This book presents a multi-pronged inverse historical analysis of Joyce's high-modernist magnum opus Ulysses, foregrounding the historicity of its unapologetic subject matter - the quotidian. It argues that the everyday life depicted in Ulysses espouses alternative historical trajectories neglected by traditional historiographic paradigms, which largely deal with great personages and momentous events. The sphere of ordinary life is also where lasting changes must be accomplished if transformations are to happen at all in what gets written or accepted as a posteriori 'history.' Across eight elaborate chapters, the book reconstructs quotidian 'micro-histories' surrounding work and income, material objects and practices, everyday relationships, body and health, ideologies and power, socio-psychological resources, and, in one of the many internal heterogenizations of the everyday, gender issues.
Jibu Mathew George is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Indian and World Literatures at the School of Literary Studies of the English and Foreign Languages University (formerly the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages), Hyderabad, India. He holds MA degrees in English Literature, Philosophy and Religion, and Political Science, an MSc degree in Applied Psychology, a PhD on James Joyce, an Advanced Diploma in German, and a Junior Diploma in French. He has published on James Joyce, Indian writing in English, literary theory, philosophy of literature, history, time, and mythology in various national and international academic journals and critical anthologies. At present, he is working on his second book, Why Do Things with Texts, and What to? Philosophical Reflections on Contemporary Literary Studies. He was a Research Fellow at the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, Switzerland, in 2008. In the same year, he also received a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for studies at Technische Universitat Dresden. University College Dublin granted him a scholarship to participate in the James Joyce Research Colloquium in April 2008. He was also awarded a travel grant by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) to attend the Conference on Folk Beliefs and Traditions of the Supernatural at Unst, Shetland, United Kingdom, in 2014. He is a member of the editorial board of the English and Foreign Languages Journal (EFLJ), the board of reviewers of Glocal Colloquies: An International Journal of World Literatures and Cultures, and the advisory board of Epitome: International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research. He was the coordinating editor of a special issue of EFLJ entitled Postcolonial Pedagogy (2013). He has served as the subject expert and script writer for e-learning programmes sponsored by the University Grants Commission in India, in addition to working as member of the curriculum committees of several universities and as resource person for refresher courses for university and college teachers. His areas of academic interest include modernism, twentieth-century European fiction in translation, twentieth-century American fiction, twentieth-century literary theory, continental philosophy, comparative religion, mythology and folklore, life span psychology, Holocaust studies, and historiography.