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Joyce and the Science of Rhythm
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Joyce and the Science of Rhythm

by W. Martin
 

Joyce and the Science of Rhythm situates the modernist writings of James Joyce within the context of the scientific discourse on rhythm that emerged in the late nineteenth century. Drawing on the acoustic theory of Hermann von Helmholtz, the "physiological psychology" of Wilhelm Wundt, the "rhythmic" philosophy of Herbert Spencer, and rhetorical manuals of the era,

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Joyce and the Science of Rhythm situates the modernist writings of James Joyce within the context of the scientific discourse on rhythm that emerged in the late nineteenth century. Drawing on the acoustic theory of Hermann von Helmholtz, the "physiological psychology" of Wilhelm Wundt, the "rhythmic" philosophy of Herbert Spencer, and rhetorical manuals of the era, each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of rhythm, including the meters of Chamber Music, the dialogues of Dubliners, the narrative "tension" of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and the periodic movements of city in Ulysses. Concluding with an analysis of Joyce recording the Finnegans Wake, this book will interest those working in the fields of Joyce studies, Irish studies, prosody, and literary modernism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137275479
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature Series
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

William Martin is the inaugural Irish Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Otago.

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