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Joyce and the Science of Rhythm

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction:
'If thou but scan it well':Rhythm as Meter in Chamber Music
'the most commonplace conversation'
Rhythm as Gesture in Stephen Hero and Dubliners: Rhythm as Gesture in Stephen Hero and Dubliners
'the curve of an emotion': Rhythm as Tension in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 109
'Acatalectic tetrameter of iambs marching': Rhythm as Movement in Ulysses
Conclusion: Recording Anna Livia Plurabelle

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