Rethinking Joyce's Dubliners by Claire A. CulletonRethinking Joyce's Dubliners by Claire A. Culleton

Rethinking Joyce's Dubliners

byClaire A. CulletonEditorEllen Scheible

Hardcover | February 6, 2017

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This collection of essays is a critical reexamination of Joyce's famed book of short stories, Dubliners. Despite the multifaceted critical attention Dubliners has received since its publication more than a century ago, many readers and teachers of the stories still rely on and embrace old, outdated readings that invoke metaphors of paralysis and stagnation to understand the book. Challenging these canonical notions about mobility, paralysis, identity, and gender in Joyce's work, the ten essays here suggest that Dubliners is full of incredible movement. By embracing this paradigm shift, current and future scholars can open themselves up to the possibility of seeing that movement, maybe even noticing it for the first time, can yield surprisingly fresh twenty-first-century readings. 

Claire A. Culleton is Professor of English at Kent State University, USA. Her books includeNames and Naming in Joyce; Working-Class Culture, Women, and Britain, 1914-1921;andJoyce and the G-Men: J. Edgar Hoover's Manipulation of Modernism.She has also collaborated on two co-edited collections,Modernism on File: Writers, Artists, and th...
Title:Rethinking Joyce's DublinersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:226 pagesPublished:February 6, 2017Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction. RethinkingDubliners: A Case for What Happens in Joyce's Stories by Claire A. Culleton and Ellen Scheible 

Chapter 2. "The thin end of the wedge": How Things Start inDubliners by Claire A. Culleton     

Chapter 3. "No There There": Place, Absence, and Negativity in "A Painful Case''

                by Margot Norris 

Chapter 4. A "Sensation of Freedom" and the Rejection of Possibility inDublinersProject

                by Jasmine Mulliken 

Chapter 6.  Joyce's Mirror Stages and "The Dead"

                by Ellen Scheible

Chapter 7.  Joyce's Blinders: an Urban Ecocritical Study ofDublinersand More

                by Joseph P. Kelly              

Chapter 8. Counterpart's Clashing Cultures: Navigating Among Print, Printing, and Oral Narratives in Turn of the Century Dublin

                by Miriam O'Kane Mara

Chapter 9. Intermental Epiphanies: RethinkingDublinerswith Cognitive Psychology

                by Martin Brick   

Chapter 10. From "spiritual paralysis" to "spiritual liberation": Joyce's Samaritan "Grace"

                by Jack Dudley  

Chapter 11. Men in Slow Motion: Male Gesture in "Two Gallants"

                by Enda Duffy  



Editorial Reviews

"It has been a staple of Dubliners criticism that Joyce's stories are all about moral paralysis, personal emptiness, and social enervation. But, as this new and dazzling collection suggests, Dubliners stories are alive with movement, and are poised on the brink of the social upheavals that would soon change Ireland irrevocably. In them, the contradictions of nation, politics, domesticity, sexuality, and gender are not paralysing but explosive." (Tony Thwaites, The University of Queensland, Australia, and author of "Joycean Temporalities: Debts, Promises, and Countersignatures")"As part of the rethinking of Easter 1916 occasioned by its centenary observations, this fine collection finds evidence of what was rising historically amid the paralysis that has been so exhaustively studied in Dubliners. Readers confront the tension between inaction and action, the significance of geographies traversed, and the availability of gesture and expression amid transitioning patriarchal, hetero-normative, colonial, and religious forces." (Bonnie Kime Scott, Professor Emerita, San Diego State University, USA, and the University of Delaware, USA, and author of "Joyce and Feminism and New Alliances in Joyce Studies")"After over one hundred years of scholarship, Dubliners criticism has tended to become overly set in its ways. Rethinking "Dubliners" sets out wary of this problem and is determined not to yield to the influence of established stock readings. We have here a set of ten excellent, fresh essays, contributed by eminent Joyceans, treating a variety of issues with originality and vitality." (John Matthew Morgan, author of "Joyce's City: History, Politics, and Life in Dubliners")