Description : Thornton takes a fresh look at important psychological and cultural issues in this novel, arguing that although it may be a classic text of literary modernism, it is a fundamentally antimodernist work. This comprehensive and thoughtful book provides readers with a new cultural critique and intellectual history of 'Portrait', which promises to become one of the major discussions of the novel.
Description : In Relations, AnnKatrin Jonsson develops a new understanding of ethics and subjectivity within high modernism. The author analyzes Joyce's Ulysses, Woolf's The Waves, and Barnes's Nightwood as narratives that depict a subject turning towards the other and the world, a movement that seriously questions the sovereignty of the subject as cogito, instead opening up for otherness, excess, and indeterminacy. The author points to convergences between a phenomenological manner of thinking found in modernist literature and the notion of an ethics and an ethical subjectivity, a subject who exists in an inescapable relation with the world. As the novels acknowledge otherness, there is a rebound effect on the narrative, its structure and style; otherness transforms the narrative itself. In this way, Ulysses, The Waves, and Nightwood indicate a desire to escape from a notion of the subject that contains and controls the world and the other. By indicating ways in which new conceptions of ethics are made possible within modernism, the author also shows that there are, within modernism, both literary and philosophical texts whose understanding and representation of subjectivity already express and establish crucial aspects of the discourse on 'ethics' and 'ethical subjectivity' that characterize recent continental philosophy and cultural theory.
Description : "Joyce and Jung" offers a provocatively original chapter-by-chapter analysis of Stephen Dedalus' psychosexual growth in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." The author frames this within the Jungian soul-portrait gallery known as the -four stages of eroticism- in which Eve, Helen, Mary, and Sophia are the soul-portraits of Western civilization, drawing the collective eros into the psychic field to be witnessed as universal spectacle. In James Joyce's twentieth-century classic, Stephen's soul-portraits are the mother, the prostitute, the Virgin Mary, and the Bird-Girl."
Description : James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) has been recognized as a central model for the Spanish American 'New Narrative'. Joyce's linguistic and technical influence became the unequivocal sign that literature in Spanish America had definitively abandoned narrow regionalist concerns and entered a global literary canon. In this bold and wide-ranging study, Jose Luis Venegas rethinks this evolutionary conception of literary history by focusing on the connection between cultural specificity and literary innovation. He argues that the intertextual dialogue between James Joyce and prominent authors such as Argentines Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar, Cuban Guillermo Cabrera Infante, and Mexican Fernando del Paso, reveals the anti-colonial value of modernist form. Venegas explores the historical similarities between Joyce's Ireland during the 1920s and Spanish America between the 1940s and 70s to challenge depoliticized interpretations of modernist aesthetics and propose unsuspected connections between formal experimentation and the cultural transformations demanded by decolonizing societies. Jose Luis Venegas is Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Description : Ulysses is discussed in relation to the history of prose, and individual chapters are given syntactic and prosodic examination to illumine their distinctive linguistic design, revealing Joyce's awareness of linguistic devices derived from other languages and eras.
Description : "Few scholars can approach Ulysses armed with the breadth of knowledge and command of scholarship evident in Thornton's rich and humane reading of the novel. Voices and Values in Joyce's Ulysses is the most important study in many years of the relationship between Joyce's stylistic experiments and the values on which they are based."--Patrick A. McCarthy, University of Miami This book provides a clear, well-substantiated answer to a question that has vexed critics for decades: Why does Joyce employ a different style for each of the last ten episodes of Ulysses? Rejecting the commonly held position that this variety of styles is a reflection of Joyce's linguistic relativism, Weldon Thornton argues that Joyce's intention is to reveal and to highlight the limitations and distortions that these extravagantly disparate styles produce. Thornton further argues that it is in the style of the opening episodes--what Joyce called the "initial style"--that the reader will find the normative voice of the novel, the one Joyce labored mightily to create and which fulfills his underlying purposes in the novel. After grounding his epic in this "initial style," Joyce deploys an encyclopedia of contemporary modes and techniques, exposing how each in its turn inhibits or distorts our experience of the world. In every case, the fulcrum of Joyce's satire is a concern for his characters' (and his readers') fulfillment of their potential to understand what happens in their world. In the "Nausicaa" episode, for example, he reveals the pernicious effects of sentimental romance. In "Sirens" he satirizes the idea that music is the primary art. In "Circe" he demonstrates the distortion of experience that follows from the Freudian expressionistic literary mode. While the primary audience for Voices and Values in Joyce's Ulysses will be teachers, critics, and students concerned with the basic critical issues of this novel, it will also be of great interest to those concerned with the broader issues of modernism and modern literature in general. Weldon Thornton is William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is author of several books, including The Antimodernism of Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1994).
Description : From the Introduction by Declan Kiberd, author of Ulysses and Us: "Francini Bruni, friend to Joyce in Trieste, wrote that 'he only completely admires the unchangeable: the mystery of Christ and the mute drama that surrounds it.' Colum Power, in a study of remarkable patience and rigour, traces Joyce's deep engagement with the more articulate forms which that necessarily mute, often mystical drama has sometimes taken when reduced to the humiliations of language . . . " "I am delighted to learn of this work about Joyce, being one of a relatively small number of Joyce critics who see him as having a very substantial religious sensibility; a topic that I continue to find of great interest and importance." -Weldon Thornton, The Antimodernism of Joyce's Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man "A very important book. I now understand Joyce better. Critiquing Joyce and Joycean critics is always perilous, affording many opportunities to tumble ignominiously from the tightrope of true balanced perspective. This book crosses that abyss with awe-inspiring aplomb! Leaves one almost breathless, the masterful handling of the material." -Joseph Pearce, The Quest for Shakespeare "A wonderful book, I have read it with great pleasure. The author has surely done his homework. The arguments are compelling and expressed with grace and sty≤ an excellent contribution to Joyce studies." -Mary Lowe-Evans, Catholic Nostalgia in Joyce and Company "A book of enormous significance not only for students of Joyce but for our coming to grips as a nation with Irish Catholicism, but it has enormous potential way beyond the special local Irish interest, considering the widespread influence of Joyce on world literature." -Father Vincent Twomey "A work of impressive quality, not only a matter of knowledge and extensive readings of Joyce's critics. The substance and course of the reflection is really interesting... So many of the observations made are absolutely remarkable." -Father Antoine Levy, O.P. Fr. Colum Power, born in Cork, Ireland, in 1965, is a religious missionary priest. He obtained a Master's degree in Anglo-Irish Studies (1st hons.) at University College Dublin in 1991, a Licentiate in the History of Theology (9) at the San Vicente de Ferrer Faculty of Theology in Valencia, Spain, in 2011, and a doctorate in the History of the Church (9.2) at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in 2013.
Description : Presents more than thirty-five of the prolific poet's works, including "Ravenna," "The Ballad of Reading Gaol," and "Le Jardin."