The Ordeal of Stephen Dedalus: The Conflict of the Generations in James Joyce's

The Ordeal of Stephen Dedalus: The Conflict of the Generations in James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

by Edmund L. Epstein
     
 

In his pursuit of the unknown in Joyce’s works, Edmund Epstein has made new discoveries of Joyce through an astonishing range of refer­ences and documentation, from Hebrew to Classical and modern European thought. This book will be of immediate and invaluable significance not only to Joyce scholars but to students and readers of modern literature in

…  See more details below

Overview

In his pursuit of the unknown in Joyce’s works, Edmund Epstein has made new discoveries of Joyce through an astonishing range of refer­ences and documentation, from Hebrew to Classical and modern European thought. This book will be of immediate and invaluable significance not only to Joyce scholars but to students and readers of modern literature in general.

The pattern Epstein sees in Joyce’s works is the conflict of genera­tions, the recurring pattern of human nature which Joyce sought to discover and describe. Mr. Epstein follows Joyce’s working of the process through A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to its climax in Ulysses, and constantly refers to Finnegans Wake for corroboration and perspective. Valuable in itself for its new reading of Joyce, Epstein’s work offers new interpretations of themes and symbols which have heretofore puzzled Joyce scholars.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Long awaited in Joycean circles, this book is the most authoritative work to date on Joyce’s ‘A Portrait’… One espe­cially valuable chapter of this scholarly and original book deals with Stephen as dancer, or King David figure. Students of Joyce will henceforth need to come to terms with Epstein’s stimulating reading of the early work”—Virginia Quarterly Review

“Long awaited in Joycean circles, this book is the most authoritative work to date on Joyce’s ‘A Portrait’… One espe­cially valuable chapter of this scholarly and original book deals with Stephen as dancer, or King David figure. Students of Joyce will henceforth need to come to terms with Epstein’s stimulating reading of the early work”—Virginia Quarterly Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809304851
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1971
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Edmund L. Epstein is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University. He edited The James Joyce Review.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >