In the first book-length study of the comedic in "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," Roy Gottfried argues that far from being a solemn work, Joyce's early masterpiece is covertly but determinedly comic. Specifically, he looks at the Portrait's
R.J. Schork examines the function of the countless saints--genuine and bogus, famous and obscure, ancient and modern--who hover over James Joyce's fiction. Schork identifies these saints, traces their inspiration in Joyce's Irish Catholic upbringing,
Examines Shaw's work in the theater and the use of theater in his work. Part I, "Bernard Shaw, Director" was originally published in 1971 and remains the most authoritative work on this aspect of Shaw. Part II: "The Director as Interpreter:
Applies chaos theory to James Joyce's Ulysses, & specifically to the course of Leopold Bloom's day, ultimately showing how and why chaos theory offers the best model yet for understanding daily human life and a fresh, humanistic understanding of Joyce.
The first major comprehensive study of the relationship between Joyce and Derrida, exploring in full Derrida’s reading of Joyce as deconstructive and the use English-speaking Joyceans have made of Derrida’s theories.
Offers a fresh interpretation of Pygmalion as a postmodern work in which Henry Higgins’s struggle to transform a flower girl into a duchess parallels Shaw’s reinvention of himself as the larger-than-life G.B.S.