When a correspondent from Missouri wrote to Hugh Kenner and asked that he elaborate on his assertion that "Joyce began Ulysses in naturalism and ended it in parody," Kenner answered with this book. Joyce's Voices is both a helpful guide through Joyce's complexities, and a brief treatise on the concept of objectivity: the idea that the world can be perceived as a series of reports to our senses. Objectivity, Kenner claims, was a modern invention, and one that the modernists--Joyce foremost among them--found problematic. Accessible and enjoyable, Joyce's Voices is what so much criticism is not: an aid to better understanding--and enjoying more fully--the work of one of the world's greatest writers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jsburbidge - LibraryThing
An excellent overview of the question of style and form in Ulysses. Kenner was one of the major interpreters of the Modernists for the late 20th Century, and this small volume is both illuminating and delightfully written. Read full review
Review: Joyce's VoicesUser Review - Alix Sandomir - Goodreads
Excellent book for anyone studying Joyce or just looking for a bit of help understanding Ulysses. The chapter on the Uncle Charles principle is indispensable. Kenner also has an enjoyable style of writing that doesn't make you want to doze off like some of his more turgid contemporaries. Read full review
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