“Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens”

Karen R. Lawrence

in Who's Afraid of James Joyce?

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034775
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038612 | DOI:
“Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens”

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In Ulysses, Joyce leaves the “tracks” of his artistic journey. And, finally, finding obsolete the idea of a narrative norm that tells a story, with “Aeolus” as a clue and with “Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens” as the new formal beginning, he went beyond the novel to something else. In each case, the changes in form and style reflect the shedding of an artistic belief no longer sufficient to his vision. In a letter to John Quinn, Joyce pointed out that “Scylla and Charybdis” was the ninth chapter of eighteen. Indeed, this division has more than numerical significance, for both “Lestrygonians” and “Scylla and Charybdis” concern themselves primarily with developing one's knowledge of the two main characters. It is not until “Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens” that one witnesses the breakdown of the initial style and a departure from the novelistic form of the book's first half.

Keywords: Ulysses; Joyce; Wandering Rocks; Sirens; John Quinn; Lestrygonians

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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