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James Joyce

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James Joyce by Andrew Gibson

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In this new work, Andrew Gibson sets out to reverse the traditional view of Joyce and his work as the paradigm of international modernism in literature. Where criticism has usually consigned Ireland to secondary status in Joyce's work, Gibson firmly relocates the writer and his work in Ireland, showing them at all points to be intricately bound up in Irish history, politics and culture. Crucially, he views Joyce's departure for Europe as allegiance to an Irish emigratory tradition that is centuries old, rather than the abandonment of the old country. Accounts of Joyce's life and work have tended to give rather short shrift to his profound engagements with Irish history and politics. Gibson argues that there have been important reasons for this, themselves often historical and political. Tracing the development of Joyce as a critic and writer, he maps this development to specific political and historical events. Beginning with the political traditions and allegiances that formed part of Joyce's family background, he pinpoints the fall of Parnell, the collapse of political hope, and the transfer of political energies to cultural activity as crucial in the writer's early formation. Joyce's immense renown has been due above all to his reputation as an experimental, modernist writer. His works' open-endedness and seemingly infinite availability to differing interpretations has allowed criticism to constantly update his politics. The book argues that Joyce's most important concerns were historically material and specific. Yet, it also recognises that Joyce himself encouraged and fostered the view of his work as modernist, which became the dominant tradition in Joyce studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861892775
ISBN-10: 1861892772
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 130mm x 13mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Gibson

Andrew Gibson is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Joyce's Revenge: History, Politics and Aesthetics in 'Ulysses' (2002) and co-editor with Joe Kerr of London from Punk to Blair (Reaktion, 2003). Declan Kiberd is Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin.

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