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Introduction

Lee Spinks

in James Joyce A Critical Guide

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638352
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638352.003.0001
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This book investigates the life, works and critical reputation of James Joyce. Joyce's peripatetic career and complex reinvention of modern Western culture has made him a subject of enduring fascination and established him as perhaps the greatest and most enigmatic literary figure of the twentieth century. Part I of this book provides a concise narrative of Joyce's life and literary career. Part 2 discusses a critical commentary upon all of Joyce's prose works and explores the style and significance of his poetry and drama. The last part reviews a historical overview of the critical reception of Joyce's work in order to examine how particular styles of reading and modes of critical practice have influenced the understanding of Joyce.

Keywords: James Joyce; modern Western culture; prose works; poetry; drama; reading; critical practice; literary figure

Chapter.  472 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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