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James Joyce, Ulysses, and the Construction of Jewish Identity: Culture, Biography, and 'the Jew' in Modernist Europe Paperback – Nov 13 1998


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"...at every turn this superb study introduces fresh perspectives on an important subject." James Joyce Literary Supplement

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Neil R. Davison argues that Joyce's lifelong encounter with pseudo-scientific, religious, and political discourse about 'the Jew' forms a unifying component of his career. Davison offers new biographical material to support the claim that 'the Jew' was a dynamic aspect of Joyce's imagination from youth to adulthood, and presents a detailed reading of Ulysses to show how Joyce confronts the controversy of 'race,' the psychology of internalized stereotype, and the contradictions of anti-Semitism in pre-Holocaust Europe.

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I sometimes think that it was an heroic sacrifice on [the Jews'] part when they refused to accept the Christian revelation. Read the first page
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Superb account of Joyce's perceptions of Jews. Sept. 3 1998
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An essential guide to understanding Bloom's perception of himself. Davison makes it clear that Joyce's undrstanding of Jews was fluid.


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