A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What might be the most important stylistic element of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce?

Expert Answers info

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write5,918 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Business

Critics agree that the most important stylistic element of Joyce's novel is structure. Joyce deliberately attempted to create a new style of novel by rejecting the convention of plot.

Instead of a conventional plot--an orderly chronologically oriented element developed over time in the English language novel beginning with Defoe's Robinson Crusoe--Joyce chose a structure built upon vignettes of pivotal times in Stephen Dedalus's life. These vignettes show the picture of Stephen's...

(The entire section contains 243 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial