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Joyce's Voices Paperback – October 26, 1979

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"The volume is easy to handle and a delight to read. And Kenner's leaping wit, his metaphors, his transitions from insight to insight, his lively attention to Joyce's invention these qualities make it difficult, if you pick it up one evening, not to finish it before turning off the light." --Donald Hall, National Review

"Kenner's work is an achievement of a polymath: it ranges from Jonathan Swift to Flaubert, and from Dickens to T. S. Eliot, circling around its two main concerns: Joyce's Ulysses and the death of objectivity as a privileged style in modern literature." --Choice

"As always, Kenner is original, provocative, stimulating, occasionally perverse, and immensely readable. . . . The book offers important new insights into Joyce's art." --Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) was one of the greatest literary critics of the twentieth century. He taught at several universities during his lifetime and was a frequent contributor to the National Review. His numerous critical books include The Pound Era, Joyce's Voices Gnomon, Samuel Beckett: A Critical Study, and Flaubert Joyce and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians several of which are forthcoming from or are published
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New edition edition (October 26, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520039351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520039353
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,430,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're a modern day graduate student (or worse, a professor), you know that modern scholars aren't allowed to write the way Kenner wrote. More's the pity, too: Joyce's Voices is one of the most illuminating short works of criticism, even by New Critics' standards, which for stylistic agility were remarkably high. As Kenner said, he was almost solely responsible for putting the university at which he worked on the map, and it was that level of nonchalant genius that permeates this work.

Viewed first through a comparison between "objective" or "empirical" treatments of experience by other authors, Kenner shows the ways that Joyce sought to illuminate observed experience through a new means: the lens of style for its own sake. Without resorting to the jargon or jingoism that so commonly pervades academia, Kenner reveals Joyce's talent for pursuing his muse through a panopoly of styles and stylistic gestures that leaves one more capable of understanding, and therefore appreciating, Ulysses than ever before.
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By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Well-written essays, concise, and enlightening. Some of Kenner's points blew my mind--and I've been reading Joyce for 20 years (already). Definitely worth a shot.
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