James H. Thomason Library

English 365: Modern British & American Novel - Joyce

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James Joyce, North Earl Street, Dublin,
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Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions, Guides, Criticism  

Print Materials


For background information and definitions refer to the following library reference works and online reference collections:

An Annotated Critical Bibliography of James Joyce, St. Martin's Press, 1989.
Main Level, Reference: R 016.823912 St16A

Cambridge Companion to James Joyce, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Upper Level: 823.91209 C144C

The Consciousness of Joyce, Richard Ellmann, Oxford University Press, 1977.
Upper Level: 823.91209 El59C

Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Salem Press, 1983- .
Main Level, Reference:
R 809.3 M272C [8 vols]


Dictionary of Irish Literature, Greenwood Press, 1979.
Main Level, Reference: R 820.99415 Ox2O

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Study, Stuart Gilbert, Vintage Books, 1961.
Upper Level: 823.91209 G376J

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
Main Level, Reference: R 801.950904 J62J

This informative, reliable introduction to criticism and literary theory is for those with interest in theoretical issues but without specialized knowledge. Entries contain cross references, see also, and a bibliography with selected primary and secondary sources. Helpful indexes of Names and Topics in back of volume.

Oxford Companion to English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 820.9 Ox2O

Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference:
R 820.99415 Ox2O
Also available online:
The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature [ORO] 2000.

Ulysses on the Liffey, Richard Ellmann, Oxford University Press, 1972.

Upper Level: 823.912 El59U

e-Reference books
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Brewer's Britain and Ireland [CREDO Reference], Chambers Harrap, 2005.
Gathers together in one A-Z volume the linguistic, historical, folkloric and literary associations behind thousands of locations in the British Isles, both the celebrated and less well-known. A search for James Joyce retrieves over a dozen entries on sites dealing with the author; i.e. Dún Laoghaire [pronounced Dunleary]: "Joyce's Tower:To the east of Dún Laoghaire, at Sandycove Point, is the Martello tower where in 1904 James Joyce briefly stayed with his friend, the wit and medical man Oliver St. John Gogarty, who rented the tower from the War Office for £8 per year. Both tower and Gogarty (in the guise of ‘Stately, plump Buck Mulligan’) feature at the beginning of Ulysses, and the tower (‘Joyce's Tower’) is now a Joyce museum."

Cambridge Guide to Literature in English [CREDO Reference], Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006.
Authoritative and international survey of world literature in English covers Joyce, Ulysses, and modernism.

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2007.

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2000. Also available in print, Oxford Companion to Irish Literature [1996]
Searchable database version of the Concise Oxford companion to Irish literature is a comprehensive guide to sixteen centuries of literature. First published 1996 as The Oxford companion to Irish literature, this resource provides information on various literary movements, seminal works and major and minor writers.

Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature [CREDO Reference], Continuum International Publishing Group, Ltd., 2006.
A comprehensive guide to all British literature, including literature in English from the colonial and postcolonial periods.

A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2004.
A survey of the whole of Celtic mythology, legend, saga, and folklore. It covers the people, themes, concepts, places, and creatures of Celtic mythology, from both ancient and modern traditions, in 4,000 entries ranging from brief definitions to short essays.


A Dictionary of English Folklore [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003. 
Entertaining and informative explanations of a wide range of subjects in folklore.


A Dictionary of Literary Symbols [CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2003.
The first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than "universal" psychological archetypes, myths, or esoterica. Concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures.  
Also available Main Level, Reference: R 809.915 F373D [2000].


The Oxford Companion to English Literature [Oxford Reference Online] Oxford Univ. Press, 2008.
Also available Main, Level Reference: R 820.9 Ox2O [2000]

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2008.

A gazetteer of almost 2,000 places - villages, towns, cities, and landscapes - in Britain and Ireland detailing their connections with the lives of famous writers. It invites the reader to explore the places where their favorite writers - from Jane Austen to Philip Pullman - were born, lived, were educated, worked, and drew inspiration. The entries elegantly interweave information with anecdote and quotation, to build a vivid picture of the day-to-day lives of the writers. (New to this edition are special feature entries on writers particularly associated with places, including James Joyce. Also has an index of author names, with mini biographies, enabling the reader to track down all the places associated with their favorite writers.)


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Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale]
Search here for your author or use advanced search criteria to compile a list of authors by type. Contains biographical information from Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as British Writers [Main Level Reference: R 820.9 B777B] and thirteen Scribner print sources.


Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 920.02 En19E [17 vols]
Alphabetically arranged long essays on reputable personalities who have made great contributions to human culture and society.

James Joyce, Richard Ellmann, Oxford University Press, 1959.

Upper Level: B J853E

James Joyce, Richard Ellmann, Oxford University Press, 1982.

Upper Level: B J853K 1982


James Joyce sketched by the author in Zurich, 1919, IN Budgen, Frank, James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses, OUP, 1934, available through PASCAL Delivers.

