James Joyce (1882-1941)

A selective list of online literary criticism and analysis for the twentieth-century Irish novelist and short story writer James Joyce, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & biography

"Capturing and Creating the Modern," a project from the British Library, provides a group of excellent articles covering many of the early twentieth-century British modernists. Introductory, close reading, and thematic articles are authored by recognized experts in their subjects, and are supported by links to manuscript drafts of modernist works in British Library's archive.

"Jame Joyce: Ulysses." On the complicated publishing history of Joyce's Ulysses, includes pictures of rare documents. Univ. of Wisconsin Library.

The James Joyce Centre. Web site from the James Joyce Centre, Dublin, contains a brief biography and some photographic exhibits.

Van Hulle, Dirk. "James Joyce." A substantial introduction. On A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1914); Finnegans Wake (1939) Also, essay by John Mepham on the stream of consciousness technique, used by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner. Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service].


literary criticism

Knowlton, Eloise. "Showings forth: Dubliners, photography, and the rejection of realism." Mosaic 2005.

Mickalites, Carey. "Dubliners' IOU: the aesthetics of exchange in 'After the Race' and 'Two Gallants.'" Journal of Modern Literature 2007.

Dubliners. A guide to Joyce's Dubliners for reading groups, with an introduction and discussion questions. Penguin Press.

Delany, Paul. "'A Would-be-dirty Mind': D.H. Lawrence as an Enemy of Joyce." On differences in attitudes of D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce. Web published by Professor Delany.

Osteen, Mark. "The treasure-house of language: managing symbolic economies in Joyce's 'Portrait.'" Studies in the Novel Summer 1995 [subscription service].

Perloff, Marjorie. "John Cage's Dublin, Lyn Hejinian's Leningrad: Poetic Cities as Cyberspaces." Perloff considers the modernist and postmodernist city in the works of James Joyce, Lyn Hejinian, and John Cage. Electronic Poetry Center.

Phillips, Brian. "Joyce's Visions." Phillips notes that "Joyce, who never forgets the rude reality of his surroundings, nevertheless grapples toward it through a gray blizzard of intellection." Hudson Review 57 (Summer 2004) [first page of article only].

Scholes, Robert. "In the Brothel of Modernism: Picasso and Joyce." Writes Dr. Scholes, "My argument, then, is that modernism was never a level playing field but was a gendered movement, driven by the anxieties and ambivalences of male artists and writers--anxieties and ambivalences that worked to bring the figure of the prostitute to the center of the modernist stage."

Senn, Fritz. "The Joyce Industrial Evolution, According to one European Amateur." On Joyce scholarship. Journal of Modern Literature 22, 2.

Tymoczko, Maria. The Irish Ulysses. "In a radical new reading of Ulysses, Maria Tymoczko argues that previous scholarship has distorted our understanding of James Joyce's epic novel by focusing on its English and continental literary sources alone," says the publisher. A complete, book-length critical study of James Joyce, courtesy of the California Digital Library (Univ. of California Press 1994).

"The James Joyce Scholars' Collection," from the Univ. of Wisconsin's Digital Collection. This web site provides links to the full text of 16 books of literary analysis on James Joyce: Benstock, Bernard Joyce-again's wake : an analysis of Finnegans wake (1965); Benstock, Shari and Benstock, Bernard Who's he when he's at home: a James Joyce directory (1980); Bonheim, Helmut A lexicon of the German in Finnegans wake (1967); Hart, Clive Structure and motif in Finnegans wake (1962); Joyce, James A first-draft version of Finnegans wake (1963); Hayman, David The "Wake" in transit (1990); McHugh, Roland The sigla of Finnegans wake (1976); Norris, Margot The decentered universe of Finnegans wake: a structuralist analysis (1976); O Hehir, Brendan A Gaelic lexicon for Finnegans wake, and glossary for Joyce's other works (1967); Peake, Charles James Joyce, the citizen and the artist (1977)and The workshop of Daedalus (1965); Budgen, Frank James Joyce and the making of 'Ulysses', and other writings (1972); Mink, Louis O. A Finnegans wake gazetteer (1978); O Hehir, Brendan and Dillon, John M. A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake (1977); Lawrence, Karen The odyssey of style in Ulysses (1981); Glasheen, Adaline Third census of Finnegans wake (1977).


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