James Joyce in Context

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 12, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 414 pages
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This collection of original, cohesive and concise essays charts the vital contextual backgrounds to Joyce's life and writing. The volume begins with a chronology of Joyce's publishing history, an analysis of his various biographies and a study of his many published and unpublished letters. It goes on to examine how his works were received in the main twentieth-century critical and theoretical schools. Most importantly, it places Joyce within multiple Irish, British and European contexts, providing a lively sense of the varied and changing world in which he lived, which formed him, and from which he wrote. The essays collectively show how Joyce was rooted in his times, how he is both a product and a critic of his multiple contexts, and how important he remains to the world of literature, criticism and culture.
 

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Contents

an overview
3
Biography
17
Letters
27
Theory and critical reception
39
Joyce s reception 19041941
41
Postwar Joyce
52
Structuralism deconstruction poststructuralism
65
Gender and sexuality
76
The Irish Revival
195
The English literary tradition
205
Paris
216
Trieste
228
Greek and Roman themes
239
Medicine
250
Modernisms
262
Music
275

Psychoanalysis
88
Postcolonialism
99
Genetic Joyce criticism
112
Translation
125
Joyce and world literature
137
Twentyfirstcentury critical contexts
148
Historical and cultural contexts
161
Being in Joyces world
163
Dublin
173
Nineteenthcentury lyric nationalism
184
Newspapers and popular culture
299
Language and languages
309
Philosophy
320
Religion
332
Science
343
Cinema
355
Sex
366
Further reading
378
Index
399
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John McCourt is a lecturer at the Universita Roma, Tre.

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