James Joyce

Joyce was one of the first authors to use the technique of stream of consciousness heavily. In doing so he would discuss the thoughts and feelings passing through his mind, taking him on various tangents.

Joyce contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement throughout the 20th century.

Joyce's main themes consisted of family, nationality, and epiphanies.

The notion of family had forged his younger years, having an abusive father allowed him to become close with his siblings throughout his adulthood. His pride in Irish nationalism stems from his writings on those who fought for independence from the crown. Epiphanies figure into his writings such that characters often have a "light bulb moment," or a revelation.

Joyce's major works include:

  • Dubliners
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Exiles and poetry
  • Ulysses
  • Finnegan's Wake

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