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James Joyce A Critical Guide$
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Lee Spinks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638352

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638352.001.0001

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James Joyce A Critical Guide

Lee Spinks

Edinburgh University Press

This book investigates the life, works and critical reputation of James Joyce. Joyce's peripatetic career and complex reinvention of modern Western culture has made him a subject of enduring fascination and established him as perhaps the greatest and most enigmatic literary figure of the twentieth century. Part I of this book provides a concise narrative of Joyce's life and literary career. Part 2 discusses a critical commentary upon all of Joyce's prose works and explores the style and significance of his poetry and drama. The last part reviews a historical overview of the critical reception of Joyce's work in order to examine how particular styles of reading and modes of critical practice have influenced the understanding of Joyce.

Keywords:   James Joyce, modern Western culture, prose works, poetry, drama, reading, critical practice, literary figure

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