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Who's Afraid of James Joyce?$
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Karen R. Lawrence

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034775

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034775.001.0001

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“Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens”

“Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens”

The Breakdown of Narrative

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Who's Afraid of James Joyce?

Karen R. Lawrence

University Press of Florida

In Ulysses, Joyce leaves the “tracks” of his artistic journey. And, finally, finding obsolete the idea of a narrative norm that tells a story, with “Aeolus” as a clue and with “Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens” as the new formal beginning, he went beyond the novel to something else. In each case, the changes in form and style reflect the shedding of an artistic belief no longer sufficient to his vision. In a letter to John Quinn, Joyce pointed out that “Scylla and Charybdis” was the ninth chapter of eighteen. Indeed, this division has more than numerical significance, for both “Lestrygonians” and “Scylla and Charybdis” concern themselves primarily with developing one's knowledge of the two main characters. It is not until “Wandering Rocks” and “Sirens” that one witnesses the breakdown of the initial style and a departure from the novelistic form of the book's first half.

Keywords:   Ulysses, Joyce, Wandering Rocks, Sirens, John Quinn, Lestrygonians

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