There is no book like Ulysses, and no book about it quite like this one. Now completely revised to correspond to the definitive new Gabler edition, Hugh Kenner’s. Now completely revised to correspond to the definitive new Gabler edition, Hugh Kenner’s ULYSSES for the first time becomes widely available in the United. It is wonderful how Professor Kenner can keep on about Ulysses, always interesting and relevant and hardly repeating himself at all. His book.

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Thus, the specific detail provided about the close-up “threadbare cuffedge” and comparatively blurry description of the distant water actually tracks Stephen’s limited nearsighted vision without glasses. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Catherine rated it it was ok May 26, Kenner notes that the narrator follows Stephen’s focus, providing specific details about “the fraying edge” on the “shiny black coat-sleeve,” but only the most generalized description of the sea as “a dull green mass of liquid. You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.

On the other hand, he uses those details at the macroscopic level to illustrate that, despite the surface impression of Ulysses as a huge overstuffed chaotic mess, Joyce was actually ruthlessly disciplined in piecing together every scrap of Dublin on June 16, I never would have connected those dots on my own, and this commentary is filled with that kind of careful analysis, tying together obscure details across hundreds of pages to demonstrate bigger picture themes.

Kenner got me interested in Ezra Pound as well. Gregory Johnson rated it it was amazing Jul 05, One of the best books on Ulysses, from a master critic.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mike rated kkenner really liked it Sep 05, A decent guide to the terrifying monstrosity that is “Ulysses.


He highlights tiny details that certainly would have escaped my notice on a first read-through and probably subsequent ones. Lists with This Book.

The constantly interrupted text of Aeolus is mirrored by the gigantism interruptions, journalistic in style, which break up the text of Cyclops.

Joyce loved Dublin and Ireland and though the book was written on the European continent – he wanted to memorialize his birth home Ireland.

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He notes how the tableau of Mina Purefoy in labor at the lying-in hospital, even as the doctors carouse downstairs, picks up on the imagery of Penelope ylysses the Suitors in The Odyssey. This is an excellent book about Ulysses and one that is very well written. All this should have been obvious since Ellmann published his great biography, in He weeds out bad ideas and adds more promising ones, always with acknowledgement to other critics: I strongly recommend either the Gabler edition the most widely used version of the text in Joyce scholarship or the Random House edition corrected and reset in It is wonderful how Professor Kenner can keep on about Ulyssesalways interesting and relevant and hardly repeating himself at all.

Joyce schooled in Christian Jesuit metaphysics pushed down into the mindfulness of human consciousness breathes in the spirit of expansive Celtic Irish democratic community tavern life where man’s stories of life are told. HCE’s angst is caused by his community that imposes a Western curse damnation upon him that man is not guilty of This proves that whenever he claims to kdnner anything he is only remembering what he usually sees.

Joyce hugg a self-important man, as ylysses needed to be, and he ulgsses described Stephen in a book title as a portrait of himself when young: To ask other readers questions about Ulyssesplease sign up.

Ulysses by Hugh Kenner

Yet Bloom is optimistic throughout the work – in regard to the possibility of another child, again Molly: Being a youth excited about scholarship but not sure how to research, I wandered around my excellent community library until I found something which looked apposite: Books by Hugh Kenner.


On the first page of Scylla and Charybdis, Kenner mentions, Eglinton mentions six brave medicals, and in Oxen of the Sun Stephen confronts six not-exactly-brave medicals. Even after several close readings of Ulysses with various commentaries, there were still some big surprises for me in this volume, simply on the level of the book’s action, and for that alone the book is worth a read for serious Joyce enthusiasts.

Ulysses begins with two triads of episodes: Kkenner didn’t know that it was possible, but at times I think Kemner actually over-thinks Ulysses, as when he theorizes that Dedalus has punched Buck Mulligan off-stage on the bugh of his complaints of a hurt hand.

What degree of atonement occurred between Bloom and Dedalus? On the one hand, Kenner investigates the minutiae of Joyce’s writing. Then memories “book I: A few examples are demonstrative. Patrick by Augustine, the manufactured clerical corruption identified by Luther since AD and the burdens of “survival of the fittest” anxiety modern commerce met with a Dzogchen Buddhist stance. Joyce often expresses fascination at the incessant slight movements of water ilysses the tidal estuary of the Liffey: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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You will hkgh want to get a copy of Don Gifford’s Ulysses Annotatedan invaluable resource for explaining the many thousands of allusions and references made throughout the novel. Chronologically FW starts with memories in “book I: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Joyce equanimously gives both Molly and Bloom extramarital sexual infidelities – infidelities known by each of the other as early as the Calypso chapter Bloom was conscious of what was to come. Return to Book Page. May 28, James C rated it it was amazing.

It knner also one that Heffernan recommended as “essential. Next comes the hinge episode, Wandering Rocks, connecting the first nine episodes to the last eight.