James Joyce Annotated Bibliography Essay

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Joyce's modernistic view of Dublin society permeates all of his writings. The Irish experiences account for a large portion of Joyce's writings. Stephen Dedalus is sometimes Joyce's pseudonym and represents Joyce and his life in Joyce's works. Joyce plays a crucial role in the modernist movement in literature. Some of the well known innovative techniques used by Joyce are symbolism, realism and stream-of consciousness. James Joyce's writings contain autobiographical matter and display his view of life in Dublin, Ireland with the use of symbolism, realism, and stream-of consciousness.
Joyce was born into a middle-class, Catholic family in Dublin, Ireland on February 2, 1882 and wrote all his works about that city, even though he lived
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Stephen's artistic development is the central theme of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The name of the hero is full of symbolic significance. Stephen is the name of the first Christian martyr. Symbolism surrounding Dedalus has as double significance for Joyce (www.themodernword.com). The mythical Dedalus was imprisoned in a labyrinth on the island of Crete, and escaped by inventing wings. Dedalus "is a symbol, therefore, not only of the rebel who breaks out of his prison, but of the inventor who creates the instrument of his escape" (www.themodernword.com). Dedalus is both man and artist. In tracing Stephen's growth to young manhood, Joyce mixed conventional realist prose with passages using techniques known as interior monologue and stream of consciousness. These techniques give the reader the illusion of following the character's thoughts (Walsh 149). A Portrait of the Artist as Young Man is a novel of this century, especially for its techniques. This book is a landmark in the progress of Ulysses, both in terms of its anticipation of the techniques of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, and in its own right (Gifford 176). Because Joyce's new literary techniques for conveying emotion and experience have influenced 20th century writers from realists to post-modernists, "to read any serious modern novel is indirectly to read Joyce" (Mott 111). According to

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