“Easily the best companion to Ulysses for first-time readers and seasoned scholars alike. Killeen brings in multiple levels of expertise: he has a fantastic knowledge of Joyce, of Ulysses, of Dublin, and of Joyce criticism. He writes with clarity, expertise, and affection.”—Sam Slote, coeditor of Renascent Joyce
Ideal for readers new to Ulysses and written with a depth of knowledge that scholars have found invaluable, “Ulysses” Unbound is a clear and comprehensive guide to James Joyce’s masterpiece from one of the foremost Dublin-based Joyce experts.
Terence Killeen discusses the novel’s eighteen episodes individually. For each episode, Killeen provides a brief narrative summary along with an account of the corresponding parts of Homer’s Odyssey. He also analyzes the unique style of every episode, in recognition of the novel’s remarkable stylistic diversity. Broader commentary sections look at each episode’s principal themes and function within the context of the overall development of the work. Annotations help explain some of the main characters and historical events in the book, illuminating the real people who provided so much of the book’s material. Glossaries define many of the foreign language terms that pepper the text.
This guide also features an overall reading of Ulysses, a brief account of Joyce’s life, and a description of the novel’s eventful textual and publishing history. Accessible and authoritative, “Ulysses” Unbound is an indispensable companion for both students and specialists.
Terence Killeen is research scholar at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin. He is also a journalist with the Irish Times. A volume in the Florida James Joyce Series, edited by Sebastian D. G. Knowles