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James Joyce's Ulysses: Critical Essays ★ [PDF / Epub] ☄ James Joyce's Ulysses: Critical Essays By Clive Hart ✪ – Thomashillier.co.uk This book contains eighteen original essays by leading Joyce scholars on the eighteen separate chapters of Ulysses It attempts to explore the richness of Joyce's extraordinary novel fully than could b This book contains eighteen original essays Ulysses: Critical PDF/EPUB ¼ by leading Joyce scholars on the eighteen separate chapters of Ulysses It attempts to explore the richness of Joyce's extraordinary novel fully than could be done by any single scholar Joyce's habit of using when writing each chapter in Ulysses a particular style tone point of view and narrative structure gives each contributor a special set James Joyce's MOBI :↠ of problems with which to engage problems which coincide in every case with certain of his special interests The essays in this volume complement and illuminate one another to provide the most comprehensive account yet published of Joyce's many sided masterpiece.

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  • 447 pages
  • James Joyce's Ulysses: Critical Essays
  • Clive Hart
  • English
  • 10 April 2014
  • 9780520032750

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  1. Bob R Bogle Bob R Bogle says:

    A few years ago some Twitter wit I forget whom suggested that the eighteen episodes comprising James Joyce's Ulysses might be conceived of as or less independent scrolls; that the compounded tome represents a collection of said scrolls compiled in a manner like unto how Homer might have aggregated The Odyssey from the efforts of pre existing raconteurs imparting his own authorial stamp to the collective work While I've no indication that such was Joyce's intent I've ever since found the mental image of a disheveled pile of scrolls to be a useful model for thinking about Ulysses and its infamously radical shifts of style and emphasis from one episode to the next This could also account for Joyce referring to said independent components as episodes rather than the conventional chaptersTaking on Ulysses episode by episode James Joyce's Ulysses Critical Essays edited by Hart and Hayman is so stuffed with invaluable insights that never before in my life have I filled up a book with so many Post It notes for later review Having already been though Ulysses about seven or eight times in the last few years and beginning ― so I innocently believed ― to acuire a certain panoramic vision and appreciation of its sweeping narrative and vast multitude of characters Hart and Hayman humbled me revealing that in some ways I am only just beginning to break down through the superficial crust of the book and to plunge into the true and unexpected allusive ocean of dimly lit psychopoetics which broods beneath Some of the episodes I now must fundamentally rethink; others I now suspect I perceive only through the darkest glass most obscurelyOf course this is the great fun of reading James Joyce and what you find in no other writer as soon as the words I understand occur to you the solid earth crumbles from beneath your feet It's not so much a matter of coming to understand Joyce's stories as it is learning how to read and reconsidering what the act of reading is or can or may beSome of the eighteen essays to be found in Hart and Hayman ― one essay for each of the episodes in Ulysses ― are mind blowing than others Robert Kellogg on Scylla and Charybdis is something of a revelation Clive Hart on Wandering Rocks is nothing less than astonishing Jackson I Cope is a most helpful guide through the musicality of Sirens providing a number of useful guideposts David Hayman shows us how the text of Cyclops is nested in a way I hadn't picked up on before and also here sets out his critical Arranger theory of narration throughout Ulysses which by itself makes this particular essay a vital one Likewise while JS Atherton may not be the last word on Oxen of the Sun he probably comes close; at a minimum Atherton's essay is unuestionably reuired readingReading and carefully reflecting on Gifford's Ulysses Annotated and Gilbert's James Joyce's Ulysses A Study are of secondary importance only to successive re readings of Joyce's original text if one hopes to begin to garner something approaching a respectable comprehension of Ulysses James Joyce's Ulysses Critical Essays is likewise an important reference work though perhaps a bit less so for the layman than for the academic scholar but only a bit If Gifford and Gilbert and Joyce were reuired reading for a 400 level course then you'd expect to encounter Hart and Hayman in a graduate course It's not too much for the layman to come to terms with I am myself such a layman and I find this book to be masterful and helpful in the extreme Some might object to my use of the word fun here until they've made their first conceptual breakthrough and acknowledged that Joyce's conception of fiction is unlike anything they've encountered before

  2. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I used three companion books alongside reading Ulysses and this was always the last of the three to be read and often was skimmed Each chapter corresponds with a chapter of the novel and is written by a different scholar Some of them seem to feel they need to go deeper than is really necessary one memorable example is the assertion that Joyce chooses the roundness of words depending on which characters are in the room and it is clear that several had scholar envy and wished they were writing about the Circe chapter instead that did help me know it was important when I finally got there I did appreciate the alternate viewpoints and some of the charts and graphs while I made fun of them at first really helped me understand what the heck was going on

