Joyce Effects

Joyce Effects : On Language, Theory, and History

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Joyce Effects is a series of connected essays by one of today's leading commentators on James Joyce. Joyce's books, Derek Attridge argues, go off like fireworks, and one of this book's aims is to enhance the reader's enjoyment of these special effects. He also examines another sort of effect: the way Joyce's writing challenges and transforms our understanding of language, literature, and history. Attridge's exploration of these transforming effects represents fifteen years of close engagement with Joyce, and reflects the changing course of Joyce criticism during this period. Each of Joyce's four major books is addressed in depth, while several shorter chapters take up particular theoretical topics such as character, chance and coincidence, historical writing and narrative as they are staged and scrutinized in Joyce's writing. Through lively and accessible discussion, this book advances a mode of reading open to both the pleasures and the surprises of the literary work.
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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 15mm | 327g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521777887
  • 9780521777889
  • 1,915,878

Table of contents

1. Introduction: on being a Joycean; 2. Deconstructive criticism of Joyce; 3. Popular Joyce?; 4. Touching 'Clay': Reference and reality in Dubliners; 5. Joyce and the ideology of character; 6. 'Suck was a queer word': Language, sex, and the remainder in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; 7. Joyce, Jameson, and the text of history; 8. Wakean history: not yet; 9. Molly's flow: the writing of 'Penelope' and the question of women's language; 10. The postmodernity of Joyce: chance, coincidence, and the reader; 11. Countlessness of live-stories: narrativity in Finnegan's Wake; 12. Finnegans awake, or the dream of interpretation; 13. The Wake's confounded language; 14. Envoi; Judging Joyce.
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' ... any collection of essays from such a popular and respected Joycean mandarin as Attridge would be welcome ... The selection here artfully balances abstract argument with refreshing contemporary exercises in close reading ... Essays have all the hallmarks of the experienced critic and scholar in their confident ability to couch serious, sophisticated, and regularly challenging ideas in the most limpidly accessible English prose ...'. James Joyce Literary Supplement "any collection of essays from such a popular and respected Joycean mandarin as Attridge would be welcome...The selection here artfully balances abstract argument with refreshing contemporary exercises in close reading...Essays have all the hallmarks of the experienced critic and scholar in their confident ability to couch serious, sophisticated, and regularly challenging ideas in the most limpidly accessible English prose..." James Joyce Literary Supplement
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