By Professor James A.W. Heffernan
Dartmouth's Professor James A. W. Heffernan maps the brilliance, ardour, humanity, and humor of James Joyce's glossy Odyssey during this 24-lecture sequence. Joyce's nice novel Ulysses is a huge, richly imagined, and intricately equipped publication with a massive recognition. T. S. Eliot, stunned by means of Joyce's awesome manipulation of a continual parallel among historical fantasy and glossy lifestyles, referred to as it "the most crucial expression which the current age has came upon ... [one] to which we're all indebted, and from which none folks can escape." Ulysses depicts a global that's as absolutely conceived and colourful as something in Homer or Shakespeare. it's been delighting and complicated readers because it used to be first released on Joyce's fortieth birthday, February 2, 1922. Enigmas, Puzzles, and Epic Pleasures it truly is, maybe, a ebook whose pleasures you could have regularly desired to learn how to get pleasure from yet by no means relatively labored your self as much as examining. And who can blame you? finally, Joyce himself famously boasted that "I've installed such a lot of enigmas and puzzles that it'll retain the professors busy for hundreds of years arguing over what I meant!" this can be the place Professor Heffernan's lectures aid. even if you will have learn this e-book, you will discover that his lectures, the fruit of a long time of uncommon educating, make an exceptional advisor to the many-layered pleasures of this contemporary epic. Illuminating the dramatic and inventive integrity in the back of the novel's so much notoriously demanding passages, he explains why this frank, pathbreaking novel was once praised as a landmark and damned as obscene-even banned-as quickly because it first seemed. Professor Heffernan argues that Joyce, for all his waggish gamester's love of mask, mimicry, and literary pink herrings, is in the back of all of them the passionate teller of a vitally human story, "a priest of the everlasting mind's eye" craving to transmute "the day-by-day bread of expertise into the radiant physique of everliving life."