    In Zurich in 1918 and 1919, the English painter Frank Budgen and the Irish writer James Joyce met almost daily to walk, talk, and drink wine; their talk, among other things, was of the complex novel Joyce was then writing. This captivating study is the record of these conversations.

Style Guides   back to top


Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2009.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Modern Language Association, 2009.
Main Level, Reference: Ready Reference Shelf or R 808.027 M72M

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.




Locating Books back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, word, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              
  Joyce, James 1882-1941 [as AUTHOR]  
  Joyce, James 1882-1941 [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to James Joyce:
THOMCAT Subjects
  Dublin, Ireland In Literature                     

Ireland -- In literature

  Ireland -- Intellectual life -- 20th century              
  Joyce, James 1882 1941 Criticism And Interpretation  13
  Joyce, James 1882 1941 Ulysses            19
  Ulysses, Joyce James 1882 1941            19



There is now a pass-through from search results in THOMCAT to the same results in the PASCAL Catalog -- just click on the PASCAL icon on the right side of the results screen to view PASCAL search results. The pass-through is available on any search at any level.  Note the number of results in red above and below for the same subject in each of the catalogs.

PASCAL Catalog Subjects
  Joyce, James 1882 1941 Criticism And Interpretation 270
  Joyce, James 1882-1941 Ulysses 308

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

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· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
James Joyce AND Ulysses

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(censor* OR suppress*) AND Joyce

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"James Joyce"
"modernist literature"

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A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

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Locating Articles & Criticism: back to top
Reference Sources & Criticism  


Literature Resources from Gale [Thomson Gale]

Literature criticism, biographies, work and topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works-all searchable at the same time and returned in lists organized according to the type of research needs they serve. Includes LitFinder, Literature Resource Center, Scribner Writer's Series, and Twayne's Authors Series.

American Writers, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974-2007.

Main Level, Reference: R 820.9 Am35A[+ supplements]

Also searchable in Scribner Writer's Series

British Writers, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1979-2007.
Main Level, Reference:
R 820.9 B777B [8 vols, 12 supplements]
Also searchable in Scribner Writer's Series


Articles, Essays, Book Chapters back to top

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.
MLA Tutorial - basic search. Choose Shockwave Flash file.

Academic Search Premier - Humanities[EBSCOhost]
Search this subset of full text peer-reviewed humanities journals indexed in Academic Search Premier.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles available at Thomason Library. The collections include journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, and humanities. This archive covers the full run of journals from the first issue of volume one; however, the most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of over 100 core journals in the humanities and social sciences. You can limit search below search boxes by journal title or discipline [Irish Studies and/or Literature and/or Literary Magazines], by date or type of content.

Key Journals back to top

Click on the title to view availability online and in print through Journal Finder:

Dublin James Joyce Journal [University College Dublin, James Joyce Research Centre]

The first Irish journal devoted exclusively to the writing of Joyce will be published annually featuring essays on Joyce that concentrate on archival, historical, and textual research that draws on the rich resources of the National Library of Ireland. The publication will appeal both to the general reader who is curious about Joyce's work as well as to the Joycean specialist. First issue published January 2009. from National Library of Ireland News, Spring 2009 issue(.pdf)

The James Joyce Quarterly [University of Tulsa]

The James Joyce Literary Supplement [University of Miami, Department of English]

An international scholarly journal published twice a year that is dedicated to reviewing all books about or related to James Joyce and Joyce-related subjects, such as Irish literature and Modernism. See "Back Issues" for indexing. Articles/reviews can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.

Joyce Studies Annual [Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University Texas]

6/2000 through 6/2003 available when you click on the full-text dates for EBSCO ASP and the Annual year for both Infotrac databases indexing this title. An annual publication now ceased.

Genetic Joyce Studies: Electronic Journal for the Study of James Joyce's Works in Progress
An electronic journal published once a year at the Antwerp James Joyce Center, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Modern Fiction Studies
Engaging articles on prominent works of modern and contemporary fiction. Emphasizing historical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary approaches, the journal encourages a dialogue between fiction and theory, publishing work that offers new theoretical insights, clarity of style, and completeness of argument. Modern Fiction Studies alternates general issues dealing with a wide range of texts with special issues focused on single topics or individual writers.

Novel: A Forum on Fiction

A literary critical journal that features articles on various aspects of the novel genre, including theories of the novel, narratives of race and ethnicity, the novel in an international context, the novel and the history of sexuality, the novel and mass visuality, the novel's place in cultural studies, and agency in or of the novel.

ELH (English Literary History)
Superior studies interpreting the conditions affecting major works in English and American literature while publishing articles with an intelligent mix of historical, critical, and theoretical concerns.

The Explicator
This journal publishes short papers on passages of prose and poetry. Each issue contains between 25 and 30 notes on works of literature, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman times to our own, from throughout the world.

