The Body in the Text

The Body in the Text : James Joyce's "Ulysses" and the Modern Greek Novel

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The Body in the Text highlights the importance of the body in language and narrative and its impact on meaning and signification. Evi Voyiatzaki's insightful work reveals the highly metaphoric and symbolic texture of James Joyce's Ulysses, which, the author contends, resembles the organization of a living organism. The book examines how the living meaning of the word in Joyce's texts has inspired the work of three avant-garde Greek writers: Nikos Gavrlil Pentzikis, Stelios Xefloudas, and Giorgos Cheimonas. A valuable comparison between Joyce's work and modern Greek literature, The Body in the Text's comparative exploration of the body's functions within literary discourse offers new insight into language's metaphoricity and the physiology of writing.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739103571
  • 9780739103579

About Evi Voyiatzaki

Evi Voyiatzaki received her Ph.D. in English, Modern Greek, and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Historical Context: Greek Literature in the Nineteen Thirties and the Demand for Innovation Chapter 2 The Joycean Paradigm Chapter 3 Stelios Xefloudas (1902-1985) Chapter 4 Nikos Gavrlil Pentzikis (1908-1993) Chapter 5 Giorgos Cheimonas (1938-2000) Chapter 6 Concluding Remarks Chapter 7 Appendix: The Gilbert and Linati Schematashow more

Review quote

Positioned in opposition to reductionist practices, such as the mechanical application of analytical models, the restatement of other scholars? arguments, or the lack of interpretive range in terminology and bibliography, this study is the product of serious meta-theoretical problematization. It takes the reader to a new cycle of thinking on a timely question: with what terms could contemporary comparative literary studies, at the crucial moment of the dialogue with literary theory, turn towards the prospect of producing original critical thought??? Recherche Litteraire / Literary Research The Body in the Text provides a unique comparison between James Joyce's work and modern Greek literature... It is difficult to imagine that in the foreseeable future another similar piece of work would arise that would challenge Voyiatzaki's research. -- Michael Tsianikas, Flinders University Positioned in opposition to reductionist practices, such as the mechanical application of analytical models, the restatement of other scholars' arguments, or the lack of interpretive range in terminology and bibliography, this study is the product of serious meta-theoretical problematization. It takes the reader to a new cycle of thinking on a timely question: with what terms could contemporary comparative literary studies, at the crucial moment of the dialogue with literary theory, turn towards the prospect of producing original critical thought? Recherche Litteraire / Literary Researchshow more