Joyce Beyond Marx brings together 11 essays and a new introduction
by internationally respected Joyce scholar Patrick McGee. While a
number of the pieces have been previously published, McGee has
extensively revised them, integrated them with substantial new
material, and produced a unified collection that examines the
experimental fictions of James Joyce, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake,
from the perspective of cultural materialism.
Offering a critique of the class politics of contemporary Joyce
studies, McGee insists that Joyce's later work be understood in the
context of the general political economy, or conditions of
production, that underlies both Joyce's career and his critical
reputation. He relates debates over pedagogy and the critical
editions of Joyce's works to his situation as a colonial and
postcolonial subject and as a critic of the social, economic, and
ethical values of capitalism.
In his groundbreaking view of Joyce's politics, McGee offers a
new way to understand Joyce's attitude toward violence and social
change and his response to the Irish revolution and civil war. A
final long essay lays out the implicit theory of social and
cultural revolution in the Wake.
While especially valuable to scholars of modern literature and
critical theory, the work also will be important to readers in a
range of fields, including politics, education, psychoanalysis,
feminist and gender theory, ethics, and postcolonial theory.