Joyces Revenge: History, Politics, and Aesthetics in Ulysses

Paperback | January 20, 2005

byAndrew Gibson

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The Ireland of Ulysses was still a part of Britain. This book is the first comprehensive, historical study of Joyce's great novel in the context of Anglo-Irish political and cultural relations in the period 1880-1920. The first forty years of Joyce's life also witnessed the emergence of whathistorians now call English cultural nationalism. This formation was perceptible in a wide range of different discourses. Ulysses engages with many of them. In doing so, it resists, transforms, and works to transcend the effects of British rule in Ireland. The novel was written in the years leadingup to Irish independence. It is powered by both a will to freedom and a will to justice. But the two do not always coincide, and Joyce does not place his art in the service of any existing political cause. His struggle for independence has its own distinctive mode. The result is a unique work ofliberation - and revenge.

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The Ireland of Ulysses was still a part of Britain. This book is the first comprehensive, historical study of Joyce's great novel in the context of Anglo-Irish political and cultural relations in the period 1880-1920. The first forty years of Joyce's life also witnessed the emergence of whathistorians now call English cultural national...

Andrew Gibson is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:January 20, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019928203X

ISBN - 13:9780199282036

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Table of Contents

1. Patiens Ingemiscit: Stephen Dedalus, Ireland, and History2. Only A Foreigner Would Do: Leopold Bloom, Ireland, and Jews3. Gentle Will is Being Roughly Handled: 'Scylla and Charybdis'4. A Look Around: 'Wandering Rocks'5. History, All That: 'Sirens', 'Cyclops'6. Waking Up in Ireland: 'Nausicaa'7. An Irish Bull in an English Chinashop: 'Oxen of the Sun'8. Strangers in My House, Bad Manners to Them!: 'Circe'9. Mingle Mangle or Gallimaufry: 'Eumaeus'10. An Aberration of the Light of Reason: 'Ithaca'11. The End of All Resistance: 'Penenlope'

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`Joyce's Revenge makes a significant and distinctive contribution to Joyce studies, and it deserves a wide readership. The author is impressively well read in English and Irish cultural history, and the book identifies and explores an aspect of this history about which most Joyceans, perhaps,know less than they might. Among the books on Joyce I've studied recently this is perhaps the most absorbing read, cover to cover, of all of them.'Timothy Martin, James Joyce Literary Supplement