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Joyce's Voices

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Publisher Comments:

When a correspondent from Missouri wrote to Hugh Kenner and asked that he elaborate on his assertion that "Joyce began Ulysses in naturalism and ended it in parody," Kenner answered with this book. Joyce's Voices is both a helpful guide through Joyce's complexities, and a brief treatise on the concept of objectivity: the idea that the world can be perceived as a series of reports to our senses. Objectivity, Kenner claims, was a modern invention, and one that the modernists--Joyce foremost among them--found problematic. Accessible and enjoyable, Joyce's Voices is what so much criticism is not: an aid to better understanding--and enjoying more fully--the work of one of the world's greatest writers.

Book News Annotation:

Written in answer to a letter that asked Kenner to elaborate on his assertion that "Joyce began Ulysses in naturalism and ended it in parody," this book explores the way Joyce is able to play two roles in the novel--that of Bloom and the narrator--by using a technique that Kenner calls the "Uncle Charles Principle." Kenner demonstrates the way this principle subverts the traditional novelistic technique of being told only the things an observer would experience and allows Joyce to achieve a remarkable level of complexity and narrative depth. This is a reprint of the original edition published in 1978 by the U. of California Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Kenner's work is an achievement of a polymath: it ranges from Jonathan Swift to Flaubert, and from Dickens to T. S. Eliot, circling around its two main concerns: Joyce's Ulysses and the death of objectivity as a privileged style in modern literature.As always, Kenner is original, provocative, stimulating, occasionally perverse, and immensely readable . . . The book offers important new insights into Joyce's art.The volume is easy to handle and a delight to read. And Kenner's leaping wit, his metaphors, his transitions from insight to insight, his lively attention to Joyce's invention--these qualities make it difficult, if you pick it up one evening, not to finish it before turning off the light.

Synopsis:

"An original and entertaining study of, chiefly, Ulysses . . . This is a most stimulating book."--Anthony Burgess

About the Author

Hugh Kenner (1923-2003)--born in Ontario, Canada--was one of the greatest literary critics of the twentieth century. He taught at several universities during his lifetime and was a frequent contributor to the National Review. His numerous critical books include The Pound Era, Joyce's Voices, Samuel Beckett: A Critical Study, Flaubert, Joyce and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians, and Gnomon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564784285
Author:
Kenner, Hugh
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Joyce, James
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Dalkey Archive
Series:
American Literature Series
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.5 in 0.355 lb

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Product details 120 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564784285 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Kenner's work is an achievement of a polymath: it ranges from Jonathan Swift to Flaubert, and from Dickens to T. S. Eliot, circling around its two main concerns: Joyce's Ulysses and the death of objectivity as a privileged style in modern literature.As always, Kenner is original, provocative, stimulating, occasionally perverse, and immensely readable . . . The book offers important new insights into Joyce's art.The volume is easy to handle and a delight to read. And Kenner's leaping wit, his metaphors, his transitions from insight to insight, his lively attention to Joyce's invention--these qualities make it difficult, if you pick it up one evening, not to finish it before turning off the light.
"Synopsis" by , "An original and entertaining study of, chiefly, Ulysses . . . This is a most stimulating book."--Anthony Burgess
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