The Odyssey of Reading Ulysses

In his quest for meaning, the fictionalized Joyce — the speaker and writer of the events within the imagined world — becomes an Odysseus figure within the novel

Daniel R. Schwarz

2015

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  • In his quest for meaning, the fictionalized Joyce — the speaker and writer of the events within the imagined world — becomes an Odysseus figure within the novel
  • While Odysseus goes from place to place, Joyce goes from style to style
  • By temporarily assigning characters to a position of marginality, Joyce is calling attention to himself as creative presence and showing how the imagined world is dependent upon his language
  • He is implying that, because the modern, urban post-Christian world acks order and coherence, his modern epic must be somewhat incomplete and inconclusive, but must present indeterminate and ambiguous passages to the reader

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