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 early twentieth-century modernist works, including T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prefrock," the short stories of Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce's Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses, Virginia Woolf's novels, W.H. Auden's poetry, and much more. Introductory, close reading, and thematic articles by recognized experts in their subjects, and links to manuscript drafts in British Library's archive.

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

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.

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].


French, Marilyn. "Missing Pieces in Joyce's Dubliners." Twentieth Century Literature 24, 4 (Winter, 1978), pp. 443-472 [free at jstor].

Knowlton, Eloise. "Showings forth: Dubliners, photography, and the rejection of realism." Mosaic 38, 1 (March 2005) pp. 133-150 [free at jstor].

Walzl, Florence L. "Pattern of Paralysis in Joyce's Dubliners." College English 22, 4 (Jan. 1961), pp. 221-228 [free at jstor].

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

Joyce's novels

On the famous Stuart Gilbert explanatory schema for Ulysses, based on Joyce's letters. From The James Joyce Centre.

Osteen, Mark. "The treasure-house of language: managing symbolic economies in Joyce's 'Portrait.'" On Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In Studies in the Novel 27, 2 (Summer 1995), pp. 154-168 [free at jstor].

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) [free at jstor].

"The James Joyce Scholars' Collection," from the Univ. of Wisconsin. This web site provides open access to the full text of 16 books of literary analysis on James Joyce's novels.

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