Irish Divorce / Joyce's Ulysses

Irish Divorce / Joyce's Ulysses

by Peter Kuch

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ISBN-13: 9781349957552
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 07/27/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter Kuch studied with Richard Ellmann and John Kelly at Oxford. Since then he has held posts at the University of Newcastle, Australia; Université de Caen, France; and the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has also held Fellowships at the Australian National University; Trinity College, Dublin; and Notre Dame, Indiana. At present he is the inaugural Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Table of Contents


Reading Sex, Love, and Divorce in Ulysses as Certain Uncertainties.-“Not now”–Breakfast at No. 7.- Bloom in the Sexualized City.- “Bloowho” and Silence.- Sex, Pleasure, Guilt, and Divorce.- Money and Divorce.- Bloom Enters the Bed.- Will They or Won’t They?

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“Written by a major expert on the subject, this book combines a fine sensitivity to Joyce's texts with an assured understanding of his contexts--a tour de force.” (Declan Kiberd Donal and Marilyn Keogh, Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA)

“Original, provocative, compelling ...Kuch has provided a fascinating new frame for considering Joyce’s great novel as a whole.” (Finn Fordham, Professor of English, Literature and Theory Group, Royal Holloway College, London University)


“Joyce’s awareness of the intricacies of divorce law, as Irish Divorce/Joyce’s Ulysses brilliantly shows, illuminates not only hidden corners of the Blooms’ troubled marriage but also darker sides of Victorian respectability and Catholic Ireland. Alive to both text and context, Kuch's exemplary scholarship and eye for detail demonstrates how literature often picks up where law leaves off, allowing valuable new insights into the intimacies and anxieties of domestic life in late colonial Ireland.” (Luke Gibbons, Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, Maynooth University, Ireland)

"[This book] is surely the best account of the theme we have by a long way. I learnt a lot from it and thought it was very professionally handled. … 'Ithaca’ and above all 'Eumaeus’ seemed to me brilliant … .” (Professor Andrew Gibson, Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, English Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

“[This] book is a great illustration of the point [Peter Kuch] quote[s] about the pleasure of seeing how the vast network of cultural allusions in Ulysses relate to each other. So interesting to look at the complex text through the divorce prism. Of course [the] diligent research enhances the range and depth of the view through that prism. It's great fun to read, and always insightful and educational.” (Joseph Hassett, author of The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law, 2016)

“Ulysses revisited with divorce more coherently in mind, as Peter Kuch has done, reveals a much stronger presence in the narrative than has been noted until now … [His] huge commitment to and enthusiasm for the massive research which underpins this book, pervades what is one of the most readable and exciting contemporary works on Ulysses.” (Dr. Mary McAleese, speaking at the launch of Irish Divorce, Joyce’s Ulysses, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin on 7 June 2017)

“Not many books on Ulysses have permanently changed the way the most important novel of the twentieth century is read. Peter Kuch's Irish Divorce/Joyce’s Ulysses does just that: as a result of Kuch's meticulous research into the legal complexities of divorce in Ireland and England in the early part of the century, we can now see that Leopold and Molly's marriage was not necessarily indissoluble, although this has always been assumed to be the case. The possibility of obtaining a divorce from Molly, by a petition to the English courts, is not a fantasy on Leopold's part, and to become aware of this is to have one's sense of their relationship—and its potential future after the novel has ended—altered for good. Irish Divorce/Joyce's Ulysses is contextual criticism at its very best.” (Professor Derek Attridge, speaking at the launch of Irish Divorce/Joyce’s Ulysses at the Irish Ambassador’s residence, Singapore on 25 July 2017 during the annual IASIL Conference)

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