James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus's Nightmare

James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus's Nightmare

by Robert E. Spoo, Robert Spoo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195087496

ISBN-13: 9780195087499

Pub. Date: 09/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Stephen Dedalus's famous complaint articulates a characteristic modern attitude toward the perceived burden of the past. As Robert Spoo shows in this study, Joyce's creative achievement, from the time of his sojourn in Rome in 1906-07 to the completion of Ulysses in 1922, cannot be understood apart

Overview

"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Stephen Dedalus's famous complaint articulates a characteristic modern attitude toward the perceived burden of the past. As Robert Spoo shows in this study, Joyce's creative achievement, from the time of his sojourn in Rome in 1906-07 to the completion of Ulysses in 1922, cannot be understood apart from the ferment of historical thought that dominated the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tracing James Joyce's historiographic art to its formative contexts, Spoo reveals a modernist author passionately engaged with the problem of history, forging a new language that both dramatizes and redefines that problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195087499
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1640L (what's this?)

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