Fragments of the Feminine Sublime in Friedrich Schlegel and James Joyce

Fragments of the Feminine Sublime in Friedrich Schlegel and James Joyce

by Ginette Verstraete
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791436276

ISBN-13: 9780791436271

Pub. Date: 01/01/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Traces the early German Romantic origins of Joyce's modern and postmodern innovation of the novel.

This is the first book to extensively study Joyce's work in the context of Germanic Romantic literary theory. It illustrates how Joyce's modern and postmodern innovation of the novel finds its theoretical roots in Friedrich Schlegel's conception of the

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Traces the early German Romantic origins of Joyce's modern and postmodern innovation of the novel.

This is the first book to extensively study Joyce's work in the context of Germanic Romantic literary theory. It illustrates how Joyce's modern and postmodern innovation of the novel finds its theoretical roots in Friedrich Schlegel's conception of the Romantic, fragmentary novel. Verstraete discusses the relevance of Schlegel's early Romanticism to the young Joyce's essays on symbolic-realistic drama and argues that what has traditionally been described as Joyce's personal appropriation of Hegel's dialectics can better be understood in terms of Schlegel's ironic approach to philosophy. She relates Schlegel's concepts of irony and of the fragment to his feminist critique of nineteenth-century bourgeois art, and of Kant's categories of the beautiful and the sublime. She argues that Schlegel's ironization of the sublime yields a rhetorical subversion of the opposition between male artist and female model, art and reality, as well as between the sublime and the beautiful. Verstraete illustrates this critical and political force of what she calls the "feminine sublime" at work in Schlegel's essays on Greek comedy and in his novel Lucinde. The book demonstrates how the Romantic (feminine) sublime, as the site where autonomous art generates its own critique, offers us the tools with which to interpret Joyce's postmodern innovations of Romantic art.

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ISBN-13:
9780791436271
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
SUNY series on the Sublime Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Friedrich Schlegel's Theory of the Fragment

2. A History of the Sublime

3. Gender and Genre in Aristophanes

4. The Romantic Novel: Lucinde

5. From Addressing to Cross-Dressing: Some Afterthoughts on Lucinde

6. Joyce's Drama and the Conflicts of Realism

7. The Gender Politics of Joyce's Theory and Practice of Drama

8. "From the Sublime to the Ridiculous Is But a Step"

9. Medicine, Midwifery, and the Making of Childbirth: Horne's "Sublime Porte" in Ulysses

10. In the Wake of Criticism

Conclusion

Notes

List of Works Cited

Index

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