  3. William William says:

    This is a collection of 18 essays one per chapter and each by a different author The course guide for Heffernan's Ulysses lecture series describes this book as essential—a term it also uses for Hugh Kenner's commentary which I'll separately review and for Gifford Seidman's Ulysses Annotated which I have not readHaving a different author for each essay is both a weakness and a strength The weakness is that the book is not cohesive and the various essays are uneven in uality For example I could have done without the commentary on the last chapter Penelope by a Fr Robert Boyle SJ which contains such insightful gems asIn the eight sentences of this chapter I suspect that Joyce is using the shape and structure of the figure 8 so freuently repeated for sexual symbolism analogous to the familiar treatment of the figure 69 If this is so and if the 8 symbolizes Molly's genital area as I think it does then Bloom who worships woman particularly in her life giving and regenerative role is here ritually approaching the source of human life Since as I see it the black dot at the end of the Ithaca chapter signifies not only darkness but Molly's anus as well Bloom is at present allowed to approach only the bottom half of the total eight which represents Molly's mesial grooveBut I think the strengths outweigh the weakness because having different authors means that each chapter provides a uniue voice and take on Ulysses For example chapter 10 in Ulysses Wandering Rocks takes the form of 19 separate episodes told from different uasi simultaneous perspectives around Dublin and covers about an hour of real time The corresponding commentary chapter here by Clive Hart includes a foldout chart listing the 29 characters covered in Wandering Rocks on one axis and minute by minute timestamps on the other Hart then spent a day walking around Dublin with a stopwatch recreating the activities described in Wandering Rocks and filled out the chart to show how all the various actions intersect during the hour of real timeIf you decide to tackle Ulysses and only wanted to pick up a single supplemental book this would be my recommendation of the four that I read That is not because I liked it the most but because it is the most comprehensive A book like this may not be as useful if you are using one of the other Introduction to Ulysses commentaries—Heffernan's course guide appears to particularly recommend the version by Blamires for that purpose—but I haven't read any of those so can't commentI give this four stars rather than five because most of the commentary chapters had something insightful and interesting to recommend them but a few were pretty big duds

