Joyces Mistakes: Problems of Intention, Irony, and Interpretation
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003
"Conley offers a substantive look at theories of error, both in transmission and in cognition.... Very well written. From felicitous phrases to cleverly arranged rhetorical strategies, Conley imbues his text with clear, forceful, invigorating prose."
-- Garry Leonard (University of Toronto at Scarborough)
"A major addition to Joyce criticism."
-- Zack Bowen (University of Miami)
“Tim Conley’s book is a must; I have never laughed so often while reading a critical work on Joyce. This is a book from which you will want to read passages to friends on the phone, not just because it contains many hilarious one-liners and facetious remarks, but because it forces you to look at classical questions of literary hermeneutics in a new key, thus rethinking basic issues like sense, authority, and intention that are not entirely circumscribed by Joyce. One might say that this is the book about Joyce that Ludwig Wittgenstein would have written if he had read Finnegans Wake and concluded that Joyce was dyslexic.”
-- Jean-Michel Rabaté, James Joyce Quarterly
"Conley brings out all the air of adventure and eventful errantry inherent in textual transmission, shattering the unjust image of dry colorlessness traditionally associated with textual criticism.”
-- Dirk Van Hulle, James Joyce Literary Supplement
"Imagine the protagonist Stephen Dedalus, in collusion with the stage Irishman Buck Mulligan, collaborating on a critical text spoofing academic interpretations of Joyce's Ulysses. Both Buck and Stephen would have to have made a brief detour from Oxford to Paris, respectively, via Canada and the University of Toronto.... Such a Mulligan stew cooked up for scholars might well resemble Joyces Mistakes."
-- Suzette A. Henke, English Studies in Canada
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