Studies in English Literature
Focuses on four fields of British Literature which rotate quarterly as follows: Winter-English Renaissance, Spring - Tudor and Stuart Drama, Summer-Restoration and Eighteenth Century, and Autumn - Nineteenth Century with historical and critical essays which contribute to the understanding of English Literature.

Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.


Internet Resources: back to top
General Sites  

The Brazen Head: A James Joyce Resource [Allen Ruch, The Modern World]
"Here you will find information and resources on Joyce and his works, links to other Joyce sites across the Web, and miscellaneous Joycean tidbits. It is my intention to create a comfortable spot where long time enthusiasts of Joyce and those just beginning to read his work may visit and kick back to enjoy exploring the world of this delightfully mad Irishman." description from site

Includes papers, images, and more, but also books for sale.

IQ Infinity: The Unknown James Joyce [Jorn Barger]
The widest reaching set of Joyce pages including a Joyce portal, news, hypertexts, a chronology, texts, a weblog news, features the James Joyce Portal, in-depth examination of Joyce's works, biographical information, news, links, an annotated and shortened edition of Finnegans Wake, and on-line resources on Dubliners and Ulysses.

The James Joyce Checklist [Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin]

A bibliography of publications relevant to Joyce, in any language, and in every medium, from the early twentieth century to the present. The Checklist is an ongoing project whose contents will grow both retrospectively and prospectively, updated quarterly. Also at this site, The Joyce Calendar: A Chronological Listing of Published, Unpublished, and Ungathered Correspondence by James Joyce, compiled by Richard B. Watson and Randolph Lewis.

Joyce Images [Aida Yared]

A comprehensive set of images to illustrate every chapter of Ulysses using period documents (photos, postcards, etc).

Postcard image on right depicting Grafton Street, Dublin, mentioned in "Wandering Rocks" chapter of Ulysses.


Ulysses: A Feminist Perspective--An Annotated Bibliography [Brittany G. Chenault]

A bibliography of sources to explore and acquire (with annotations!).

Warren Wedin's Joyce Page [California State University, Northridge]

Online bibliography of critical books and articles by subject from general to individual works.

 Organizations & Societies

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James Joyce Society

Events, history, gallery, archive and over 100 Joyce links.

James Joyce Center

Opened in 1996, and run by members of Joyce’s sister’s family at 35 North Great Georges Street, Dublin, this restored home provides a location for exhibitions, portraits, lectures, a library, and walking tours of Dublin for those interested in James Joyce.

Zürich James Joyce Foundation

Zurich, the home of James Joyce while in Switzerland. The Zürich Foundation hosts a summer workshop on Joyce every August.

The William Faulkner Society

See Resources for links to scholarly journals, conferences, research centers, and university institutes.


Special Collections and Manuscripts back to top


Electronic Ulysses Concordance [Project Gutenberg]
An exciting new tool that provides a hypertext edition of Ulysses in which every word is linked to every other occurrence of the same word in Ulysses.

Concordance editions also available for Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library  [Yale University]
The Beinecke is also the home of a major James Joyce collection, which includes the only manuscript (if not absolutely complete) of Dubliners, that of Exiles, as well as substantial material relating to Finnegans Wake, many letters, and a large group of books and pamphlets by and about Joyce. This collection was mostly formed and donated by Joyce's bibliographer John Slocum and was subsequently added to by gift and by purchase. The most substantial such addition was the acquisition in 1989 of the archive of Eugene and Maria Jolas, who beginning in 1926 published installments of Work in Progress (the future Finnegans Wake) in their influential Parisian literary journal Transition . The archive documents their close contacts with Joyce and his family, as well as Eugene Jolas's own work as a journalist and poet, and contains many drafts of his recently published autobiography, Man from Babel.

James Joyce and Ulysses: An Exhibit [The National Library of Ireland]

The on site exhibition (15 June 2004-10 May 2006) used touchscreen installations covering many aspects of Joyce and of his works – his life, his writings, the people he knew, and the contents and characters of Ulysses. The Joyce collection has not been digitized, yet, however here is a .pdf flier for the travelling exhibition (poor resolution).

The James Joyce Collection [SUNY Buffalo]  Exhibit not available in digitized format.
A library exhibit at the Buffalo campus from 2009. The library collection includes
10,000 pages of the author’s working papers, notebooks, manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, portraits, publishing records, important memorabilia and ephemeral material, as well as Joyce’s private library and the complete body of significant Joyce criticism. The collection distinguishes SUNY-B as a leading resource for Joyce scholarship. The James Joyce Collection documents the crucial, chaotic and productive years of Joyce’s life with unmatched glimpses into his writing process and literary relationships.

James Joyce: From Dublin to Ithaca [Cornell University]
An online exhibit based upon a spectacular collection of letters, manuscripts and books documenting the life and work of James Joyce at Cornell.

Project Gutenberg
Producer of literary eBooks in the public domain, including James Joyce's Ulysses.


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