  4. James C James C says:

    Joyce was 40 yrs old when Ulysses was published it is a day in the life of a husband and father of Joyce's age at publication Joyce loved Dublin and Ireland and though the book was written on the European continent he wanted to memorialize his birth home Ireland The framework of Ulysses is Homer's Odyssey The Roman Ulysses 1 Telemachus 2 Nestor 3 Proteus 4 Calypso 5 Lotus Eaters 6 Hades 7 Aeolus 8 Lestrygonians 9 Scylla And Charybdis 10 Wandering Rocks 11 Sirens 12 Cyclops 13 Nausicca 14 Oxen Of The Sun 15 Circe 16 Eumaeus 17 Ithaca and 18 PenelopeUlysses is the tale of a Modern day Odysseus Leopold Bloom in his personal existentialsexual uest The conclusion of this uest is the uintessential affirmation of humanity the fundamental family unit the father mother son and daughter Like Odysseus absent from Penelope traveling the world for many long years Leopold Bloom is also absent from his Penelope in Dublin Like a traveler Odysseus Bloom is sexually absent abstinent from Molly “10 years 5 months and 18 days” 736 Unlike Odysseus the obstacles Bloom faces are psychological modern internal travails instead of Odysseus' external travails Bloom's only son’s death has become a psychological barrier; as Molly reflects “we were never the same since” 778 Yet Bloom is optimistic throughout the work in regard to the possibility of another child again Molly ”Ill give him one chance” 780 Affirmatively as we grow to know Molly we find she has given and is willing to continue to give Bloom “one chance” Through the course of the Dublin day Bloom experiences “deep frustration humiliation fear punishment and catharsis” Herring p74 Bloom needs to lead himself back out of self deception fantasy and frustration to Molly’s and his marriage bedBloom’s travails come in the Circe chapter and it is imperative for Joyce that as readers we recognize Joyce’s change from Homer's Odyssey this is Joyce's major rework deviating from his Greek predecessor For Odysseus insight understanding enlightenment and all importantly direction come to Odysseus in his journey to the ancient Greek Underworld For Bloom the Hades chapter or “the other world” represents an “emptiness of mind”; Joyce was a man grounded and devoted to the present world of man's consciousness and unconsciousness In Ulysses enlightenment comes in the Circe chapter described though the Joycean techniue of hallucination or the discoveries of the unconscious mind” Joyce's Circe chapter a surrealistic one act Ibsen like play is where Bloom finds self possession Joyce makes Bloom encounter his own psycho sexual existential uestions rather than finding life's answers in the dead ghosts of his life the ancient Greek Hades chapter of the dead pastIn the Circe chapter Bloom confronts and overcomes every major obstacle in his existentialsexual uest the Molly he serves in Calypso reappears as Bello the whoremistress Molly’s letter from Boylan and his from Martha are reworked into a series of seductive letters ending in a trial his sexual infidelities beginning with Lotty Clarke and ending with Gerty McDowell are relived importantly balanced by Molly’s infidelities and reconciled and lastly Bloom triumphs over whore Virgin Goddess and most importantly himself Joyce euanimously gives both Molly and Bloom extramarital sexual infidelities infidelities known by each of the other as early as the Calypso chapter Bloom was conscious of what was to come Of course there will be resolution in marriage for Molly only needs to feel that Bloom is willing As we read Bloom has undergone the travails of his own mind and has emerged Victorious He has succeeded in his psycho sexual existential uest He has arrived at Molly’s bed Self possessed Victorious EagerMolly I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and I knew I could always get round himthen he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down in to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes ENDAfter publishing Ulysses Joyce began FINNEGANS WAKE FW Joyce largely stepped out of one work into his next and last work The change Joyce made in FW was instead of using Homer's Ulysses as a framework FW's framework is Giambattista Vico's La Scienza Nuova's 4 cyclic stages of historyJoyce realized that he ended Ulysses wrongly not in accordance with the Universe in Molly's bed Joyce corrects his mistake in FINNEGANS WAKE by incorporating Vico's revelation of restart recirculation HCE day similar to Bloomsday roughly 24 hrs Chronologically FW starts with memories in book I3 of HCE arrested in front of his tavernhome like Bloom unable to enter his front door but HCE does not enter his home through the back door instead HCE is arrested for disturbances in hours before dawn Then memories book I4 HCE's consciousmusings or unconsciousdream psychological travails of past guilts underworld coffin Ulysses ch Hades while incarcerated in early hours of morning Followed by memories book I2 HCE walks home through Phoenix Park accosted for the time of day 12 noon which threatens realunreal memories Ulysses ch Nausicaa his innocent well being These 3 chapters in FW are Joyce's major rework to incorporate Vico's revelation of restart recirculation into FW Joyce rewrites 3 chapters of Ulysses When He is denied Her front door He is in Hell on earth when released from Hell His odyssey to Her begins again with His ever present accompanying internal travails for She always knows when He is worthy of Her acceptance their ParadiseThen book I1 Finnegan's afternoon wake at HCE's tavern and retelling memories books I2 4 Inside HCE's tavern his ship his patrons talk about his family Norwegian Captain and the Tailor's Daughter truthful letters ALP and fabricated stories books I5 8 II3; while the children Shaun Shem and Iseult are in and out of the family tavernhome all day taking their lessons book II2 and playing about with their friends Shem's closing dream book II1; HCE as proprietor defends himself with a self deprecating apologia before his intoxicated collapse late night book II3 HCE dreams on his tavern floor book II4; then dreams in his bed books III1 3; before intercourse with his wife ALP book III4 HCE ALP's lovemaking dissolution dream book IV to awaken to a new day Joycean Nirvana is attained by ALP's HCE's unification with the Unmanifest Creation Incarnate conception and Reincarnation the baton has been passed on again awaiting Joyce's God thunderclap at the beginning of FW's book IFW is aural oral history like Homer's Odessey and Celtic folktales when one pronounces phonology FW's words aloud there are languages than just English; also when one reads morphology FW's words almost all the words are portmanteaus neologisms which gives each of FW's poly syncretic words many meanings universal impermanence Heisenberg uncertaintyobscurity each FW syncretic sentence dozens of possible messages each FW syncretic paragraph hundreds of possible readings Joyce's rendering of a expansive English language and multiplicating universal book with coalescing syncretic themesstories that respondsopens to each reader's inuiries Joyce schooled in Christian Jesuit metaphysics pushed down into the mindfulness of human consciousness breathes in the spirit of expansive Celtic Irish democratic community tavern life where man's stories of life are told Tavern life teaches the evolution of Joyce's ten God thunderclaps one hundred lettered words pushing man's evolution forward from cave man's tales to modern tv media tales Inside the tavern man learns of the purely human animal fall taken down by another humans like animal taken down on the African savanna A granular reading of FW can render FW as an updated John Milton's Paradise Lost regurgitated knowledge from the tree to affirm man's damnation; however Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was published in 1859 and Joyce in FW book II clearly walks Shaun Shem and Iseult through their earthly evolutionary lifetime travails our mortality is a conseuence of Life's evolution Every page of FW speaks to man's evolution unconscious biological conscious social aspirational personal and to Life recirculating West meets Dzogchen East a meeting of metaphysical minds that binds humanity together into the future Dzogchen beyond all dualistic polarities the heart of human consciousness Joyce's underlying subcutaneous arguments refute the Western curse of metaphysicalmythological damnation the curse does not exist in the Eastern mind Like counting the number of angels on the head of a pin Auinas 1270 Joyce provides a granularexpansive reading of FW as a defense against all Western adversity for our conscious and unconscious Western travails HCE's angst is caused by his community that imposes a Western curse damnation upon him that man is not guilty ofto experience Joycean Nirvana a defense against this man made guilt is reuired for as Zoroaster revealed cosmogonic dualism evil is mixed with good in man's universal everyday travails even the Dalai Lama must defend Nirvana rigorously from the most populous authoritarian state in human historyJoyce's FW celebrates the Joys of ChristianBuddhist diversity of humanity expansive human consciousness Gnostic Norwegian Captain Shem Archdruid Brahma Finnegan HCE Shaun Divine Women ALP Iseult Nuvoletta his family and the Sufferings of the inescapable evil of Shiva Buckley the debilitating harmful sterile intrusive authoritarian institutionalizing damnation MaMaLuJo St Patrick by Augustine the manufactured clerical corruption identified by Luther since 367 AD and the burdens of survival of the fittest anxiety modern commerce met with a Dzogchen Buddhist stance The innocent infant Norwegian Captain Krishna HCE occasionally defensive Shiva HCE though concretized Brahma HCE by community family life MaMaLuJo through spirits drink HCE can access his spirituality dreams and through spiritual cutting through love making with ALP direct approach can access their Krishnas unification with the Unmanifest Joyce was a Prophet who consumed Man's conscious and spiritual thoughts and dreams history and gossip efforts and failings to reveal the joys Nirvana and sufferings Saṃsāra of MankindJoyce's FW message ChristianBuddhist omniscient compassion ChristKrishna is eternally joyful and recirculating Affirmative family HCEBrahma ALPDivine woman children existentiality life's biological evolution sex modern survival money constraining community Dharma social evolution are constantly assaulted by inescapable aggressive insidious vile corrupt soullesssucking ossified demonic antipathetic attacks Joycean Nirvana is attained via the ChristianBuddhist affirmative middle way beyond polar opposites the path of ChristBuddhaJCB

