Genetic Inroads into the Art of James Joyce - cover image


Hans Walter Gabler

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  • English

Print Length

458 pages (vi+452)


Paperback156 x 32 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.26" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 35 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.38" x 9.21")


Paperback864g (30.48oz)
Hardback867g (30.58oz)



OCLC Number





  • DSB
  • DSBH
  • PSAK


  • DS
  • DSK
  • U
  • DSBH


  • LIT024000
  • LIT004130
  • LIT024050


  • PR6019.O9


  • James Joyce
  • Composition analysis
  • Genetic editing
  • Joyce's Ulysses
  • Literary analysis

Genetic Inroads into the Art of James Joyce

  • Hans Walter Gabler (author)
This book is a treasure trove comprising core writings from Hans Walter Gabler‘s seminal work on James Joyce, spanning fifty years from the analysis of composition he undertook towards a critical text of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, through the Critical and Synoptic Edition of Ulysses, to Gabler‘s latest essays on (appropriately enough) Joyce’s sustained artistic innovation.

Not only does this span of essays trace the evolution of Gabler’s thinking about Joyce’s originality and creative energy. It also reflects the development and maturation of Gabler‘s own genetic criticism and his methodology of genetic editing, which grows in depth and complexity across the collection. The reader will explore Joyce’s life and works through Gabler’s incisive eye, while also examining a progress of his reflections on his edition of Ulysses and the past controversy that beset it.

This classic compendium combining well-seasoned scholarship and fresh criticism is an essential read for critics of Modernism, digital humanists, scholars and students of James Joyce, and anyone interested in the art of literary analysis.


Hans Walter Gabler

Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Editorial Scholarship at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Senior Research Fellow at School of Advanced Study

Hans Walter Gabler is Professor (retired) of English Literature and Editorial Scholarship at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, London University, Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and Honorary Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation. He undertook, as editor-in-chief, the Critical and Synoptic Edition of James Joyce's Ulysses (1984), and the critical editions of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners (both 1993). In Munich from 1996 to 2002, he directed an interdisciplinary graduate programme on “Textual Criticism as Foundation and Method of the Historical Disciplines.” From 2008 to 2010, he was Chair of the ESF-COST Action A32, "Open Scholarly Communities on the Web," and between 2014 and 2016 served as coordinator of a transatlantic research project “Diachronic Markup and Presentation Practices for Text Edition in Digital Research Environments”. Through his research on writing processes he seeks to advance theory and practice of the digital scholarly edition in a Digital Humanities environment. Editorial theory, genetic digital editing and genetic criticism have become the main focus of his professional writing. His 2018 collection of essays, Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and Other Essays, may be traced and read via