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Oct. 19, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Weldon Thornton will give the talk, "Voices and Values in James Joyce's Ulysses," Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk is open to the public without charge.

Thornton is the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is a distinguished James Joyce scholar and a noted teacher and scholar of both Irish literature and modern literature, according to John Rickard, professor of English at Bucknell.

"His lecture will deal with questions of modernism, literary style, and ethics in Joyce's novel," he said.

Thornton is the author of several books including The Antimodernism of Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Voices and Values in Joyce's Ulysses. Of the latter, Patrick McCarthy of the University of Miami says, this book "is the most important study in many years of the relationship between Joyce's stylistic experiments and the values on which they are based" providing a clear answer to a question that has vexed critics for decades: Why does Joyce employ a different style for each of the last 10 episodes of Ulysses?"

Thornton argues that Joyce's intention is to reveal and to highlight the limitations and distortions that these disparate styles produce.


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