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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.


Stuart Gilbert / James Joyce's Ulysses


Gilbert, Stuart. James Joyce's Ulysses. London: Faber and Faber, 1930.





Part I. Introduction

I The Narrative of Ulysses 

II The Rhythm of Ulysses 


1 'Met-him-pike-hoses' 

2 The Seal of Solomon 

3 The Omphalos 

4 Paternity 


1 Dubliners-Vikings-Achaeans 

2 Ulysses and the Odyssesy 


Part II. The Episodes 

1 Telemachus 

2 Nestor 

3 Proteus 

4 Calypso 

5. The Lotus-eaters 

6 Hades 

7 Aeolus 

8 The Lestrygonians 

9 Scylla and Charybdis 

10 The Wandering rocks 

11 The Sirens 

12 The Cyclops 

13 Nausicaa 

14 The Oxen of the Sun 

15 Circe 

16 Eumaeus 

17 Ithaca 

18 Penelope





"Ulysses is a work which not only seems obscure but is also somewhat inaccessible. In writing this commentary I have borne in mind the unusual circumstances that, though Ulysses is probably the most-discussedliterary work that has appeared in our time, the book itself is hardly more than a name to many. I have, therefore, quoted freely from the text, so that those who are unable to amen their voyage á Ithaque, otherwise to the sign of Shakespeare & Co., at Paris, and acquire the original, may, despite the censorial ban, become acquainted with Mr Joyce's epic work. " (9)


ハーバート・ゴーマン/ジョイスの文學 永松定訳(1932)



原著:Herbert Gorman. James Joyce: His Forty Years.New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1924.  





Frank Budgen / James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses (1934)


Budgen, Frank. James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1960.  (但し、以下は1960年に発行されたものを掲載)→フランク・バッジェン『「ユリシーズ」を書くジョイス』岡野浩史訳、近代文芸社、1998年




Introduction by Hugh Kenner

Author's Preface

Author's Note

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

Chapter XIV

Appendix: Further Recollections of James Joyce





Here is the best possible introduction to the Joyce world - an unpretentious, reliable, highly animated guide to what the new reader will find in Ulysses.

  Thousands of readers every year make the aquaintance of the Bloomsday chronicle, a book no one, least of all the author, expected us to absorb casually. A mentor is advisable: not an unreasonable prerequisite for one of the key books of the space age. Here Mr. Budgen is unexcelled. He does not sluice our minds with irrelevant ideas generated by the technical novelties of Joyce's text. His training in Impressionist painting accustomed him to the notion that the man who is fabricating a work of art employs deliberate procedures. Hence the case with which he installs his reader in a world where the bizarre modes of presentation are the book - more than an exercise in mechanics, opening as they do on every province of human life. Myth, symbol, doctrine, device, scheme, key, correspondence - all these components of Joyce's work enter Mr. Budgen's reckoning, and all of them turn out to be necessary details in a human enterprise dominated, for him, by a human being of genious.


The statements above are paraphrased from Hugh Kenner's introduction to this new edition of Mr. Budgen's invaluable book. Based on a friendship between Joyce and Budgen which began in Zurich during the First World War (when Joyce was about midway in the writing of Ulysses), this intimate account brings Joyce to life as no other study by a contemporary has ever done.


Herbert Gorman / James Joyce (1939)


Gorman, Herbert. James Joyce. Rinehart & Company, 1939.




 1924年に出版されたJames Joyce: His First Forty Yearsの改訂版(著者校正版)