Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece

Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece

by Declan Kiberd

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Overview

Why James Joyce's great modernist masterpiece is in fact a book that can teach ordinary people to live better lives.


Declan Kiberd, a professor of Anglo-Irish literature at the University College Dublin, offers an audacious new take on Joyce's classic novel. Ulysses, he argues, is a work written for and about the common person, offering a humane vision of a more tolerant and decent life in the modern world. In this passionate corrective to the widespread view of Ulysses as an esoteric tome for the scholarly few, Kiberd dispells the aura of academic mystique that has attached itself to the novel, opening our eyes to Ulysses as a celebration of the everyday and a model for living well in an unpredictable world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393339093
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 699,850
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Declan Kiberd is a professor of Anglo-Irish literature at the University College Dublin and the author of Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation, which won the Irish Times Prize, and of Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece. He lives in Dublin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements IX

Note on the Text XI

How Ulysses Didn't Change Our Lives 3

How It Might Still Do So 16

Paralysis, Self-Help and Revival 32

1 Waking 41

2 Learning 53

3 Thinking 64

4 Walking 77

5 Praying 89

6 Dying 100

7 Reporting 113

8 Eating 124

9 Reading 137

10 Wandering 153

11 Singing 168

12 Drinking 181

13 Ogling 193

14 Birthing 206

15 Dreaming 222

16 Parenting 237

17 Teaching 248

l8 Loving 260

Ordinary People's Odysseys 277

Old Testaments and New 296

Depression and After: Dante's Comedy 313

Shakespeare, Hamlet and Company 331

Conclusion: The Long Day Fades 347

Notes 359

Index 381

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