The Dead

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This edition of Joyce's classic short story from Dubliners presents the 1969 Viking critical edition, prepared by Robert Scholes, along with five critical essays - newly commissioned or revised for a student audience - that read "The Dead" from five contemporary critical perspectives. Each critical essay is accompanied by a succinct introduction to the history, principles, and practice of the critical perspective, and a bibliography that promotes further exploration of that approach. The text and essays are ...
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The Dead (A Novella)

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Overview

This edition of Joyce's classic short story from Dubliners presents the 1969 Viking critical edition, prepared by Robert Scholes, along with five critical essays - newly commissioned or revised for a student audience - that read "The Dead" from five contemporary critical perspectives. Each critical essay is accompanied by a succinct introduction to the history, principles, and practice of the critical perspective, and a bibliography that promotes further exploration of that approach. The text and essays are further complemented by an introduction providing biographical and historical contexts to Joyce and "The Dead," a survey of critical responses to the story since its initial publication, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441488374
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/26/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 54
  • Sales rank: 469,934
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

James Joyce
JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941), one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, transformed the art of fiction. The author of numerous novels and poems, including Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake, and Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, he is considered, along with Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, and William Faulkner, to be a central figure in the development of the modern novel.

PHILIP DOSSICK is the New York Times critically acclaimed writer and director of the motion picture The P.O.W. He has written for television, including the outstanding drama, Transplant, produced by David Susskind for CBS. His most recent books include Aztecs: Epoch Of Social Revolution, Sex And Dreams, Mark Twain In Seattle, The Naked Citizen: Notes On Privacy In The Twenty-First Century, and Raymond Chowder And Bob Skloot Must Die.

Biography

James Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. He was the oldest of ten children in a family which, after brief prosperity, collapsed into poverty. Nonetheless, he was educated at the best Jesuit schools and then at University College, Dublin, where he gave proof of his extraordinary talent.

In 1902, following his graduation, he went to Paris, thinking he might attend medical school there, but he soon gave up attending lectures and devoted himself to writing poems and prose sketches, and formulating an "aesthetic system'." Recalled to Dublin in April 1903 because of the fatal illness of his mother, he circled slowly towards his literary career. During the summer of 1904 he met a young woman from Galway, Nora Barnacle, and persuaded her to go with him to the Continent, where he planned to teach English.The young couple spent a few months in Pola (now in Yugoslavia), then in 1905 moved to Trieste, where, except for seven months in Rome and three trips to Dublin, they lived until June 1915. They had two children, a son and a daughter. His first book, the poems of Chamber Music, was published in London in 1907, and Dubliners, a book of stories, in 1914. Italy's entrance into the First World War obliged Joyce to move to Zürich, where he remained until 1919. During this period he published A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Exiles, a play (1918).

After a brief return to Trieste following the armistice, Joyce determined to move to Paris so as to arrange more easily for the publication of Ulysses, a book which he had been working on since 1914. It was, in fact, published on his birthday in Paris, in 1922, and brought him international fame. The same year he began work on Finnegan's Wake, and though much harassed by eye troubles, and deeply affected by his daughter's mental illness, he completed and published that book in 1939. After the outbreak of the Second World War, he went to live in Unoccupied France, then managed to secure permission in December 1940 to return to Zürich. Joyce died there six weeks later, on 13 January 1941, and was buried in the Fluntern Cemetery.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 2, 1882
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      January 13, 1941
    2. Place of Death:
      Zurich, Switzerland
    1. Education:
      B.A., University College, Dublin, 1902
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Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
Pt. 1 "The Dead": The Complete Text
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts 3
The Complete Text 21
Pt. 2 "The Dead": A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of "The Dead" 63
Psychoanalytic Criticism and "The Dead" 85
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism? 85
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography 97
A Psychoanalytic Perspective: Gabriel Conroy's Psyche: Character as Concept in Joyce's "The Dead" 102
Reader-Response Criticism and "The Dead" 125
What Is Reader-Response Criticism? 125
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography 133
A Reader-Response Perspective: "A Symbol of Something": Interpretive Vertigo in "The Dead" 137
The New Historicism and "The Dead" 150
What Is the New Historicism? 150
The New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography 159
A New Historicist Perspective: Living History in "The Dead" 163
Feminist Criticism and "The Dead" 178
What Is Feminist Criticism? 178
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography 185
A Feminist Perspective: Not the Girl She Was at All: Women in "The Dead" 190
Deconstruction and "The Dead" 206
What Is Deconstruction? 206
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography 215
A Deconstructionist Perspective: For Whom the Snow Taps: Style and Repetition in "The Dead" 219
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms 235
About the Contributors 247
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