James Joyce Topics for Discussion

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Joyce moves constantly throughout his life. How do the cities he lives in inspire his works?

Discuss Joyce's relationship to Ireland. How does this relationship shift, or change, throughout his life?

Compare and contrast Joyce's relationships with his mother and with Nora. How do the two women resemble each other and how are they different?

What is the influence of John Joyce on his son's life? Give details and examples.

How does Lucia Joyce's mental decline affect Joyce in his later years? How are her afflictions present in Finnegan's Wake, if at all?

While he writes extremely innovative books, Joyce receives a typical education for a middle-class Irishman of his time. How does this early education affect his later writings?

Joyce, like his father, briefly undertakes medical training. Is this training evident in any of his novels? On a linguistic level, how might it have affected his writing?

Discuss Joyce's relationship with his wife, Nora. How would you characterize this relationship and why was it so successful for so many years?

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