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Foundational Essays in James Joyce Studies$
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Michael Patrick Gillespie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035291

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035291.001.0001

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Early Vestiges of Joyce's Ulysses

Early Vestiges of Joyce's Ulysses

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(p.160) 7 Early Vestiges of Joyce's Ulysses
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Foundational Essays in James Joyce Studies
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A. Walton Litz

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035291.003.0008

This chapter highlights the use of rough notes and sketches by Joyce while writing revision for Ulysses. Joyce's economical methods of revision are clearly illustrated by five manuscript sheets which were given to Harriet Weaver by Sylvia Beach in March of 1939. Fragments A and B reveal the characteristics of Joyce's technique at the time when he began Ulysses. The compression demanded by his theory of “epiphany” and the aloof tone resulting from his notion of “stasis” are everywhere evident. The rewritings of Stephen Hero, the Portrait, and Ulysses mirror Joyce's shifting attitude towards his early life: the movement is from the personal to the impersonal, from individual to general significance, from autobiography to biography.

Keywords:   Ulysses, revision, epiphany, stasis, early life, biography, manuscripts

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