2.23.2004

Ulysses Gets Panned

Roddy Doyle and another critic give reasons why Ulysses is a failure.

I've only read sections of Ulysses, which I found amusing, so I cannot argue for or against. I will add that time does seem to play a factor in critical opinion and that an "ethical aesthetics" (one that has regard for all of fiction's parts as well as broader views of where it fits into the schemata of literature--in other words, a critical theory of practical use) is crucial. Hype eventually dies. If Ulysses is better than the attacks--never fear, fans--it shall breathe again to critical acceptance.

What's next? Remembrance of Things Past?

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