James Joyce, History, Politics, & Marxism: A Bibliography

Compiled by Ralph Dumain

Ahearn, Edward J. Marx and Modern Fiction (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1989), Chapter 3: London and Dublin, pp. 76-118.

Booker, M. Keith. Ulysses, Capitalism, and Colonialism: Reading Joyce after the Cold War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000. (Contributions to the Study of World Literature; 98)

Boysen, Benjamin. “Joyce’s Politicoecomedy: On James Joyce’s Humorous Deconstruction of Ideology in Finnegans Wake,” in Why Read Joyce in the 21st Century?, edited by Franca Ruggieri & Enrico Terrinoni, Joyce Studies in Italy (Roma: Bulzoni editore), vol. 13, 2012, pp. 93-103.

Cornwell, Neil. James Joyce and the Russians. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; London: The Macmillan Press Ltd, 1992.

Day-Lewis, C. (Cecil), ed. The Mind in Chains: Socialism and the Cultural Revolution. London: Frederick Muller Ltd., 1937. 256 pp. Contents, pp. 9-10.

Edward Upward on James Joyce & Modernism

Edgell Rickword on James Joyce & Modernism

Della Volpe, Galvano. Engels, Lenin, and the Poetic of Socialist Realism, from Critique of Taste. [On Joyce, Ibsen, et al].

Fairhall, James. James Joyce and the Question of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Fallon, Donal. "The Socialism of James Joyce," Jacobin, 13 January 2021.

Gibson, Andrew. Joyce’s Revenge: History, Politics, and Aesthetics in Ulysses. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

_____________. Strong Spirit: History, Politics and Aesthetics in the Writings of James Joyce 1898-1915. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Hawthorn, Jeremy. “Ulysses, Modernism, and Marxist Criticism,” in James Joyce and Modern Literature, edited by W. J. McCormack and Alistair Stead (London: Routledge, 1982), pp.. 112–125.

James Joyce: The Augmented Ninth: Proceedings of the Ninth International James Joyce Symposium, Frankfurt, 1984, edited by Bernard Benstock. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1988. See “Joyce and Marxism,” pp. 309-345:

Herr, Cherlyl. “Joyce and Marxism: Prefatory Note,” pp. 309-311.
Williams, Trevor L. “Dominant Ideologies: The Production of Stephen Dedalus,” pp. 312-322.
McCormack, W. J. “James Joyce, Cliché, and the Irish Language,” pp. 323-336.
King, Mary C. “Ulysses: The Dissolution of Identity and the Appropriation of the Human World,” pp. 327-345.

James Joyce and the Difference of Language, edited by Laurent Milesi. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Jameson, Fredric. "‘Ulysses’ in History," in James Joyce and Modern Literature, edited by W. J. McCormack and Alistair Stead (London: Routledge, 1982), pp. 126-141.

Joyce and the Subject of History, edited by Mark A. Wollaeger, Victor Luftig, and Robert Spoo. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996.

The History of Now: Commodity Culture and Everyday Life in Joyce / Garry Leonard
History as Nightmare: Joyce’s Portrait to Christy Brown / R. Brandon Kershner
History as Text in Reverse / Fritz Senn
James Joyce and the Cosmopolitan Sublime / Joseph Valente
Reading Ulysses: Agency, Ideology, and the Novel / Mark A. Wollaeger
“Nestor” and the Nightmare: The Presence of the Great War in Ulysses / Robert Spoo
What Shouts in the Street: 1904, 1922, 1990-93 / Daniel Moshenberg
Literary Tourism and Dublin’s Joyce / Victor Luftig
“Fantastic histories”: Nomadology and Female Piracy in Finnegans Wake / Vicki Mahaffey
The Critical History of Finnegans Wake and the Finnegans Wake of Historical Criticism / Margot Norris
Ireland from the Outside / Cheryl Herr
Bibliography of Criticism on Joyce and History / Robert Spoo

Kettle, Arnold. "James Joyce: Ulysses," in An Introduction to the English Novel. Vol. 2: Henry James to the Present (London; New York: Hutchinson's University Library, 1953, pp. 135-151. See also West, below.

Ledwith, Sean. “Finnegans Wake, fascism, and the essential unity of the human race,” Culture Matters, 3 September 2019.

Macdonald, Dwight. “James Joyce” (1959), in Against the American Grain (1962), new introduction by John Simon (New York: Da Capo Press, 1983), pp. 123-142.

Manalili, Maper Anne. Marxist Themes in James Joyce’s A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.

Manganiello, Dominic. Joyce’s Politics. London; Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980.

McGee, Patrick. Joyce beyond Marx: History and Desire in ‘Ulysses’ and ‘Finnegans Wake’. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Merrifield, Andy. “Crowd Politics, Or, ‘Here Comes Everybuddy’,” New Left Review, no. 71, September/October 2011.

Joyce, Marx, Lefebvre: Considerations for the 21st Century, presentation via Marxist Education Project, June 18, 2022, 2:00-4:00 pm.

Murphy, Sean P. James Joyce and Victims: Reading the Logic of Exclusion. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2003.

