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MacCabe, Colin. James Joyce: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford UP, 2021. 




List of illustrations 


1. A publication in pot-First World War Paris

2. Dubliners

3. A Portrait 

4. Ulysses

5. Finnegans Wake

6. The Aunt Josephine Paradox

Further reading





James Joyce is one of the greatest writers in English. His first book, A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man laid down the template for the Coming of Age novel, while his collection of short stories, Dubliners, is of perennial interest. His great modern epic, Ulysses, took the city of Dublin for its setting and all human life for its subject, and its publication in 1922 marked the beginning of the modern novel. Joyce's final work, Finnegans Wake is an endless experiment in narrative and language. But if Joyce is a great writer he is also the most difficult writer in English. Finnegans Wake is written in a freshly invented language, and Ulysses exhausts all the forms and styles of English. Even the apparently simple Dubliners has plots of endless complexity, while the structure of A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man is exceptionally intricate.


This Very Short Introduction explores the work of this most influential yet complex writer, and analyses how Joyce's difficulty grew out of his situation as an Irish writer unwilling to accept the traditions of his imperialist oppressor, and contemptuous of the cultural banality of the Gaelic revival. Joyce wanted to investigate and celebrate his own life, but this meant investigating and celebrating the drunks of Dublin's pubs and the prostitutes of Dublin's brothels. No subject was alien to him and he developed the naturalist project of recording all aspects of life with the symbolist project of finding significant correspondences in the most unlikely material. Throughout, Colin MacCabe interweaves Joyce's life and history with his books, and draws out their themes and connections.

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小林広直:早稲田大学第一文学部卒業。2009年、早稲田大学文学研究科英文コース修士課程、2014年、University College Dublin MA(Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama)を修了、2018年、早稲田大学文学研究科(後期博士課程)英文学コース修了。博士(英文学) 現在、東洋学園大学准教授。アイルランド文学を専攻、専門はジェイムズ・ジョイス。他の関心領域は、ポストコロニアリズム、精神分析理論、亡霊表象の研究。主要業績はこちらから

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平繁佳織:上智大学外国語学部卒業。2012年、東京大学大学院人文社会系研究科英語英米文学専門分野修士課程を修了。現在、University College DublinのPhD課程に在籍中。中央大学助教。アイルランド文学を専攻、専門はジェイムズ・ジョイス。関心領域は20世紀前半の復興運動における音楽とその文学表象。

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宮本亜由美:STEPHENS WORKSHOPの背景画像で使用されているダブリンの地図はデザイナーの宮本亜由美によって制作されたオリジナルデザインです。