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Reading Joyce's Ulysses
Schwarz, Daniel R.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [1987]

Physical Description:
viii, 293 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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PR6019.O9 U692 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PR6019.O9 U692 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Reissued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, Reading Joyce's 'Ulysses' includes a new preface taking account of scholarly and critical development since its original publication. It shows how the now important issues of post-colonialism, feminism, Irish Studies and urban culture are addressed within the text, as well as a discussion of how the book can be used by both beginners and seasoned readers. 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 theory. Focusing on what he calls the odyssean reader, Schwarz demonstrates how the experience of reading Ulysses involves responding both to traditional plot and character, and to the novel's stylistic experiments.

Author Notes

DANIEL. R. SCHWARZ is Professor of English and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. He has received Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences Russell award for distinguished teaching. He is the author of the widely read Imagining the Holocaust (1999). His most recent book is Rereading Conrad (2001). His prior books include Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature (1997), Narrative and Representation in Wallace Stevens (1993), The Case for a Humanistic Poetics (1991), The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930 (1989; revised 1995); The Humanistic Heritage: Critical Theories of the English Novel from James to Hillis Miller (1986); Conrad: The Later Fiction (1982); Conrad: 'Almayer's Folly' through 'Under Western Eyes' (1980); and Disraeli's Fiction (1979). He has edited The Dead (1994) and The Secret Sharer (1997) in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series, and is co-editor of Narrative and Culture (1994).

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Library Journal Review

Schwarz's sensible, conservative reading of Ulysses emphasizes that ``Joyce always returns from his fascination with stylistic innovation to focus on his characters.'' Though his approach is traditional, Schwarz does justice throughout to the novel's radical ambiguity and to contemporary critical theory. Chapters on how Joyce's fiction ``signifies,'' Joyce's concept of the hero, and the role of the reader are followed by a substantial episode-by-episode reader's guide. The Iliad , Wilde, Yeats, Dante, Milton, Tennyson, Swift, and Blake figure prominently, and Schwarz argues strikingly for the central importance of the ``Scylla and Charybdis'' chapter. Though not a radical departure from earlier readings, this is a thoughtful interpretation that serious students of Ulysses will welcome. Keith Cushman, English Dept., Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The author of The Humanistic Heritage (CH, Dec '86), two books on Conrad, and a book on Disraeli has once again demonstrated his ability to make difficult issues in criticism clear without resorting to oversimplification. There is little that is new in Reading Joyce's Ulysses; but through lucid introductory chapters on ``metaphoricity'' and on Joyce's concept of the hero, Schwarz establishes a critical context that neatly coordinates the briefer chapters on individual sections of Ulysses. In short, Schwarz reads with consistency, even if without great originality or idiosyncrasy. Especially helpful both to the novice and the seasoned reader of Joyce is the chapter titled ``The Concept of Artistic Paternity in `Scylla and Charybdis,''' which clearly demonstrates how the novelist consumed Shakespeare's plays in order to become ``the father of his artistic father.'' This tightly reasoned chapter moves swiftly and with deserved self-assurance through critical matters that have created great confusion for many important scholars. As a supplement to Stuart Gilbert's James Joyce's Ulysses (1931), Schwarz's book is a convenient guide for what the author calls the ``odyssean reader'' who might wish to undertake a journey through the novel with the novelist's directional signs and intentions before him. Reading Joyce's Ulysses will no doubt become invaluable to the student stalled in confusion when reading Ulysses for the first time. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate.-A.D. Perlis, University of Alabama in Birmingham

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: "O, Rocks... Tell Us in Plain Words"p. 1
1 Joyce as "Lord and Giver" of Language: Form and Metaphor in Ulyssesp. 7
2 Joyce's Concept of a Herop. 37
3 The Odyssey of Reading Ulyssesp. 58
4 The Movement from Lyrical to Epical and Dramatic Form: the Opening of Ulyssesp. 71
5 Joyce's Irish Jew: Bloomp. 103
6 The Concept of Artistic Paternity in "Scylla and Charybdis"p. 138
7 The Adventure of Reading: the Styles of the Odyssey and the Odyssey of Stylesp. 153
8 "Circe" as the Climax of Joyce's Humanistic Visionp. 207
9 Metaphoricity in "Eumaeus" and "Ithaca"p. 231
10 "Penelope": Molly as Metaphorp. 258
Appendixp. 277
Selected Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 286