James Joyce By john hance

Writing Style

James Joyce was a master of the stream of consciousness writing style. He aimed to provide the reader insight into the private thoughts of the character by allowing us to see his constant flow of thoughts in his brain. His style was highly experimental and included all sorts of literary devices, to the point of abandoning the use of plot. Often he was criticized for his use of style being so rich that it made his work nearly incomprehensible.

Major Themes

In Dubliners, his collection of short stories, Joyce focused on paralysis, corruption, and death, focusing in particular on Dublin society. His later novels focused on similar themes, although done in experimental styles.


Chamber Music (poems, 1907)

Dubliners (short-story collection, 1914)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (novel, 1916)

Exiles (play, 1918)

Ulysses (novel, 1922)

Pomes Penyeach (poems, 1927)

Collected Poems (poems, 1936, which includes Chamber Music, Pomes Penyeach and other previously published works)

Finnegans Wake (novel, 1939)

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