Fall 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1956 |

Whose Joyce?

Dublin's Joyce by Hugh Kenney. Indiana University Press. $5.75. Now that several hundred critics and scholars have responded to Joyce's invitation to "wipe your glosses with what you know," it should be obvious that any competent critic can find in Joyce not only whatever he is looking for, but also, if he looks again and is honest enough, its direct opposite. The varied, often contradictory interpretations of Joyce as Freudian, Jungian, Marxist, anarchist, Thomist, atheist, worshipper of the Mother Goddess, parodist, prophet, romantic, naturalist, symbolist, leg-puller, and whatever else, are all of value if we recognize them as hypotheses that help to explain parts of Joyce's mutifarious, ironic, and uncommitted art. And although they fail to cover the whole Joyce even when taken altogether, their existence gives us the right, I think, to be wary of the absolutist who scornfully dismisses almost all other writers on Joyce and dogmatically offers his own partial interpretation

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