Samir Ferhi


This research seeks to read James Joyce’s Ulysses through Algerian eyes, with focus on its comparison with Yacine Kateb’s Nedjma (1956). Taking its theoretical bearings from postcolonial historicism and dialogism, it makes the case that reading Joyce’s Ulysses from the comparative perspective of the Algerian francophone writer’s Nedjma helps shed light on the manner the Irish author deploys Irish vernacular culture, most particularly carnival or folklore, to undermine the presumably “mythic method” associated with his name since Eliot has employed this famous catchy phrase in 1923.

Keywords: Kateb, Joyce, Eliot, postcolonialism, literary myth, history, Carnival.

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