James Joyce, Sexuality and Social Purity / Edition 1

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Katherine Mullin offers a detailed account of Joyce's lifelong battle against censorship. She reveals how Joyce responded to Edwardian ideologies of social purity by accentuating the "contentious" or "offensive" elements in such works as Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Dubliners. This important book, based on prodigious archival research, will change the way Joyce is read and offers crucial insights into the sexual politics of Modernism.
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"Mullin demonstrates convincingly that [Joyce's] particular responses could be more wide-ranging, complex and subtle than has been noticed. Mullin's book impresses throughout...Any reader will find new information here, probably on a wide range of topics. This is a book which anyone interested in Joyce and his contexts should read." David G. Wright, University of Auckland, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

"Few readers have so compellingly demonstrated Joyce's complex engagement with and radical critique of the contestatory discourses that shaped his world as Katherine Mullin has proven in James Joyce, Sexuality and Social Purity" - Ellen Carol Jones, James Joyce Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521827515
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2015
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Mullin is Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Her work has appeared in Semicolonial Joyce ed. Derek Attridge and Marjorie Howes (Cambridge, 2000) and in Modernism/ Modernity.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: provoking the puritysnoopers; 1. 'Works which boys couldn't read': reading and regulation in 'An Encounter'; 2. 'Don't cry for me, Argentina': 'Eveline', white slavery and the seductions of propaganda; 3. 'True manliness': policing masculinity in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; 4. Typhoid turnips and crooked cucumbers: theosophical purity in 'Scylla and Charybdis'; 5. Making a spectacle of herself: Gerty MacDowell through the mutoscope; 6. Vice crusading in Nighttown: 'Circe', brothel policing and the pornographies of reform; Afterword; Select bibliography; Index.
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