"Joyce and Company" is a comparative study which encourages a way of thinking about Joyce not as an isolated figure but as someone who is best understood in the company of others whether from the past, the present or, indeed, the imagined future. Throughout, Pierce places Joyce and his time in dialogue with other figures or different historical periods or languages other than English. In this way, Joyce is seen anew in relation to other writers and contexts. The book is organised in four parts: Joyce and History, Joyce and Language, Joyce and the City, and Joyce and the Contemporary World. Pierce emphasises Joyce's position as both an Irish and a European writer and shows Joyce's continuing relevance to the twenty-first century, not least in his commitment to language, culture and a discourse on freedom.
David Pierce is Principal Lecturer of English at the University College of Ripon and York St. John. His books include James Joyce's Ireland (Yale, 1992) and Light, Freedom and Song: A Cultural History of Irish Writing (Yale, 2005).
1. Introduction; Part I: Joyce and History; 2. Joyce, Sterne and the Eighteenth Century; 3. Joyce, Erudition and the Late Nineteenth Century; Part II: Joyce and the City; 4. 'Wandering Rocks': Reading Dublin 1904; 5. Joyce, Woolf and the Metropolitan Imagination; Part III: Joyce and Language; 6. The Issue of Translation; 7. Joyce's Use of Language in 'Sirens'; Part IV: Joyce and the Contemporary World; 8. On Reading Ulysses after the Fall of the Berlin Wall; 9. Joyce and Contemporary Irish Writing; Select Bibliography; Index.