  5. Jessica Maginity Jessica Maginity says:

    Useful and sometimes uite good but often frustrating for unproductive reasons specifically sexism cult of personality weirdness and some pretty bad writing at times

  6. Mystery Theater Mystery Theater says:

    A different critic discusses each chapter of Ulysses Best critical analyses I know of

  7. Matthew Matthew says:

    Having completed Ulysses the New Bloomsday Book Ulysses Annotated and Stuart Gilbert's Ulysses prior to reading Hart's collection of critical essays I will admit that I had built up a fairly high level of expectation for all things Ulysses With that said I entered James Joyce's Ulysses Critical Essays with high hopes but an open mindI was profoundly disappointed with nearly every single essay I relished the concept of a different literary expert tackling a single episode of Ulysses and thus thereby adding to the collective font of knowledge about one of the greatest works of the 20th century Unfortunately for me the reality fell far short of what I had expectedTo say that each writer tackles AN episode is misleading at best Most if not all of the essays jump around the book flitting to and fro from its seventeen sister episodes in some cases spending time in them than in the one originally being investigated This was at worst obnoxious and dispiriting and at best an interesting way of providing a comprehensive look at the book as a whole Sadly the worst occurred far freuently and I found myself wondering what the ultimate point was of at least a few of the essaysThe writing itself in most cases consisted of the typical trite scholarly language that one would expect in such a collection of essays What irritated me though was a number of the writers' nasty habit of reusing the same word upwards of a dozen times in any given essay I'm all for sesuipedalitybut to use the word tumescence than a dozen times in an article? A thesaurus would most certainly have helpedThe biggest issue that I had with the essays en toto is the lack of any significant direction or overarching point Though each essay had a clear purpose at its genesis by the end said point was often muddled or lost confounded by a sea of disconnected ideas and pedantic languageI came to this book hoping to enjoy nearly two dozen new perspectives on Ulysses but what I ultimately found was a disjointed mess of overblown opinions none of which truly addressed the individual episodes adeuately I'm sure there are some phenomenal essays on Ulysses in numerous other collections I just did not find any here

  8. Thomas Thomas says:

    A mixed bag but worth the time This is not a guide to Ulysses as apparently some have thought Most of the essays assume that the reader has already consumed and digested the whole hog not just the breakfast kidney and with some thought Highlights for me were Adaline Glasheen on Calypso Robert Kellogg on Scylla and Charybdis and Phillip F Herring on Lotus Eaters I was a little disappointed in Hugh Kenner's too brief essay on Circe and a couple other essayists try to out Joyce Joyce which would have pleased him I'm sure But it does nothing for the woebegone student of the book Worth a gander in any case

  9. Nick Black Nick Black says:

    A pretty good selection actually Nothing's on par with Wilson's historic essay in Axel's Castle but it's largely solid

  10. Rachel Rachel says:

    Like most anthologies it's a mixed bag Some of the best essays are at the beginning I got a kick out of some of the essays and barely survived the others

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