There is quite an important theme in Ulysses which is not mentioned in this interview. theguardian.com/books/2019/jun…
No. I think he could have used the occasion to make the obvious point: anti-semites are not generally fans of Ulysses, and for good reason. It's very clear where Joyce stands on anti-semitism (and he was unusual among modernists in this respect).
Are you out of your mind? It's one of the greatest attacks on anti-semitism in modern literature.
@chienontheloose Ulysses is a novel *about* anti-semitism (among many other things). It is one of the greatest critiques of anti-semitism in western literature. It's Corbyn's favourite book. That to me suggests he is not anti-semitic. Is this so hard?
I meant what I said. The idea that Ulysses endorses anti-semitism is so patently absurd I can't believe someone is trying to tell me it's false.
The anti-semitic views in Ulysses are those of the characters, not of the author. The main protagonist is Jewish. The novel is emphatically *not* anti-semitic - on the contrary.
Seriously, that is simply untrue. I was making the point that anti-semitism is one of the major themes of the book. It's a book no anti-semite could really like. I was surprised this aspect wasn't mentioned in the interview. I don't do innuendo.
Getting quite a pile-on from Corbynistas who think I'm saying his favourite novel, Ulysses, is anti-semitic. Seriously. It's not very pleasant but it's also just kinda weird.
So-before I start hitting the mute button- Ulysses is a novel about a society in which anti-semitism is endemic. It is one of the greatest critiques of anti-semitism in modern literature. It is not a book any anti-semite would tend to favour. And it's Corbyn's favourite book.
Only really noticed on last rereading how careful he is to show it's present among Brits and Irish, catholic and protestant (and atheist), unionist and nationalist, all classes. The theme is very carefully orchestrated.