This collection, first published in 1982, brings together thirteen writers from a wide variety of critical traditions to take a fresh look at Joyce and his crucial position not only in English literature but in modern literature as a whole. Comparative views of his work include reflections on his relations to Shakespeare, Blake, MacDiarmid, and the Anglo-Irish revival.
Essays, story and poems all combine to celebrate the major constituents of Joyce’s work – his imagination and comedy, his exuberant use of language, his relation to the history of his country and his age, and his passionate commitment to ‘a more veritably human tradition’. This title will be of interest to students of literature.
Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; Introduction; 1. Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ and the futility of modernism 2. Two More Gallants 3. ‘Planetary music’: James Joyce and the Romantic example 4. Joyce and the displaced author 5. Leaving the Island 6. Nightmares of history: James Joyce and the phenomenon of Anglo-Irish literature 7. Martello 8. ‘Ulysses’, modernism, and Marxist criticism 9. ‘Ulysses’ in history 10. Reflections on Eumaeus: Ways of error and glory in ‘Ulysses’ 11. Joyce and literary tradition: Language living, dead, and resurrected, from Genesis to Guinnesses 12. Reading ‘Finnegans Wake’ 13. James Joyce and Hugh MacDiarmid; Index