We cannot answer the Joyce question in Beckett studies until we proceed beyond the stereotypical assumptions of the two dominant approaches: namely, the resistance to Joyce school and the poststructuralist identification with Joyce school. Instead, this essay will argue for a third approach in which Beckett's life-long engagement with Joyce is shown to be much more complex, collaborative and complementary in many ways, as well as contestatory in nature. A close examination of three portraits of Joyce in Beckett's fiction will support these contentions and lead us towards a revisionist critique in which there is an enhanced appreciation of some of the more affirmative dimensions of Beckett's work.
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