The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

Derek Attridge

Language: English

Pages: 314

ISBN: 0521545536

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Including several new and revised essays, reflecting increasing emphasis on Joyce's politics, this Companion focuses on the importance of his engagement with Ireland, and the changes wrought by gender studies on criticism of his work. The second edition features essays by an international team of leading scholars geared to provoking thought and discussion. Supplementary reading lists and an extended bibliography will offer readers the necessary tools for additional informed exploration of Joyce. First Edition Hb (1990): 0-521-33014-9 First Edition Pb (1990): 0-521-37673-4
















performance, as something one has to apply like ‘eyebrowleine’.16 Or as the narrator reveals, Gerty is ‘in very truth, as fair a specimen of winsome Irish girlhood as one could wish to see’ (13.80–1). But whose ‘wish to see’ is she? That Bloom masturbates to the very sight of her might be our first clue. More than this, the shift to Bloom’s allotted portion of ‘Nausicaa’ – the abrupt move from the ventriloquial third-person narrative to Bloom’s interior monologue – dramatizes clearly that

an awareness Joyce’s texts display at every turn. NOTES 1    Joyce to Mary Colum, quoted in JJ 529; this is probably the single most often quoted Joyce comment about women; cf. Mary and Padraic Colum, Our Friend James Joyce (Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, 1958), p. 132. 2    Joyce to Frank Budgen, quoted in Frank Budgen, James Joyce and the Making of ‘Ulysses’ (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1960), pp. 318–19. 3    Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman

attach themselves to various social sites, registers, and relationships. That Joyce conceived the analytical potential of masochism in this light seems evident from his delineation of Leopold Bloom’s hallucinatory bout of erotic torment in the Nighttown episode of Ulysses. In the first instalment of this masochistic revel, Bloom conjures up a bevy of high society ladies whom he has offended with a series of notes exhorting them to commit ‘depraved’ sexual acts and to punish him for making the

Imperialism’, in Nationalism, Colonialism and Literature, intro. by Seamus Deane (Minnesota: University of Minneapolis Press, 1990), pp. 43–68. The quotation is from p. 60. 20    Fredric Jameson, ‘Ulysses in History’, in James Joyce and Modern Literature, ed. W. J. McCormack and Alistair Stead (London: Routledge, 1982), p. 35. FURTHER READING The number of books and articles about Joyce is enormous and ever-increasing; the quantity of secondary material not directly concerned with Joyce but

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