Reading Joyce

Reading Joyce

by David Pierce

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Reading Joyce by David Pierce

'Is there one who understands me?'

So wrote James Joyce towards the end of his final work, Finnegans Wake. The question continues to be asked about the author who claimed that he had put so many enigmas into Ulysses that it would 'keep the professors busy for centuries' arguing over what he meant. For Joyce this was a way of ensuring his immortality, but it could also be claimed that the professors have served to distance Joyce from his audience, turning his writings into museum pieces, pored over and admired, but rarely touched. In this remarkable book, steeped in the learning gained from a lifetime's reading, David Pierce blends word, life and image to bring the works of one of the great modern writers within the reach of every reader. With a sharp eye for detail and an evident delight in the cadences of
Joyce's work, Pierce proves a perfect companion, always careful and courteous, pausing to point out what might otherwise be missed. Like the best of critics, his suggestive readings constantly encourage the reader back to
Joyce's own words.

Beginning with Dubliners and closing with Finnegans Wake, Reading Joyce is full of insights that are original and illuminating, and Pierce succeeds in presenting Joyce as an author both more straightforward and infinitely more complex than we had perhaps imagined. T. S. Eliot wrote of Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses,
that it is 'a book to which we are all indebted, and from which none of us can escape'. With David Pierce as a guide, the debt we owe to Joyce becomes clearer, and the need to flee is greatly reduced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405840613
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/24/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,324,986
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Pierce has taught, read, and written about modern literature and Irish writing for more than thirty years. He is on the Board of the International James Joyce Foundation and the author of James Joyce's Ireland; Yeats's Worlds: Ireland, England and the Poetic Imagination; Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader; Light, Freedom and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing; and Joyce and Company (Continuum). David lives in York.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. 1904: Joyce’s Point of Departure 3. The Unfinished Sentences of ‘The Sisters’ 4. Saying Goodbye in ‘Eveline’ 5. Blinds and Railings in ‘Araby’ and ‘Two Gallants’ 6. Teaching Dubliners 7. On A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 8. Approaching Ulysses 9. Leopold Bloom At Home and At Work 10. Student Responses to Molly Bloom 11. Figuring Out Finnegans Wake

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