Narrative Strategies in Joyce's Ulysses
|Author: ||Kelly, Dermot|
This books tackles the central stylistic problem of Ulysses -- the fact that many of Joyce's experiments seem to be divergences from the novelistic story. By tracing key words, images and voices through the labyrinth of the later episodes, it develops new proof of the novel's formal unity. There are revealing observations about the way Joyce transforms parody into a mode of celebratory lyricism. Brings a fresh perspective to the puzzle of Joyce's styles, linking character and discourse in a humanistic appreciation of the author's artistry.
". . . this study embodies the successes and the problems currently facing formalist work on Joyce. The book's focus on narrative technique, clear presentation, and humanistic voice are useful and welcome in this time of revaluation of the directions of criticism and cultural studies." - James Joyce Quarterly
". . . this short book can be usefully consulted by an advanced undergraduate for an indication of new directions in recent research." - Choice
"These readings of what he calls crucial passages are sustained and informative, being by and large convincing in detail; their strength lies in their combination of attention both to stylistic and emotional elements that animate every passage of Ulysses and make it a unified experience. In this important regard Kelly's book succeeds in its aim in balancing."- James Joyce Literary Supplement