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129 pages ; 22 cm.
That James Joyce's ""The Dead"" forms an extraordinary conclusion to his collection Dubliners , there can be no doubt. But as many have pointed out, ""The Dead"" may equally well be read as a novella--arguably, one of the finest novellas ever written. ""The Dead, "" a ""story of public life, "" as Joyce categorised it, was written more than a year after Joyce had finished the other stories in the collection, and was meant to redress what he felt was their ""unnecessary harsh[ness]."" Set on the feast of the epiphany, it is a haunting tale of connection and of alienation, reflecting, in the words of Stanislaus Joyce (James's brother and confidant), ""the nostalgic love of a rejected exile."" The present volume highlights ""The Dead"" for readers who wish to focus on that great work in a concise volume--and for university courses in which it is not possible to cover all of Dubliners . But it also gives a strong sense of how that story is part of a larger whole. One story from each of the other sections of Dubliners has been included, and a wide range of background materials is included as well, providing a vivid sense of the literary and historical context out of which the work emerged.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781554811656 20160616
Green Library
xii, 360 p. ; 21 cm.
  • The Portrait in perspective / Hugh Kenner
  • The problem of distance in A portrait of the artist / Wayne Booth
  • The style of the troubled conscience / Hélène Cixous
  • A portrait of the artist / Patrick Parrinder
  • The challenge : "ignotas animum" (an old-fashioned close guessing at a borrowed structure) / Fritz Senn
  • The name and the scar : identity in The odyssey and A portrait of the artist as a young man / Maud Ellmann
  • Stephen's diary in Joyce's Portrait : the shape of life / Michael Levenson
  • Framing, being framed, and the Janus faces of authority / Vicki Mahaffey
  • Thrilled by his touch : the aestheticizing of homosexual panic in A portrait of the artist as a young man / Joseph Valente
  • Portrait of an aesthete / Emer Nolan
  • The woman of the Ballyhoura Hills : James Joyce and the politics of creativity / Marian Eide
  • Goodbye Ireland I'm going to Gort : geography, scale, and narrating the nation / Marjorie Howes
  • Between Stephen and Jim : portraits of Joyce as a young man / Mark Wollaeger.
James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: A Casebook offers a comprehensive introduction to a landmark in modern fiction. The essays collected here will help first-time readers, teachers, and advanced scholars gain new insight into Joyce's semi-autobiographical story of an Irish boy's slow and difficult discovery of his artistic vocation. The epitome of the modernist Bildungsroman, or novel of education, Joyce's novel was controversial from the moment of its publication in 1916, and Mark Wollaeger's introduction provides an overview of the composition and early reception of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as well as a survey of some of the recurrent issues debated by literary critics. The selection of the essays is designed to address major critical issues, provide detailed readings of important passages, and trace the evolution of critical responses to the novel. Essays by Hugh Kenner and Patrick Parrinder offer both indispensable overviews of the entire novel-its themes, structure, and idiom-and close attention to specific interpretive cruxes. In addition to classic responses to Portrait, such as Wayne Booth's critique of authorial "distance, " Fritz Senn's unpacking of the epigraph, and Michael Levenson's reading of the diary, the collection includes a newly revised and expanded version of Maud Ellmann's groundbreaking 1982 poststructuralist essay, "Polytropic Man, " and essays by Helene Cixous, Joseph Valente, Vicki Mahaffey, Emer Nolan, Marian Eide, Marjorie Howes, and Mark Wollaeger. Some essays are oriented toward literary history, genre, biography or formalism; others draw on recent developments in queer theory and postcolonial studies; others on the turn towards history exemplified in Irish studies. All are very readable and pay close attention to intricacies of Joyce's text. Together the essays bring into focus the wide range of questions that have kept A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man fresh for the new millennium.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195150759 20160528
Green Library
x, 123 p. ; 20 cm.
This work argues that although "The Waste Land" demands close reading, the spirit of the old New Criticism works with inappropriate assumptions about unity and closed form. Many critics have tried to fix the text, to find hidden narratives and plots, spiritual guests and allegories of salvation. Instead, this reading sees the poem as resolutely open-ended, supporting this view with recent developments in Reader-Response criticism and Reception Theory. The study focuses on the way poetry sounds (or does not sound, cannot be sounded). It concentrates on syntax, lineation and intonation. It also brings out the presence of the muted voices of wronged women in a work often called misogynistic.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745007380 20160527
Green Library

4. To the lighthouse [1955]

xii, 209 p. ; 22 cm.
  • The Window
  • Time Passes
  • The Lighthouse.
At their holiday home in Cornwall, a distant lighthouse holds a haunting attraction for the members of an Edwardian family as disillusionment, turmoil, and a world on the brink of war plague the family's relationships.
Green Library