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Joyce's book of memory : the mnemotechnic of Ulysses / John S. Rickard.

By: Rickard, John S.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 1999Description: x, 240 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 082232170X (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780822321705 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0822321580 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780822321583 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Joyce, James, 1882-1941. Ulysses | Autobiographical fiction, English -- History and criticism | Autobiographical memory in literature | Memory in literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Joyce's book of memory.DDC classification: 823/.912 LOC classification: PR6019.O9 | U6874 1999Other classification: 18.05 Also issued online.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-232) and index.

Also issued online.

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The prodigious outpouring of Joycean scholarship in the last two decades might seem to have left nothing new to say on this author, especially about his Ulysses, but Rickard (Bucknell Univ.) has produced a book that is fresh and insightful. After a somewhat turgid opening chapter overburdened with scholarly citation and the jargon of postmodern criticism, Rickard articulates a clear and convincing theory that sheds considerable light on several Joycean cruxes. Inspired by the thinking of Henri Bergson, Marcel Proust, Sigmund Freud, and others, Rickard elaborates on a distinction between two kinds of memory: the hermeneutic, rational, and deliberate memory that generates habit, and a deeper form of memory that erupts from the subconscious spontaneously or involuntarily and produces epiphany or elan vital. This distinction allows Rickard to elucidate several knotty problems that confront readers of Ulysses, including the nature of identity, whether the novel ends in resolution, and Joyce's place in the modern/postmodern galaxy. Rickard includes an appendix on "Nausicaa" and The Golden Ass, copious footnotes, an extensive bibliography, and a useful index. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. P. D. O'Connor; St. Thomas Aquinas College

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<p>John S. Rickard is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Bucknell University.<br></p>

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