James Joyce 1882-1941

Writing Style: James Joyce is a Modernist. His style includes experimentation with structure, dialogue and characterization. For instance, in A Portrait of a Young Man as an Artist, vignettes of critical life events form the structure thus rendering the narrative void of a conventional beginning, middle and end. His use of dialogue blends into the narrative text without benefit of quote marks or standard paragraph indentation. He incorporates course and sometimes vulgar language and events in his stories while at other times revealing the refinement of higher social spheres as in The Dead.
Major Themes : THE PRISON OF ROUTINE -Restrictive routines and the repetitive, mundane details of everyday life mark the lives of Joyce’s Dubliners and trap them in circles of frustration, restraint, and violence. Routine affects characters who face difficult predicaments, but it also affects characters who have little open conflict in their lives. THE DESIRE FOR ESCAPE -The characters in Dubliners may be citizens of the Irish capital, but many of them long for escape and adventure in other countries. Such longings, however, are never actually realized by the stories’ protagonists.
Major Works: "The Holy Office," 1904-1905. Chamber Music, 1907. "Gas from a Burner," 1912. Dubliners, 1914. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916. Exiles, 1918. Ulysses, 1922. Pomes Penyeach, 1927. Collected Poems, 1936. Finnegans Wake, 1939. Stephen Hero, 1944. Letters,

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