The ‘Unfallable Encyclicling’ of James Joyce

Written between the years 1914 and 1922, Ulysses is an encyclopaedia stored up against the possible destruction of Western civilisation by world war. It is designed, as Joyce explained, to contain “a picture” of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book

Stephen J. Burn in Problems with David Foster Wallace’s Poetics

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