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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $13
  • April 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92679-8
  • 5.1 × 8.4 in / 528 pages
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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James Joyce (Author), John Paul Riquelme (Editor, Boston University)


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is one of the twentieth century’s great coming-of-age novels.

This Norton Critical Edition is based on Hans Gabler’s acclaimed text and is accompanied by his introduction and textual notes. John Paul Riquelme provides detailed explanatory annotations. “Backgrounds and Contexts” is thematically organized to provide readers with a clear picture of the novel’s historical, cultural, and literary inspirations. Topics include “Political Nationalism: Irish History, 1798-1916,” “The Irish Literary and Cultural Revival,” “Religion,” and “Aesthetic Backgrounds.” “Criticism” begins with John Paul Riquelme’s helpful essay on the novel’s structural form and follows with twelve diverse interpretations by, among others, Kenneth Burke, Umberto Eco, Hugh Kenner, Maud Ellmann, Joseph Valente, and Marian Eide. A Selected Bibliography is also included.



    Hans Walter Gabler – Introduction to This Edition

    Symbols and Sigla

    The Text of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


    1. Political Nationalism: Irish History, 1798-1916
    2. Chronology of Key Dates, Events, and Figures
    3. John Mitchel – [On the Great Famine and English Intentions, 1846-51]
    4. Michael Davitt – The Fall of Feudalism in Ireland: [The Phoenix Park Murders, The Kilmainham "Treaty" and Differences with Parnell] (1904)
    5. The Irish Frankenstein (1882)
    6. The Two Parnells; or, The Man Beside Himself: Parnell the Patriot and Parnell the Traitor (1890)
    7. The Disowned King of Ireland, Manifestoes to the Irish People (1890)
      1. Illustrations
      2. Address by the Bishops of Ireland
      3. An Appeal to the Irish People by Mr. Michael Davitt
      4. Protest from a Catholic Priest: Canon Doyle on the Parnell Scandal
    8. Michael Davitt – Death of Parnell—Appreciation [Ireland in 1904 and in the Future]
    9. P.H. Pearse – How Does She Stand? Three Addresses (1915)
      1. Theobold Wolf Tone – Bodenstown Address (1913)
      2. Robert Emmet and the Ireland of Today (1914)
      3. Proclamation of the Irish Republic, Easter Rising (1916)


    1. Douglas Hyde – The Necessity for De-Anglicising Ireland (1892)
    2. John Millington Synge – The Aran Islands (1907)
      1. [The Birdgirl on the Shore]
      2. [Girls Wreathed with Seaweed: Trembling and Exultation]
      3. [The Tale of the Unfaithful Wife]
      4. [Queer People and Places: Lighting a Fire]
      5. [Rejecting Paris; Choosing Ancient Simplicity]


    1. Rev. Father Giovanni Pietro Pinamonti, S.J. – Hell Opened to Christians, To Caution Them from Entering into it (1688). Illustrations:
      1. Hell Opened (frontispiece)
      2. The Straightness of the Prison of Hell. The First Consideration, For Sunday
      3. The Fire. The Second Consideration, For Monday
      4. The Company of the Damned. The Third Consideration, For Tuesday
      5. The Pain of Loss. The Fourth Considersation, For Wednesday
      6. The Sting of Conscience. The Fifth Consideration. For Thursday
      7. Despair. The Sixth Consideration. For Friday
      8. The Eternity of Pain. The Seventh Consideration. For Saturday
    2. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
      1. Annotations – First Annotation, Fourth Annotation
      2. First Week – Fifth Exercise (Meditation on Hell), Additions
      3. Fourth Week – Contemplation to Gain Love, Three Methods of Prayer


    1. The Laocoon (1910)
    2. Walter Pater – Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873-94)
      1. Pico della Mirandola
      2. Leonardo da Vinci
      3. Conclusion
    3. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
      1. From "The Preface"
      2. From "Chapter 1"


    1. John Paul Riquelme – The Parts and the Structural Rhythm of A Portrait
    2. Kenneth Burke – Fact, Inference, and Proof in the Analysis of Literary Symbolism
    3. Umberto Eco – [The Artist and Medieval Thought in The Early Joyce]
    4. Hugh Kenner – Joyce's Portrait—A Reconsideration
    5. Hèléne Cixous – [The Artist and the Law]
    6. John Paul Riquelme – [Dedalus and Joyce Writing the Book of Themselves]
    7. Karen Lawrence – Gender and Narrative Voice in Jacob's Room and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    8. Maud Ellmann – Dismembering Dedalus: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    9. Bonnie Kime Scott – [The Artist and Gendered Discourse]
    10. Joseph Valente – Thrilled by His Touch: Homosexual Panic and the Will to Artistry in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    11. Marian Eide – The Woman of the Ballyhoura Hills: James Joyce and the Politics of Creativity
    12. Pericles Lewis – The Conscience of the Race: The Nation as Church of the Modern Age
    13. Jonathan Mulrooney – Stephen Dedalus and the Politics of Confession

    James Joyce: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography