The assumptions that literary criticism and philosophy are closely linked—and that both disciplines can learn much from each other—lead David White to examine key passages in James JoyceÆs novels both as a philosopher and as literary critic. In so doing, he develops a thesis that JoyceÆs attempt to capture the mysterious process whereby perception and consciousness are translated into language entails a fundamental challenge to everyday notions of reality. JoyceÆs stylistic brilliance and virtuosity, his destruction of normal syntax and meaning, “shock one into a new reality.” In the bookÆs final section, White examines the subtle relation between literary language and human consciousness and traces parallels between JoyceÆs stylistic experimentation and WittgensteinÆs and HusserlÆs ideas about language.
David A. White has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto and has taught philosophy in colleges and universities since 1967. He is the author of eight books and numerous articles on philosophy, literary criticism, and educational theory.