I'm a huge Joyce lover, but after reading a lot of critical work/exploration on him, I wonder if I'm missing the pieces that discuss the emotion in his work. Specifically Ulysses.
I would love any recs! My favorite part of Joyce's work is the emotion in Ulysses, ie. when Stephen and Bloom connect at the end, when Bloom 'sees' Rudy, when Molly recalls Bloom's proposal, etc. I am always deeply moved by these types of scenes, but I haven't seen/read any critical commentary on the 'emotive power' of Joyce.
Maybe this sounds too nebulous! I wonder if anyone else felt this way. Don't get me wrong, I love reading critical pieces on Joyce and have a lot of books on him -- it's just that emotion between the humans in the work strikes me the strongest (after being a dedicated Joycean for many years.)
Just personally, I love how after the sadness/pain that Stephen feels in Portrait & Ulysses -- and after the disconnect/regret Bloom sometimes experiences -- the two talk. The fact that they talk about academic and almost random subjects makes sense (to me) in a way. It's almost as if they have a moment of relaxed connection despite the fact that they don't talk about anything 'important' (ie. the problems they have, or their pasts etc.)
I'd love to hear any opinions on emotion in Joyce!
(Also, I don't know if this is allowed, but I have a framed Joyce picture/portrait with quote that I inherited and am trying to pass on, it's here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...2#ht_500wt_898