all over again why one loves Joyce." JeriJohnson, Exeter College, University of Oxford
"In James Joyce: A Short Introduction, Seidel hasprovided a clear and accessible distillation of the biographicaland historical background to Joyce's work as well as a set ofmethodological tools designed to help the 'general reader'understand and interpret Joyce's use of language and narrativeform. Resisting the urge to 'decode' Joyce's style by appealing tocontent, Seidel has done an admirable job of demystifying some ofJoyce's techniques without dismissing or devaluing theirimportance." Irish Studies Review
2. Master Plots.
4. Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man.
6. Levels of Narration.
7. Homer in Ulysses.
8. Three Dubliners.
9. Reflexive Fiction.
10. Strategic Planning.
Series: Blackwell Introductions to Literature
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 3rd June 2002
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.49 x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1