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James Joyce's Ulysses

Duration:
43 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 June 2012

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss James Joyce's novel Ulysses. First published ninety years ago in Paris, Joyce's masterpiece is a sprawling and startlingly original work charting a single day in the life of the Dubliner Leopold Bloom. Some early readers were outraged by its sexual content and daringly scatalogical humour, and the novel was banned in most English-speaking countries for a decade after it first appeared. But it was soon recognised as a genuinely innovative work: overturning the ban on its publication, an American judge described Ulysses as "a sincere and serious attempt to devise a new literary method for the observation and description of mankind."

Today Ulysses is widely regarded as the greatest example of literary modernism, and a work that changed literature forever. It remains one of the most discussed novels ever written.

Steven Connor
Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck, University of London

Jeri Johnson
Senior Fellow in English at Exeter College, Oxford

Richard Brown
Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Leeds

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    James Joyce (ed. Jeri Johnson), ‘Ulysses’ (Oxford University Press, 1993)

    Derek Attridge (ed.), ‘The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce’ (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

    Harry Blamires, ‘The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Joyce’s Ulysses’ (Routledge, 1996)

    Richard Brown (ed.), ‘A Companion to James Joyce’ (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007)

    Richard Brown, ‘James Joyce: A Post-Culturalist Perspective’ (Palgrave, 1992)

    Frank Budgen, ‘James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses’ (Oxford University Press, 1989)

    Steven Connor, ‘James Joyce’ (Tavistock: British Council/Northcote House, 2012)

    Richard Ellmann, ‘James Joyce’ (Oxford Paperbacks, 1984)

    Richard Ellmann, ‘Ulysses on the Liffey’ (Oxford University Press, 1972)

    Don Gifford and Robert J. Seidman, ‘Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses’ (University of California Press, 1988)

    Michael Groden, ‘Ulysses in Progress’ (Princeton University Press, 1977)

    Hugh Kenner, ‘Joyce’s Voices’ (University of California Press, 1979)

    Declan Kiberd, ‘Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living’ (Faber and Faber, 2009)

    Michael Seidel, ‘James Joyce: A Short Introduction’ (Wiley-Blackwell, 2002)

    Sean Sheehan, ‘Joyce’s Ulysses: A Reader’s Guide’ (Continuum, 2009)

    Robert Spoo, ‘James Joyce and the Language of History’ (Oxford University Press, 1994)

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