‘Tell Us in Plain Words’: an Introduction to Reading Joyce’s Ulysses

  • Daniel R. Schwarz


As my title’s playful use of Molly Bloom’s response to Leopold Bloom’s explanation of metempsychosis (the transmigration of souls) indicates, I shall stress — as I do in my recent study Reading Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’1 — that Ulysses is a readable novel rather than an elaborate puzzle or a Rosetta Stone or a hieroglyph (U.64; IV.343).2 Indeed, there is a danger that the study of Ulysses has become like ground that has been farmed for so long that it now only supports exotic crops like persimmons.


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  1. 1.
    Daniel R. Schwarz, Reading Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ (London: Macmillan; N.Y. St. Martin’s Press, 1987).Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Richard Ellmann, James Joyce (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982Google Scholar

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© Daniel R. Schwarz 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel R. Schwarz
    • 1
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA

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