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Reading Joyce's Ulysses - Daniel R. Schwarz

Reading Joyce's Ulysses

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In this centenary re-issue of a classic major study of Ulysses, Daniel R. Schwarz not only presents a powerful and original reading of Joyce's great epic novel, but discusses it in terms of a dialogue between recent and more traditional literary theory. He takes full account of Gabler's 'Ulysses': A Critical and Synoptic Edition. Focusing on what he calls the odyssean reader, Schwarz demonstrates how the experience of reading Ulysses involves responding to traditional plot and character as well as to the novel's stylistic experiments. Schwarz shows how the novel creates a reader who must make subtle and deliberate discriminations in his odyssean journey through the novel. After three general chapters which address, respectively, how Joyce's art signifies, Joyce's concept of the hero, and the role of the reader, Schwarz provides an episode-by-episode analysis. This re-issue includes a new Preface by the author.

'This is a thoughtful interpretation that serious students of Ulysses will welcome.' - Keith Cushman, Library Journal

'...Reading Joyce's Ulysses will no doubt be useful to the student stalled in confusion when reading Ulysses for the first time...' - A.D. Perls, Choice

'Instead of adding further chips to that mountain of critical apparatus which unfortunately frightens so many readers away, Schwarz emphasizes the joys that even a first reading of Ulysses can yield, and the ways in which the novel itself suggests how it should be read...' - Graham Bradshaw, English Studies

Reviews of Hardback edition:

'Schwarz is very effective in mounting evidence of the staggering number of mythical and literary echoes sounded in its pages...Reading Joyce's 'Ulysses' is a stimulating, suggestive book.' - Melvin J. Friedman, James Joyce Quarterly

'...Schwarz moves easily and thoughtfully among wide ranges of critical thought...' - Sanford Pinsker, ELT

'Reading Joyce's 'Ulysses' is filled with instances of Schwarz's careful, erudite understanding of Joyce's metaphoric and allusive intentions...' - Rosemarie Battaglia, Studies in the Novel

'A good first critical book to consult after a reading of the novel; as an interpreter, Schwarz is reasonable, lucid and very well read in Joycean criticism.' - Professor Jefferson Hunter

Introduction : "O, Rocks ... tell us in plain words"p. 1
Joyce as "Lord and giver" of language : from and metaphor in Ulyssesp. 7
Joyce's concept of a herop. 37
The odyssey of reading Ulyssesp. 58
The movement from lyrical to epical and dramatic form : the opening of Ulyssesp. 71
Joyce's Irish Jew : bloomp. 103
The concept of artistic paternity in "Scylla and Charybdis"p. 138
The adventure of reading : the styles of the odyssey and the odyssey of stylesp. 153
"Circe" as the climax of Joyce's humanistic visionp. 207
Metaphoricity in "Eumaeus" and "Ithaca"p. 231
"Penelope" : Molly as metaphorp. 258
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ISBN: 9780333556139
ISBN-10: 0333556135
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 295
Published: 18th July 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1