Ulysses in Critical Perspective

Edited by Michael Patrick Gillespie and A. Nicholas Fargnoli

Foreword by Sebastian D. G. Knowles, Series Editor
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"A substantial contribution to Ulysses criticism, to the pedagogical as well as scholarly dimensions of Joyce studies. . . . It is also an engaging and stimulating consideration of the future orientations of Joyce studies."--Vincent Sherry, Pierce Butler Professor of English, Tulane University

This collection of essays is the first in 15 years to review the current state of theory on James Joyce's Ulysses, and this volume comes more than 100 years after the fictitious Leopold Bloom steps into the novel, a day Joyceans celebrate as Bloomsday. The contributors--well known for their work in James Joyce studies--each provide three assessments in their areas of specialization: a history of the best criticism to date, a timely updating of critical positions, and an agenda for future examination. In clear, accessible language, the collection examines the insights readers can expect from particular modes of inquiry and offers an informed view of theoretical approaches and interpretive trends.

For new Joyce scholars, the book provides a highly readable summary of existing criticism. For seasoned Joyceans, it offers a timely and important review of the methodologies that have made significant contributions to understanding the novel. In addition, it surveys an array of feminist scholarship on Ulysses and will stimulate new projects for feminist criticism on the issues of choice and agency.

Michael Patrick Gillespie is Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English at Marquette University. A. Nicholas Fargnoli is professor of theology and English at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York.

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…rich, historical synopses and often inspiring expert forecasts…
--James Joyce Literary Supplement

…provide[s] readers of Joyce's Bloomsday Book--newcomers and veterans alike--with an invaluable survey of the relevant critical terrain and with a map for future exploration.
--English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920

…presents Joyce enthusiasts another useful tool with which to probe the myriad folds of meaning in Ulysses.

" This line-up of the great and the good is enough to gladden the heart of any Joycean. The collection offers a most valuable resource for undergraduates and, perhaps, graduate students daunted at the challenge of beginning work on Joyce. An important addition to any university library."
--Project Muse Modernism

" With its original interpretations, collective historiography, and predictive look ahead, could assist anyone charting a course on such interesting, ever-changing waters."
--James Joyce Quarterly

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