My principal debt is to Claire Colebrook, who read successive drafts of the manuscript, and offered many useful observations and suggestions. When writing the book I was grateful for the convivial intellectual atmosphere fostered both by my colleagues at Edinburgh University and the undergraduate students in my James Joyce class; and for the friendship of Miriam Nabarro, Sue Loukomitis, Richard Willis and Martin Reid. My thanks go to the staff of Edinburgh University Library and the staff of the National Library of Scotland for their professionalism and courtesy; and to the School of Languages, Literature and Culture at Edinburgh University for their generous financial support. I am also particularly grateful to Jackie Jones, Commissioning Editor at Edinburgh University Press, for her exemplary stewardship in finally seeing the book into print. The book is dedicated to Keith Spinks and Jane Colebrook.
Extracts from James Joyce’s writing are reproduced with the permission of the Estate. Copyright © the Estate of James Joyce.