This title introduces the work of James Joyce, the literary, historical and political contexts in which he wrote and his critical reception up to the present day. James Joyce stands at the forefront of modernism - a writer whose work has gained a unique status in modern Western culture. This book offers an introduction to reading and studying Joycean texts and surveys the key contexts - literary, historical, political, philosophical and compositional - which shaped and determined them. By identifying and engaging with Joyce's writing methods and style, the book opens up strategies and approaches for reading his complex texts. It also introduces the critical reception of Joyce and his work, from the early structuralist and 'myth' critics, through deconstruction, to recent developments including historical criticism and genetic criticism.
Len Platt is Professor of Modern Literatures and Head of the Department of Professional and Community Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK. His books include Joyce and the Anglo-Irish (Rodopi), Joyce, Race and 'Finnegans Wake' (Cambridge) and the co-edited Joyce, Ireland, Britain (University of Florida Press).
Abbreviations; 1. Introduction to a 'biografiend'; 2. Earlier works; 3. Going forth by day - Ulysses; 4. Ulysses, Ireland, Empire; 5. Reading Finnegans Wake; 6. The Wake and the 1920s and 30s; 7. 'I do not like that other world' - Joyce's publics; Further Reading; Index.