Joyce and the Invention of Irish History
Finnegans Wake in Context
By (author) Thomas C. Hofheinz
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Joyce and the Invention of Irish History by Thomas C. Hofheinz
Book DescriptionThis incisive study of James Joyce's work examines Finnegans Wake as a narrative response to acute problems of historical experience, especially issues of modern Irish identity implicit in historical writing about Ireland. Thomas C. Hofheinz shows how Joyce's narrative simulations of such problems enabled him to form startling linkages between public and private, objective and subjective Irish history. Hofheinz investigates Joyce's illumination of a wide range of issues - social, cultural, familial, psychological - by comparing Finnegans Wake with traditions of modern Irish historicism and historiography, including Ireland's place in the Catholic providential history of Vico's New Science; and he trenchantly challenges cultural-material methods of interpreting Joyce's historical 'subject', countering them with a reader-response philosophy owing much to the hermeneutics of Gadamer, Iser, and Ricoeur.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521471145
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-May-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Thomas C. Hofheinz
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This book examines Joyce's use of historical sources to illuminate prevalent problems central to modern Irish identity.
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