Joyce, Race and Finnegans Wake by Len PlattJoyce, Race and Finnegans Wake by Len Platt

Joyce, Race and Finnegans Wake

byLen Platt

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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Len Platt charts a fresh approach through one of the great masterpieces of twentieth-century literature. Using original archival research and detailed close readings, he outlines Joyce's literary response to the racial discourse of twentieth-century politics. Platt's account is the first to position Finnegans Wake in precise historical conditions and to explore Joyce's engagement with European fascism. Race, Platt claims, is a central theme for Joyce, both in terms of the colonial and post-colonial conflicts between the Irish and the British, and in terms of its use by the extreme right. It is in this context that Joyce's engagement with race, while certainly a product of colonial relations, also figures as a wider disputation with rationalism, capitalism and modernity.
Title:Joyce, Race and Finnegans WakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521120349

ISBN - 13:9780521120340


Table of Contents

1. Joyce and race: introductory; 2. 'No such race': Finnegans Wake and the Aryan myth; 3. Celt, Aryan and Teuton; 4. 'Our darling breed': the Wake and social Darwinism; 5. Atlanta-Arya: theosophy, race and the Wake; 6. 'Hung Chung Egglyfella': staged race in Ulysses and the Wake; 7. 'And the prankquean pulled a rosy one': filth, Fascism and the family; 8. Race and reading: a conclusion; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Platt carves out a fascinating new area of enquiry, and in so doing offers an excitingly fresh 'European reading of the Wake' ... Platt's illuminating study is full of fascinating insights regarding the nature of Joyce's engagement with contemporary political matters. ... Joyce, Race and Finnegans Wake offers a valuable new reading of a largely uncharted area of Joyce's last work.' Review of English Studies