It’s not wrong to say that Joyce uses “shit” and “fuck” freely, but it’s misleading. In a novel of more than a quarter of a million words, “fuck” appears twice, and “shit” four times. Bloom certainly denies that he is a Jew, but the denial appears in the “Eumaeus” chapter, in which every statement—indeed, almost every word!—is unreliable. Joyce didn’t like being pinned down, in his life or in his art.
David J. Wilson
Jun 11 2014 - 3:59am