This collection of original, cohesive and concise essays charts the vital contextual backgrounds to Joyce's life and writing. The volume begins with a chronology of Joyce's publishing history, an analysis of his various biographies and a study of his many published and unpublished letters. It goes on to examine how his works were received in the main twentieth-century critical and theoretical schools. Most importantly, it places Joyce within multiple Irish, British and European contexts, providing a lively sense of the varied and changing world in which he lived, which formed him, and from which he wrote. The essays collectively show how Joyce was rooted in his times, how he is both a product and a critic of his multiple contexts, and how important he remains to the world of literature, criticism and culture.
John McCourt is a lecturer at the Universita Roma, Tre.
Preface; Part I. Life and Works: 1. Chronology of composition and publication of the major works Stacey Herbert; 2. Joyce's lives, memoirs and biographies Finn Fordham; 3. Letters William S. Brockman; Part II. Theory and Critical Reception: 4. Prewar Joyce John Nash; 5. Postwar Joyce Joseph Brooker; 6. Structuralism, deconstruction, post-structuralism Sam Slote; 7. Gender and sexuality Marian Eide; 8. Psychoanalysis Luke Thurston; 9. Post-colonialism Gregory Castle; 10. Genetic criticism Dirk van Hulle; 11. Translation studies Jolanta Wawrzycka; 12. World literature and cosmopolitanism Eric Bulson; 13. Twenty-first-century critical contexts Sean Latham; Part III. Historical and Cultural Context: 14. Being in Joyce's world Cheryl Temple Herr; 15. Dublin L. M. Cullen; 16. The Irish nineteenth century Matthew Campbell; 17. The Irish revival Clare Hutton; 18. The English literary tradition Patrick Parrinder; 19. Paris Jean-Michel Rabate; 20. Trieste John McCourt; 21. Greek and Roman themes Brian Arkins; 22. Medicine Vike Martina Plock; 23. Modernisms Michael Levenson; 24. Music Timothy Martin; 25. Irish and European politics, nationalism, socialism, empire Brian Caraher; 26. Newspapers and popular culture R. Brandon Kershner; 27. Language and languages Tim Conley; 28. Philosophy Fran O'Rourke; 29. Religion Geert Lernout; 30. Science Mark Morrison; 31. Cinema Maria di Battista; 32. Sex Christine Froula; Further reading; Index.