James Joyce: Special Topics: Bibliography, Links, Quotes

Compiled by Ralph Dumain

Critical Writings (CW)

The Critical Writings of James Joyce, edited by Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann. New York: The Viking Press, 1964. See esp.:

Drama and Life (1900), pp. 38-46
Ibsen’s New Drama [When We Dead Awaken] (1900), pp. 47-67
A Suave Philosophy [on Buddhism; review of H. Fielding-Hall’s The Soul of a People] (1903), pp. 93-95
An Effort at Precision in Thinking [review of James Anstie’s Colloquies of Common People (1902)] (1903), p. 96.
Catalina [by Ibsen] (1903), pp. 98-101
Aristotle on Education [book review] (1903), pp. 109-110.
The Bruno Philosophy [review of J. Lewis McIntyre’s Giordano Bruno] (1903), pp. 132-134
Humanism [review of F.C.S. Schiller’s Humanism: Philosophical Essays] (1903), pp. 135-136
Aesthetics: I. Paris Notebook. II. Pola Notebook (1903/04), pp. 141-148
William Blake (1912), pp. 214-222.
Epilogue to Ibsen’s Ghosts (1934), pp. 271-273.

T., A. E. Review: Colloquies of Common People, Nature, vol. 68, 16 July 1903, p. 246.

Joyce & William Blake

Boldereff, Frances M. A Blakean Translation of Joyce’s Circe. Woodward, PA: Classic Non-fiction Library, 1965.

Gleckner, Robert F. “Joyce’s Blake: Paths of Influence,” in William Blake and the Moderns, edited by Robert J.Bertholf and Annette S. Levitt (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987), pp. 135-163.

Mann, Paul. Review, in Blake, An Illustrated Quarterly, volume 17, issue 4, Spring 1984, pp. 169-172.

McArthur, Murray. Stolen Writings: Blake’s Milton, Joyce’s Ulysses, and the Nature of Influence. Ann Arbor: U.M.I. Research Press, 1988.

Joyce & Thomas Carlyle

Ulysses Annotated gives the textual reference for Carlyle: 14.1391-1439 (423:1-424:18): imitates Carlyle’s style.

Andrew Gibson’s Joyce’s Revenge: History, Politics, and Aesthetics in Ulysses is more informative:

Most importantly, however, Joyce turns Arnold’s own language against him. As repeatedly elsewhere, he revels in twisting an English discourse to his own ends. In effect, he injects it with an auto-destructive principle. His treatment of Carlyle is another example of this. Carlyle was genuinely and bleakly horrified at what he saw of the Famine. But his attitudes to Irish Catholics were not uplifting. He loathed O’Connell, saw Catholicism as ‘a religion of sloth and mediaeval corruption, and the Irish [as] a race of inferior Celts’.104 Carlyle’s views on Ireland were always staunchly Unionist, and his solution for the Famine was emigration. By contrast, Joyce’s ‘Carlyle’ is a rumbustious figure who cheerily dismisses ‘Malthusiasts’ (14. 1415) and argues that one should drink one’s ‘udderful’ of ‘Mother’s milk’ (14. 1433). The ‘Carlyle parody’ (14. 1407–39) is both remote in tone from the oracular gravitas so common in the work of the Victorian sage, and produces an argument directly opposed to his."

Patrick Parrinder in “The English Literary Tradition”, in James Joyce in Context, edited by John McCourt, says:

The conventional, ‘safe’ literary opinion of his time is set out in a scene at the National Library in Stephen Hero, where Glynn, a fellow student, speaks in an appropriately gushing manner about ‘what beautiful poetry Byron and Shelley and Wordsworth and Coleridge and Keats and Tennyson wrote, and … that Ruskin and Newman and Carlyle and Macaulay were the greatest modern English prose stylists’ (SH 153). Joyce found such undiscriminating approval laughable, though all of these writers except Wordsworth were represented in the library of books he owned in Trieste. [pp. 208-9]

According to Robert Spoo in James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus’s Nightmare, Joyce turned against the notion of heroism that one could find in Carlyle et al:

Joyce himself was combatting the notion of heroism at this time. In early 1905 he wrote Stanislaus: “I am sure . . . that the whole structure of heroism is, and always was, a damned lie and that there cannot be any substitute for the individual passion as the motive power of everything—art and philosophy included” (Letters II 81).

Also, Carlyle’s conceptions of history can be found in Stephen Hero. And ....

Among the many sources in Romantic thought for Joyce’s textile images (as well as for the related ideas in “Drama and Life”) is Carlyle’s dualistic clothes philosophy, his concept of history as a bodying forth of divine truth, as expounded, for example, in On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (1841) [....]

