Title Useless Joyce
Subtitle Textual Functions, Cultural Appropriations
Author Tim Conley
ISBN 9781487502508
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 200
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
Published in India by University of Toronto Press
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“There is little question that this is an outstanding production in the field of Joyce studies, and of very high standard. Tim Conley’s knowledge of the existing critical literature is excellent; his close readings rich and sound. Useless Joyce is also an extremely agreeable book to read – well written, never boring, always thought-provoking, and at times particularly witty.”

Valérie Bénéjam, Maître de conferences, Université de Nantes


Tim Conley’s Useless Joyce provocatively analyses Joyce’s Ulysses and Finnegans Wake and takes the reader on a journey exploring the perennial question of the usefulness of literature and art. Conley argues that the works of James Joyce, often thought difficult and far from practical, are in fact polymorphous meditations on this question. Examinations of traditional textual functions such as quoting, editing, translating, and annotating texts are set against the ways in which texts may be assigned unexpected but thoroughly practical purposes. Conley’s accessible and witty engagement with the material views the rise of explication and commentary on Joyce’s work as an industry not unlike the rise of self-help publishing. We can therefore read Ulysses and Finnegans Wake as various kinds of guides and uncover new or forgotten “uses” for them. Useless Joyce invites new discussions about the assumptions at work behind our definitions of literature, interpretation, and use.



Note on Abbreviations


Part One: Textual Functions

Chapter 1: Guidance Systems

Chapter 2: Misquoting Joyce

Chapter 3: Limited Editions, Edited Limitations

Chapter 4: Translation, Annotation, Hesitation

Part Two: Cultural Appropriations

Chapter 5: Make a Stump Speech of It

Chapter 6: Win a Dream Date with James Joyce

Chapter 7: The Stephen Dedalus Diet

Conclusion: Means without End





About the Author:

Tim Conley is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University. His prior work includes Joyces Mistakes, also published by University of Toronto Press.

Target Audience:

People interested in Literary Studies and English Literature.


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