Joyce's Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, And Memory

Hardcover | November 13, 2015

byLuke Gibbons

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For decades, James Joyce’s modernism has overshadowed his Irishness, as his self-imposed exile and association with the high modernism of Europe’s urban centers has led critics to see him almost exclusively as a cosmopolitan figure.

In Joyce’s Ghosts, Luke Gibbons mounts a powerful argument that this view is mistaken: Joyce’s Irishness is intrinsic to his modernism, informing his most distinctive literary experiments. Ireland, Gibbons shows, is not just a source of subject matter or content for Joyce, but of form itself. Joyce’s stylistic innovations can be traced at least as much to the tragedies of Irish history as to the shock of European modernity, as he explores the incomplete project of inner life under colonialism. Joyce’s language, Gibbons reveals, is haunted by ghosts, less concerned with the stream of consciousness than with a vernacular interior dialogue, the “shout in the street,” that gives room to outside voices and shadowy presences, the disruptions of a late colonial culture in crisis.

Showing us how memory under modernism breaks free of the nightmare of history, and how in doing so it gives birth to new forms, Gibbons forces us to think anew about Joyce’s achievement and its foundations.

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For decades, James Joyce’s modernism has overshadowed his Irishness, as his self-imposed exile and association with the high modernism of Europe’s urban centers has led critics to see him almost exclusively as a cosmopolitan figure. In Joyce’s Ghosts, Luke Gibbons mounts a powerful argument that this view is mistaken: Joyce’s Irishness...

Luke Gibbons is professor of Irish literary and cultural studies at Maynooth University, Ireland, and the author of several books.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 13, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022623617X

ISBN - 13:9780226236179

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: “A Ghost by Absence”

1 Text and the City: Dublin, Cultural Intimacy, and Modernity
2 “Shouts in the Street”: Inner Speech, Self, and the City
3 “He Says No, Your Worship”: Joyce, Free Indirect Discourse, and Vernacular Modernism
4 “Ghostly Light”: Visualizing the Voice in James Joyce’s and John Huston’s “The Dead”
5 “Pale Phantoms of Desire”: Subjectivity, Spectral Memory, and Irish Modernity
6 “Spaces of Time through Times of Space”: Haunting the “Wandering Rocks”
7 “Famished Ghosts”: Bloom, Bible Wars, and “U.P. UP” in Joyce’s Dublin
8 “Haunting Face”: Spectral Premonitions and the Memory of the Dead

Notes
Index

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“Gibbons is admirably sure-footed in traversing the linguistic byways of Irish modernism. Joyce’s Ghosts conveys the knowledge and insight of a native informant with a lively wit that is sure to appeal to every persuasion and rank of Joyceans.”