It seems also that the parody of Carlyle in Ulysses suggests an indeterminacy in history or understanding it.

Joyce & Jorge Luis Borges

Borges, Jorge Luis. Selected Non-Fictions, edited by Eliot Weinberger; translated by Esther Allen, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Eliot Weinberger. New York: Viking, 1999. Passing mentions in several essays and . . .

Joyce’s Ulysses (1925), pp. 12-15
Joyce’s Latest Novel [Finnegans Wake] (1939), p. 195
A Fragment on Joyce (1941), p. 220-221
Blindness (1977), pp. 473-483

Murrilo, L. A. The Cyclical Night: Irony in James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1968.

Contents & Introduction
The Cyclical Night: Borges—Introductory

Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia. Borges And Joyce: An Infinite Conversation. London: Legenda, 2011.

Boldrini, Lucia, Review, James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 49, nos. 3-4, Spring-Summer 2012, pp. 689-692.

Renggli, Gabriel. “Specters of Totality: Reading and Uncertainty in Joyce’s Ulysses and Borges’s Fictions,” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 41, no. 2, Winter 2018, pp. 42-59.

Joyce & Henrik Ibsen

“Drama is moreover of so unswayed, so unchallengeable a nature that in its highest forms it all but transcends criticism. It is hardly possible to criticize The Wild Duck, for instance; one can only brood upon it as upon a personal woe.” (“Drama and Life,” CW, p. 42)

“Although Ibsen's women are uniformly true, they, of course, present themselves in various lights. Thus Gina Ekdal is, before all else, a comic figure, and Hedda Gabler a tragic one—if such old-world terms may be employed without incongruity. (“Ibsen’s New Drama,” CW, p. 64)

Joyce, James. On Ibsen, edited with an Introduction by Dennis Phillips. 81 pp. Los Angeles: Green Integer, 1998. (Green Integer Series; No. 12)

18-Year-Old James Joyce Writes a Fan Letter to His Hero Henrik Ibsen (1901).

Johnsen, William A. Violence and Modernism: Ibsen, Joyce, and Woolf. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.

Joyce & German Romanticism & Philosophy

Laman, Barbara. James Joyce and German Theory: “The Romantic School and All That”. Madison; Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004.

Joyce & Various Philosophers

Bond, Steven. “The Occlusion of René Descartes in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake,” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 35, no. 4, Summer 2012, pp. 32-55.

Joyce & Language

Armand, Louis. Helixtrolysis: Cyberology & The Joycean “Tyrondynamon Machine”. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2014.

The Languages of Joyce: Selected Papers from the 11th International James Joyce Symposium, Venice, 12-18 June 1988; edited by R. M. Bollettieri Bosinelli, C. Marengo Vaglio, and Chr. Van Boheemen. Philadelphia; Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1992.

Quigley, Megan, Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Simon, Sherry. Cities in Translation: Intersections of Language and Memory. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2012. Chapter 3: Habsburg Trieste: Anxiety at the Border.

Spoo, Robert. James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus’s Nightmare. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Switaj, Elizabeth. James Joyces Teaching Life and Methods: Language and Pedagogy in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Theall, Donald F. James Joyce’s Techno-Poetics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Theall, Donald F. “Transformations of the Book in Joyce’s Dream Vision of Digiculture,” HJS, volume 4, issue 2, 2003-4.

See also James Joyce & Esperanto: Selected Bilingual Bibliography / Elektita Dulingva Bibliografio and James Joyce & Hungary: Selected Bibliography.

Joyce, Modernism, & the Masses

Brennan, Timothy. “Joyce and the Common People,” boundary 2, vol. 14, no. 1/2, Autumn, 1985 - Winter 1986, pp. 147-159.

Carey, John. The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.

See John Carey on James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom: For and Against the Masses.

The book is about the pervasive contempt for the masses expressed in British letters in this time period, also among progressives and socialists. Carey also notes at one point that the “masses” is itself an abstraction. Points of interest: Carey analyzes D. H. Lawrence’s Nietzscheanism, eviscerating Nietzsche in the process, and arguing that Lawrence was a far superior writer. (John Strachey identified—correctly I think—Lawrence as an example of “the fascist unconscious.”) Carey grants a partial exemption to James Joyce from the charge of contempt for the masses. Interestingly, the fascist Wyndham Lewis condemned Joyce as effeminate. Joyce shows himself more empathetic without slumming, but paradoxically writes a sympathetic, complex character who is not an intellectual—Leopold Bloom—whom Joyce’s obscure avant-garde writing excludes as a reader.