Nolan, Emer. James Joyce and Nationalism. London; New York: Routledge, 1995.

Paul, Ronald. “Politics and the Novel: Three British Marxist Critics of the 1930s,” Socialism and Democracy, Volume 16, No. 2, 2002, pp.163-181. Note Alick West on Joyce. See also West, below.

Rabaté, Jean-Michel. James Joyce and the Politics of Egoism. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Radek, Karl. “Contemporary World Literature and the Tasks of Proletarian Art”: 7. James Joyce or Socialist Realism?, in Problems of Soviet Literature: Reports and Speeches at the First Soviet Writers’ Congress, by A. Zhdanov, Maxim Gorky, N. Bukharin, K. Radek, A. Stetsky (New York: International Publishers, 1935).

Re: Joyce: Text, Culture, Politics; edited by John Brannigan, Geoff Ward, and Julian Wolfreys. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. Contents.

Segall, Jeffrey. “Between Marxism and Modernism, or How to Be a Revolutionist and Still Love ‘Ulysses’,” James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 4, Summer, 1988, pp. 421-444.

Segall, Jeffrey. Joyce in America: Cultural Politics and the Trials of Ulysses. Berkeley; Los Angeles; Oxford: University of California Press, 1993.

Chapter 1: “James Joyce or Socialist Realism?” Marxist Aesthetics and the Problem of Ulysses
Chapter 3:  Between Marxism and Modernism— Joyce and the Dissident Left

Steven, Mark. “The Quiet Radicalism of James Joyce’s Ulysses,” Jacobin, 16 June 2021.

Thompson, Spurgeon. “Returning to Political Interpretation: A Communist Finnegans Wake,” in Why Read Joyce in the 21st Century?, edited by Franca Ruggieri & Enrico Terrinoni, Joyce Studies in Italy (Roma: Bulzoni editore), vol. 13, 2012, pp. 17-35.

Turner, Jason. Marxism’s Influence in James Joyce’s Ulysses, transcripts [with slide show], 4 May 2014.

Weninger, Robert K. The German Joyce, foreword by Sebastian D. G. Knowles. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. See Chapter 7: “‘Concordances’ of utter chaos post rem”: a portrait of James Joyce as a chapter in German (Marxist) literary history, pp. 174-203.

West, Alick. Crisis and Criticism. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1937 (1975). See chapter: 'James Joyce: “Ulysses”' (pp. 104-127). See also Paul, above, also Kettle.

Williams, Keith. “Joyce’s ‘Chinese Alphabet’: Ulysses and the Proletarians,” in Irish Writing: Exile and Subversion, edited by Paul Hyland and Neil Sammells (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1991), pp. 173-187.

Williams, Trevor L. Reading Joyce Politically. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1997.

Zhantieva, B. G. "Joyce's Ulysses," in Preserve and Create: Essays in Marxist Literary Criticism, edited by Gaylord C. LeRoy and Ursula Beitz (New York: Humanities Press, 1973), pp. 138-172.

Joyce & Eisenstein

Sheehan, Thomas W. “Montage Joyce: Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, and ‘Ulysses’,” James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 42/43, no. 1/4, Fall 2004 - Summer 2006), pp. 69-86.

Tall, Emily. “Eisenstein on Joyce: Sergei Eisenstein’s Lecture on James Joyce at the State Institute of Cinematography, November 1, 1934,” James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 24, no. 2, Winter 1987, pp. 133-142.

Weiss, Katherine. “James Joyce and Sergei Eisenstein: Haunting Samuel Beckett’s Film,” Journal of Beckett Studies, vol. 21, no. 2, 2012, pp. 181-192.

Werner,Gösta. “James Joyce and Sergei Eisenstein,” translated by Erik Gunnemark, James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 3, Spring 1990, pp. 491–507.

See also companion bibliographies: James Joyce, Politics, & the Jews: Select Bibliography and James Joyce & Hungary: Selected Bibliography.

John Carey on James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom: For and Against the Masses

"James Joyce: Ulysses" by Arnold Kettle

Edward Upward on James Joyce & Modernism

Edgell Rickword on James Joyce & Modernism

The Approach to Literature [sections 5-7] by T. A. Jackson

Theodor W. Adorno on modernism, Georg Lukács, James Joyce (1)

Theodor W. Adorno on modernism, Georg Lukács, James Joyce (2)

Literature and Dialectical Materialism by John Strachey

“James Joyce” (Excerpts)
by Dwight Macdonald (with comments by RD)

James Joyce & Hungary: Selected Bibliography

James Joyce, Politics, & the Jews: Select Bibliography

James Joyce: Special Topics: Bibliography, Links, Quotes

James Joyce & Technology, Vitalism, Robots, Artificial Intelligence,
Cyberculture & Combinatorics:
A Bibliographic Pathway

James Joyce & Esperanto: Selected Bilingual Bibliography / Elektita Dulingva Bibliografio

British Marxism in Philosophy, Science, and Culture Before the New Left:
Essential Historical Surveys

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