Cultural Margins: Joyce, Race, and Empire Series Number 3

Cultural Margins: Joyce, Race, and Empire Series Number 3

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In this first full-length study of race and colonialism in the works of James Joyce, Vincent J. Cheng argues that Joyce wrote insistently from the perspective of a colonial subject of an oppressive empire, and that Joyce's representations of 'race' in its relationship to imperialism constitute a trenchant and significant political commentary, not only on British imperialism in Ireland, but on colonial discourses and imperial ideologies in general. Exploring the interdisciplinary space afforded by postcolonial theory, minority discourse, and cultural studies, and articulating his own cross-cultural perspective on racial and cultural liminality, Professor Cheng offers a ground-breaking study of the century's most internationally influential fiction writer, and of his suggestive and powerful representations of the cultural dynamics of race, power, and empire.
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  • Hardback | 351 pages
  • 142 x 223 x 23mm | 519g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521431182
  • 9780521431187

Table of contents

Foreword Derek Attridge; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Catching the conscience of a race; Part I. Dubliners: Colonialist Symptomatics: 3. Dubliners: the exoticized and Orientalised other; 4. The gratefully oppressed: Joyce's Dubliners; 5. Empire and patriarchy in The Dead; Part II. Ulysses: Imagining Selves and Nations: 6. Imagining selves; 7. Imagining nations; 8. Imagining futures: nations, narratives, selves; Part III. Finnegan's Wake: 9. White horse, dark horse: Joyce's allhorse of another color; 10. The general and the sepoy: imperialism and power in the Museyroom. 11. Conclusion.
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'Inspired by post-colonial theory, Vincent Cheng's Joyce, Race and Empire argues the case for Joyce's subversion of predominant ideologies of race and ethnicity. The book locates itself as a corrective to a critical legacy that has focussed on Joyce's styles and away from the ideological discussions contained in the Joycean texts.' The Times Literary Supplement 'The argument offered by Cheng is clear, meticulously drawn, painstakingly organised and pedagogically hyper useful.' James Joyce Literary Supplement 'A groundbreaking, often brilliant study with a firm theoretical framework, and a convincing, sustained, articulate argument. Its revisionary attention to familiar texts will prompt us to rethink what we thought we knew.' Studies in Short Fiction "...not only has Vincent Cheng demonstrated the importance of politics to Joyce, he has also demonstrated the importance of Joyce to politics....Professor Cheng shows how Joyce's writing both acknowledges the current potency and the miserable legacy of binary thinking in the politics of race and empire and seeks continually for ways of breaching the oppositional logic upon which such thinking relies." from the Foreword by Derek Attridge
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