James Joyce is often consigned to a crusty corner of the literary world – declared in one breath to be both a genius and utterly unreadable; (overly) revered by academics – something being satirised as far back as the 1960s by writers like Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien – but scarcely read. Here at TMO, though, through articles with Joycean scholars, and interviews with contemporary writers, we’re convinced that Joyce is one of those writers whose work remains fresh, relevant and inspiring. Here we’ve a collection of these articles -tagged ‘James Joyce’ for various reasons, be it an article that focusses in particular on Joyce (like our interviews with Joycean Scholars David Norris or John McCourt), or a mention in one of our interviews (for example our interview with Nadeem Aslam). We hope that it helps broaden and enrich your appreciation of this fine Irish writer.
From Toni Morrison through to Roddy Doyle, we’ve collected quotes from 50 top writers reflecting on James Joyce and his influence on literature.
While doing some research for an upcoming James Joyce article, I stumbled across this great piece by Geoffrey Eugenides (The Marriage Plot, Middlesex, and The Virgin Suicides). In interview, back in 2012, with the New York Times he responded to that classic question “You’re organizing a dinner party of writers and can invite three authors, […]
James Joyce‘s hugely influential short story collection Dubliners was published in 1914, and there are lots of publications / events and even apps to celebrate the centenary. One very exciting project is Dubliners 100. The new Irish literary publishers Tramp Press (founded by Sarah Davis-Goff* and Lisa Coen) invited a number of respected Irish writers […]
If you’re looking for the place where Michael Jackson intersects with Al-Qaeda, look no further than Algerian born novelist Aziz Chouaki’s The Star of Algiers. Have we got your attention? Good. In truth, Jackson figures only slightly in this urgent, rythmic novel, and then only as a musical/cultural influence on the protagonist Moussa Massy, but […]
Lydia Davis is a rare talent. A writer whose work is challenging, stimulating, innovative, and, taken at face value, short. Very short – some stories in her collections span no more than two lines. Literature, though, (thankfully) is not judged on word counts, and the depth achieved so compactly by Davis is, no doubt, envied […]
June 1904, the month in which the novel Ulysses is set, is a month that brings to mind the name of James Joyce and that name has become synonymous with that of the city of Dublin. The Sandycove Martello Tower, Sandymount Strand, Dublin’s North inner city: these have become known as ‘Joycean Dublin’. Indeed, a […]
For most people, the idea of reading James Joyce’s Ulysses is an intimidating prospect. Film director, Sean Walsh, has gone one step further in adapting it to a two-hour movie. Bloom takes Joyce’s tome and converts it into a largely conventional drama, concentrating on the human aspects of the central characters’ life journeys, which are […]