Violence, Narrative and Myth in Joyce and Yeats: Subjective Identity and Anarcho-Syndicalist…

Hardcover | December 24, 2012

byTudor Balinisteanu

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Arguing that art is a form of social praxis, this book examines the capitalist ethos of serial reproduction of objects as one that also produces individuals as serial types. Art as praxis makes possible the reconstruction of one's identity and material environment as irreproducible, unique, and original art texts. Art becomes the tool of a creative process that has both material and spiritual dimensions. In recreating the self and the world as aesthetically unique, original and irreproducible, art challenges the capitalist ethos of reproduction that leads to routine, dissatisfaction and alienation.This theory is rooted in the anarchist intellectual tradition, especially Georges Sorel's conceptualisation of the relations between art, violence and social myth, in which workers are regarded as artisans, artists and activists. Balinisteanu illustrates this through analyses of the ways in which James Joyce and W. B. Yeats, along with key modernist writers and philosophers, facilitated the reconstruction of the social self and social-material reality in a process where political action also became an action of aesthetic creation.

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Arguing that art is a form of social praxis, this book examines the capitalist ethos of serial reproduction of objects as one that also produces individuals as serial types. Art as praxis makes possible the reconstruction of one's identity and material environment as irreproducible, unique, and original art texts. Art becomes the tool ...

TUDOR BALINISTEANU is an independent scholar and completed his PhD in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, where he taught in the Department of English Literature and in the Comparative Literature Programme. He is the author of Narrative, Social Myth and Reality in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Women's Writing (2009) and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10.2 × 5.69 × 0.94 inPublished:December 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230290957

ISBN - 13:9780230290952

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Yeats's Revolving Gyres: A Metaphorical Language for the Modern Experience of Anarchism, Syndicalism, and Political Aesthetics
Social Myth, Material Reality, and the Aesthetico-Ideological Functions of Art
The Political Aesthetic of Yeats's Myth in Anarchist and Syndicalist Contexts
Social Myth, Literary Narrative, and Political Aesthetics
Social Myth and James Joyce's Political Aesthetic
Social and Anti-social Aesthetic Drives in Joyce, Yeats, and Sorel
W.B. Yeats, Social Myth, and Monoglossia
James Joyce, Social Myth, and Heteroglossia
Heteroglossic Desubjection and Monoglossic Subjection in Joyce, Yeats, and Sorel: Social Myth, Anarchy, and Syndicalism
Modernism, Myth, Violence, and Social Change
Modernist Art, Politics, and Social Change: A Sorelian Perspective
Modernism, Narrative, and Violence
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography