Joyce's Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, And Memory by Luke GibbonsJoyce's Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, And Memory by Luke Gibbons

Joyce's Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, And Memory

byLuke Gibbons

Paperback | October 2, 2017

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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.
Luke Gibbons is professor of Irish literary and cultural studies at Maynooth University, Ireland, and the author of several books.
Title:Joyce's Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism, And MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.71 inPublished:October 2, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022652695X

ISBN - 13:9780226526959


Table of Contents

List of Figures
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


Editorial Reviews

“Iconology, the history of ideas, philological detail—all are called upon to yield unique and unexpected insights in Gibbons’s excellent book. It is truly a mark of Joyce’s inexhaustibility that all kinds of new studies are still reinventing him for us; but the range of Gibbons’s approaches and the wealth of learning made available to us here are surely incomparable and offer us a Joyce both unfamiliar and indispensable.”