James Joyce and the Politics of Egoism

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 13, 2001 - Literary Collections - 248 pages
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In James Joyce and the Politics of Egoism, first published in 2001, a leading scholar approaches the entire Joycean canon through the concept of 'egoism'. This concept, Jean-Michel Rabat argues, runs throughout Joyce's work, and involves and incorporates its opposite, 'hospitality', a term Rabat understands as meaning an ethical and linguistic opening to 'the other'. For Rabat both concepts emerge from the fact that Joyce published crucial texts in the London based review The Egoist and later moved on to forge strong ties with the international Paris avant-garde. Rabat examines the theoretical debates surrounding these connections, linking Joyce's engagement with Irish politics with the aesthetic aspects of his texts. Through egoism, he shows, Joyce defined a literary sensibility founded on negation; through hospitality, Joyce postulated the creation of a new, utopian readership. Rabat explores Joyce's complex negotiation between these two poles in a study of interest to all Joyceans and scholars of modernism.
 

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Contents

Apres mot le deluge the ego as symptom
1
The ego the nation and degeneration
24
Joyce the egoist
43
The esthetic paradoxes of egoism from negoism to the theoretic
70
Theorys slice of life
85
The egoist vs the king
107
The conquest of Paris
131
Joyces transitional revolution
141
Hospitality and sodomy
153
Hospitality in the capital city
179
Joyces late Modernism and the birth of the genetic reader
194
Stewardship Parnellism and egotism
209
Notes
219
Bibliography
235
Index
243
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Jean-Michel Rabate, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania since 1992, is a curator of Slought Foundation, a Philadelphia gallery that he co-founded. He is also an editor of the Journal of Modern Literature and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has authored or edited more than thirty books on modernism, psychoanalysis and philosophy. Recent books include Crimes of the Future and The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Psychoanalysis (Cambridge, 2014). Forthcoming is The Value of Samuel Beckett.

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