Joyce's Environs

Strange words, allusions, and characters constitute only a fraction of Joyce’s text. In addition the reader encounters a mass of other topics as the narratives progress. These pages provide background material on many of these – demonstrating that the back streets of Joyce’s fiction are filled with sights, scenes, and other cultural references that would have been familiar to the Dubliners of his day, but which have over the years become gradually less familiar to his readers.

For a full listing of notes and articles in this category go to Articles


James Joyce writes as if it might be taken for granted that his readers know, not only the city
 he writes about, but its little shops and its little shows, the nicknames that have been given
to its near-great, the cant phrases that have been used on the side streets.
Mary and Padraic Colum, Our Friend James Joyce (1959),  p. 142

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