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Joyce's only extant play, Exiles, is also his least appreciated work. Its form and its content—daunting even to Joyceans—create interpretive issues for readers and theater audiences who expect the deeper pleasures derived from Dubliners or Ulysses. Confronting a host of assumptions, misprisions, and prejudices, A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Patrick Gillespie contend that the play deserves the same serious study as Joyce’s fiction and stands on the cutting edge of modern drama.

The introduction situates Exiles in the context of Irish history and Joyce's other works. It highlights its often-overlooked complexity and closely examines the creative and domestic forces that contributed to the imaginative ethos from which the play emerged. The text of the play is newly annotated and unregularized, appearing for the first time as Joyce originally intended. This edition concludes with a range of critical responses, including essays on the confessional mode, characterization, and allegory, as well as an interview with Richard Nash, who has both directed and acted in the play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813064376
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Series: The Florida James Joyce Series
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

About The Author
A. Nicholas Fargnoli is dean emeritus of humanities at Molloy College. He is author and editor of several books and coeditor of “Ulysses” in Critical Perspective.

Michael Patrick Gillespie is professor of English at Florida International University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including James Joyce and the Exilic Imagination.

Date of Birth:

February 2, 1882

Date of Death:

January 13, 1941

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Zurich, Switzerland


B.A., University College, Dublin, 1902

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“Joyce’s one play finally gets the critical attention it deserves.”—Sam Slote, coeditor of Renascent Joyce

“Carefully selected discussions illuminate both Joyce’s Exiles and Joyce’s exile—and, as well, the sense of exile throughout Joyce’s work.”—Morris Beja, coeditor of Bloomsday 100: Essays on Ulysses

“A major contribution to Joyce studies: a fine introduction, a critical text of Exiles that faithfully restores Joyce’s stylistic practices, and a collection of incisive critical essays from the era of Kenner and Tindall to the present.”—Stephen Watt, author of “Something Dreadful and Grand”: American Literature and the Irish-Jewish Imagination

“For virtually everyone in any phase of the infinite enterprise that is coming to grips with the Joycean corpus, this volume will be a godsend.”—Margot Backus, author of Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars

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