Ulysses | Critical Essay by Robert Alter

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Ulysses.
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Critical Essay by Robert Alter

SOURCE: Alter, Robert. “James Joyce's Comic Messiah.” American Scholar 66, no. 3 (summer 1997): 452-61.

In the following essay, Alter perceives the character of Leopold Bloom in Ulysses as a version of the Greek epic hero.

The reasons that drew Joyce to cast his modern Everyman in the mold of the classical Ulysses have been broadly evident to readers since the first publication of the novel. Of all the epic heroes of antiquity, Ulysses is the one who most fully engages the alluring multiplicity of human experience (“many sided” is one of his Homeric epithets), moving from seductress to sorceress to monster to welcoming princess, flung from proud commander to naked shipwreck survivor, then springing from disguised beggar to triumphant king. The exigencies of the quotidian, piquantly entrammeled with the fabulous, are more palpable in...

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