How To Read Joyce | Granta

  • Published: 05/02/2007
  • ISBN: 9781862079120
  • 129x20mm
  • 128 pages

How To Read Joyce

Derek Attridge

James Joyce is known as a ‘difficult’ writer, even if he is no longer thought of as a ‘dirty’ one. Yet many readers – and not just in colleges and universities – have discovered his books to be funny, moving, illuminating and packed with memorable moments. There are some simple ways to overcome the initial intimidation that Joyce’s style can cause. In this book, Derek Attridge shows how even the shortest passage of Joyce’s writing can yield its humour and its insights without the need for immense learning . Moving through all of Joyce’s major books, from the deceptive clarity of Dubliners to the apparent craziness of Finnegans Wake, he demonstrates that they all, in their different ways, are a pleasure to read – even if we have to make some adjustments to our understanding of what ‘reading’ is.

These books let you encounter thinkers eyeball to eyeball by analysing passages from their work

Terry Eagleton, New Statesman

These deceptively slim volumes really are a course in "How to Read", not "How to Pretend to Have Read"

John Banville, Irish Times

Each author offers a smart take on how to approach reading his subject's works by providing historical and biographical detail, critical debate and sample excerpts of text

Sarah Sennott, Newsweek

The Author

Derek Attridge is the author or editor of several books on James Joyce, including Peculiar Language, Joyce Effects, James Joyce’sUlysses’: A Casebook and The Cambridge Companion to Joyce. He is Professor of English at the University of York.

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