A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Publication Date: July 2004
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In the semi-autobiographical "Portrait," young Stephen Dedalus yearns to be an artist, but first must struggle against the forces of church, school, and society, which fetter his imagination and stifle his soul. The book's inventive style is apparent from its opening pages, a record of an infant's impressions of the world around himand one of the first examples of the stream of consciousness technique.
Comprising fifteen stories, "Dubliners" presents a community of mesmerizing, humorous, and haunting charactersa group portrait. The interactions among them form one long meditation on the human condition, culminating with The Dead, one of Joyce's most graceful compositions centering around a character's epiphany. A carefully woven tapestry of Dublin life at the turn of the last century, "Dubliners" realizes Joyce's ambition to give his countrymen one good look at themselves. Kevin J. H. Dettmar is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author or editor of a half-dozen books on James Joyce, modernist literature, and rock music. He is currently finishing a term as President of the Modernist Studies Association.
Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Chair in the Department of English, Pomona College, California.
David Bradshaw is Reader in English Literature at Oxford University and Hawthornden Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, Oxford. He has edited many works of modernist literature, including the Oxford World's Classics editions of Lawrence's "Women in Love" (1998), Woolf's "Mrs Dalloway" (2000) and "To The Lighthouse" (2006), and the Penguin Classics editions of Waugh's "Decline and Fall" (2001) and "The Good Soldier" (2002). He is also the editor of "A Concise Companion to Modernism" (Blackwell, 2003) and is Victorian and Modern Literature Editor of the "Review of English Studies,"
Kevin J. H. Dettmar is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has written and edited five books on James Joyce, modernist literature and culture, and rock & roll, edited the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist" "as a Young Man" and "Dubliners," and has served as President of the Modernist Studies Association.