Wednesday, September 19, 2012
More Resources for Studying James Joyce’s Dubliners
Many thanks to Mr. Garza of Greenhill School for forwarding me links today for free online text and audio copies of Joyce’s stories! Here’s the link to free text copies of the stories (the resource provides helpful annotations as well...):
And here’s the link to download audio files of the stories:
Once again, thank you Mr. Garza!!
James Joyce’s Dubliners may be described as Joyce’s “most accessible” literary work, but that says more about late works such as Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake than it does about Dubliners itself. The stories are deceptively complex and can be difficult to make sense of at times. References to Irish history and culture, for instance, make this seemingly short book a great task for American 21st century readers. That’s why it’s good practice to pay close attention to annotations and footnotes provided by various scholarly editors. Here’s a few recommended editions that provide informative notes and some scholarly commentary for both the beginning and the advanced reader:
Joyce Annotated: Notes for Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Edited by Don Gifford, University of California Press, 1982
ISBN-10: 0520046102 ISBN-13: 978-0520046108
Dubliners (Norton Critical Edition)
Edited by Margot Norris, W. W. Norton & Company, 2006
ISBN-10: 0393978516 ISBN-13: 978-0393978513
For the brave few that really want to dig deep in their research of Joyce’s life, I recommend the mammoth, biographical tome, James Joyce (Oxford Lives) by Richard Ellmann. The writer, R. Ellmann, is indisputably lauded as the authoritative biographer of Joyce. He was known for his studies of Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats as well, and his study of Joyce won the prestigious National Book Award in 1959. This one’s a great addition to any scholarly library.
James Joyce (Oxford Lives) by Richard Ellmann
Oxford University Press, 1983ISBN-10: 0195033817 ISBN-13: 978-0195033816