Is biographical information about Joyce and the critical apparatus surrounding his work a supplement to, or essential structural element of, his work

idea that (following Auerbach in Mimesis), as the conceit of the afterlife in Dante’s Comedy, and the conceit of ‘the stage’ in Shakespeare’s plays (“all the world’s a stage”) , and the metafictional aspect of Don Quixote (Cervantes writing not about Don Quixote per se but about a history of Don Quixote he has found), are artifices that contribute to the realistic effects of these works; so secondary literature and critical apparatus about Ulysses make possible the realism of the book itself, and represent a further evolution of such artifices in Western Literature. 

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