James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedaluss Nightmare

Hardcover | May 1, 1995

byRobert Spoo

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"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Stephen Dedalus's famous complaint articulates a characteristic modern attitude toward the perceived burden of the past. As Robert Spoo shows in this study, Joyce's creative achievement, from the time of his sojourn in Rome in 1906-07to the completion of Ulysses in 1922, cannot be understood apart from the ferment of historical thought that dominated the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tracing James Joyce's historiographic art to its formative contexts, Spoo reveals a modernist author passionately engaged with theproblem of history, forging a new language that both dramatizes and redefines that problem.

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"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Stephen Dedalus's famous complaint articulates a characteristic modern attitude toward the perceived burden of the past. As Robert Spoo shows in this study, Joyce's creative achievement, from the time of his sojourn in Rome in 1906-07to the completion of Ulysses in 1922, cannot ...

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"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake". Stephen Dedalus's famous words articulate the modern complaint concerning the burden of the past. In James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus's Nightmare, Robert Spoo argues that Joyce's creative achievement, from the time of his sojourn in Rome in 1906-07 to the complet...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.69 × 6.46 × 0.75 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"Spoo has written an intellectually sophisticated, and in places brilliant book. It maintains a high level of critical poise, shedding fresh light upon the structural and stylistic contours of Joyce's work....And it offers many original and carefully developed analyses of particularpassages."--James Joyce Literary Supplement