Virgin and Veteran Readings of Ulysses

Virgin and Veteran Readings of Ulysses

by M. Norris


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Virgin and Veteran Readings of Ulysses by M. Norris

Imagine reading a classic novel like James Joyce’s Ulysses as though for the first time. Such an exercise, especially when informed by contemporary narrative theory, makes possible a different reading experience of the work, one with a renewed focus on plot and a surprising amount of suspense. Veteran Joyce scholar Margot Norris offers an innovative study of the processes of reading Ulysses as narrative and focuses on the unexplored implications, subplots, subtexts, hidden narratives, and narratology in one of the twentieth century’s most influential novels. It is a striking and essential contribution to literary criticism that will change the readings and understandings of Joyce’s most important work. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230338722
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Series: New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature Series
Edition description: 2011
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Margot Norris is Chancellor's Professor Emerita at the University of California, Irvine and a former President of the International James Joyce Foundation. Her books on the works of James Joyce include The Decentered Universe of Finnegans Wake, Joyce's Web, Suspicious Readings of Joyce's Dubliners, and she has also edited A Companion to James Joyce's Ulysses and the Norton Critical Edition of Joyce's Dubliners.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Virgin Reading, Possible Worlds Theory, and the Odyssean Intertext of Ulysses
Part I: Stephen Dedalus
• The Conflicts of Stephen Dedalus: From the “Telemachiad” to “Aeolus”
• The Stakes of Stephen’s Gambit: “Scylla and Charybdis”
• The Larger World of ‘Wandering Rocks’: The Case of Father Conmee
• Part II: Leopold Bloom
• Meet the Blooms: Secrets, Implicature, and Suspense in ‘Calypso’ and ‘Lotus Eaters’
• Jewish in Dublin: Bloom’s Encounters on the Way to “Cyclops”
• An Anatomy of Anti-Semitism: the “Cyclops” Episode
• The (Im)possible Worlds of the “Oxen of the Sun”
• “Circe”: Stephen’s and Bloom’s Catharsis
• The Text as Salvation Army: Abjection and Perception in “Eumaeus”
• Stephen Dedalus’s anti-Semitic Ballad: A Sabotaged Climax in “Ithaca”
• Part III: Molly Bloom
• Molly Bloom before “Penelope”
• Don’t Call Him “Blazes”: Hugh E. Boylan’s Narrative Caricature * Inside the Worlds of “Penelope”

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