Gibbons, Luke. Joyce’s Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, and Memory. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Macdonald, Dwight. “James Joyce” (1959), in Against the American Grain (1962), new introduction by John Simon (New York: Da Capo Press, 1983), pp. 123-142.


Alapatt, Nisha Frances. Polyphony and Fiction: A Reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Mahatma Gandhi University, 2002. 

Budgen, Frank. James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses and Other Writings, with an introduction by Clive Hart. Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. [Reprint of 1972 ed.; previous eds. 1960, 1934.

Downing, Gregory M. Joyce’s “Oxen of the Sun” Notesheets: A Transcription and Sourcing of the Stylistic Entries. A Compilation of the Existing Transcriptions and Sourcings, Supplemented by New Sourcing Work.

Gibson, Andrew. Joyce’s Revenge: History, Politics, and Aesthetics in Ulysses. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Gifford, Don; with Robert J. Seidman. Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses. 2nd ed., revised and enlarged. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Groden, Michael. Ulysses in Progress. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1977.

O’Hagan, Sean. “At Last: A True Champion for Ulysses,” The Guardian, 30 May 2009.

Kershner, R. Brandon. The Culture of Joyce’s Ulysses. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Kiberd, Declan. Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.

Lawrence, Karen. The Odyssey of Style in Ulysses. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Nair, Anupama, C V. Joycean Style in Ulysses as Minority Discourse: A Critical Analysis of Oxen of the Sun. Mahatma Gandhi University, 2014. 

See esp. Chapter 5: Conclusion- Styles in Oxen of the Sun as Minority Discourse.

Norris, Margot. Virgin and Veteran Readings of Ulysses. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Finnegans Wake Fun

“He had eaten all the whilepaper, swallowed the lustres, devoured forty flights of styearcases, chewed up all the mensas and seccles, ronged the records, made mundballs of the ephemerids and vorasioused most glutinously with the very timeplace in the ternitary—not too dusty a cicada of neuteriment for a chittinous chip so mity. But when Chrysalmas was on the bare branches, off he went from Tingsomingenting. He took a round stroll and he took a stroll round and he took a round strollagain till the grillies in his head and the leivnits in his hair made him thought he had the Tossmania. Had he twicycled the sees of the deed and trestraversed their revermer? Was he come to hevre with his engiles or gone to hull with the poop? The June snows was flocking in thuckflues on the hegelstomes, millipeeds of it and myriopoods, and a lugly whizzling tournedos, the Boraborayellers, blohablasting tegolhuts up to tetties and ruching sleets off the coppeehouses, playing ragnowrock rignewreck, with an irritant, penetrant, siphonopterous spuk. Grausssssss! Opr! Grausssssss! Opr!”

— Joyce on Hegel and Leibniz, ‘The Ondt and the Gracehoper’, Finnegans Wake

“It darkles, (tinct, tinct) all this our funanimal world.”

Armand, Louis. Helixtrolysis: Cyberology & The Joycean “Tyrondynamon Machine”. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2014.

Atherton, James S. The Books at the Wake: A Study of Literary Allusions in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 1974 [orig. 1959].

One Year in the Wake (blog) 

Hear All of Finnegans Wake Read Aloud: A 35 Hour Reading

James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake

Joyce & Trieste

Simon, Sherry. Cities in Translation: Intersections of Language and Memory. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2012. Chapter 3: Habsburg Trieste: Anxiety at the Border.

Fruner, Sara. The Review: Blameless by Claudio Magris, Brick: A Literary Journal, May 29, 2018.

Joyce’s Trieste library (1920)

General Resources

Fargnoli, A. Nicholas; Gillespie, Michael Patrick. Critical Companion to James Joyce: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. New York: Facts On File, 2006.

McCourt, John, ed. James Joyce in Context. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Contents.

Nash, John. James Joyce and the Act of Reception: Reading, Ireland, Modernism. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Rabaté, Jean-Michel. James Joyce and the Politics of Egoism. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Rainsford, Dominic. Authorship, Ethics and the Reader: Blake, Dickens, Joyce. Basingstoke, UK: Macmillan Press; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Re: Joyce: Text, Culture, Politics; edited by John Brannigan, Geoff Ward, and Julian Wolfreys. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. Contents.

Segall, Jeffrey. Joyce in America: Cultural Politics and the Trials of Ulysses. Berkeley; Los Angeles; Oxford: University of California Press, 1993.

Spoo, Robert. James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus’s Nightmare. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Switaj, Elizabeth. James Joyces Teaching Life and Methods: Language and Pedagogy in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Genetic Joyce Studies. Electronic Journal for the Study of James Joyce’s Works in Progress.

HJS: Hypermedia Joyce Studies.

Shodhganga: a reservoir of Indian theses @ INFLIBNET.

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