The Varieties of Joycean Experience is a collection of ten essays that display the wide range and diversity of perspectives and critical approaches that can be drawn upon to enrich our readings of James Joyce's works. With special attention to Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, these essays explore such problems as the difficulties these books pose to categories and summaries and our understanding of Joyce's composition methods. The book explores Joyce's ambiguities around death, scatology, and the weather to propose new understandings of these phenomena as key ways into Joyce's works. The book concludes with an examination of the tricky problem: what makes an interpretation untenable, and why do Joyce's works inspire far-fetched and even crackpot readings?
Tim Conley is Professor of English Language and Literature at Brock University, Canada. His books include Joyces Mistakes: Problems of Intention, Irony, and Interpretation, Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (co-edited with Jed Rasula), and Useless Joyce: Textual Functions, Cultural Appropriations.
Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Preface; 1. Categorical: "Meddlied Muddlingisms": The Uncertain Avant- Gardes of Finnegans Wake; 2. Narratological: "Whole Only Holes Tied Together": Joyce and the Paradox of Summary; 3. Compositional: Playing with Matches: The Wake Notebooks and Negative Correspondence; 4. Genetical: Revision Revisited; 5. Cerebral: "Cog It Out": Joyce on the Brain; 6. Mythametical: Waking "for an Equality of Relations"; 7. Scatological: Mixplacing His Fauces; 8. Thanatological: "Don't You Know He's Dead?": Postmortem Uncertainties; 9. Meteorological: Weathering the Wake : Barometric Readings of I.3; 10. Hysterical- Exegetical: Petitions Full of Pieces of Pottery; Bibliography; Index.