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This reader-friendly introduction makes Joyce asscessible by combining the excitement of reading his words with the excitement of interpreting them.

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"Seidel has written an admirable brief introduction for the generalreader. Obviously the product of many years of teaching Joyce, it'sconcise, fresh and very accessible." Ronald Bush, St John'sCollege, University of Oxford

"Entering the Joycean labyrinth – whether for the firsttime, or the twenty-first – one could not wish for a wiser,more gracious, better-humored guide than Michael Seidel. He rangesover the full spectrum of Joyce's writing with a lightness of touchand a sureness of direction that makes being his student anunmitigated delight." Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Southern IllinoisUniversity

"In James Joyce: A Short Introduction, Michael Seidel haspulled off one of the most difficult feats in current publishing.Seidel manages to capture anew what it is that makes Joyce'swriting unique, and to elucidate even his most abstruse ofabstrusities with a directness, clarity and infectious pleasurewhich reminds one all over again why one loves Joyce." JeriJohnson, Exeter College, University of Oxford

"In James Joyce: A Short Introduction, Seidel hasprovided a clear and accessible distillation of the biographicaland historical background to Joyce's work as well as a set ofmethodological tools designed to help the 'general reader'understand and interpret Joyce's use of language and narrativeform. Resisting the urge to 'decode' Joyce's style by appealing tocontent, Seidel has done an admirable job of demystifying some ofJoyce's techniques without dismissing or devaluing theirimportance." Irish Studies Review

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Meet the Author

Michael Seidel is Jesse and George Siegel Professor ofHumanities at Columbia University. He has written widely onnarrative form and his previous publications include EpicGeography: James Joyce's Ulysses (1976), Exile and theNarrative Imagination (1986), and Robinson Crusoe: IslandMyths and the Novel (1991). He is associate editor of theColumbia History of British Fiction and co-editor of thefirst two volumes of The Complete Works of Daniel Defoe(2000, 2001). He also serves on the editorial board of The JamesJoyce Studies Annual.

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing Joyce.

2. Master Plots.

3. Dubliners.

4. Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man.

5. Exiles.

6. Levels of Narration.

7. Homer in Ulysses.

8. Three Dubliners.

9. Reflexive Fiction.

10. Strategic Planning.



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