Modernism's Body

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In this provocative study, distinguished scholar Christine Froula argues that James Joyce used his artist-figures' suffering, transgressions, resistance, masquerade, parody, creativity, and play to turn the perversity often laid at his door into a daring critique of his culture. A departure from earlier feminist views of Joyce as misogynist, patriarchal, masochistic, or an inventor of ecriture feminine, Modernism's Body allies Joyce's arduous effort to translate his culture's unconscious knowledge into consciousness and conscience with the revolutionary energies of feminism and psychoanalysis. Froula contends that Joyce retrieves from repression certain psychodynamics of masculinity that Freud and Lacan leave buried - particularly the profound and far-reaching effects of the son's early identification with the mother. Rethinking Lacan's view of Joyce as a cultural "symptom," she shows how Joyce fashions deliberately symptomatic performances of himself as Daedalus, Adam and Eve, the Virgin Mary, Shakespeare, Penelope, and other Western icons and parlays them into a powerful diagnosis of social and cultural institutions.
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Argues that James Joyce uses the figure of the artist to transform the perversity he is often accused of into a critique of the culture he both embodies and resists. Especially focuses on the authority wielded over sexuality and gender not only by the church, state, and socioeconomic marriage system, but also by the psychosexual underworld of phantasmic mother/whores, and the symbolic estate of arts and letters. Finds in his three best known novels initiation, quest, and origin myth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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  • ISBN-13: 9780231104425
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Beyond Genesis: Portraits of the Artist as His Culture 1
1 Symbolic Wombs: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young WoMan 33
2 Plot and Perversity: Ulysses or "His Whore of a Mother" 87
3 Past Eve and Adam's: Revolution and Return in Finnegans Wake 199
Afterword 251
Notes 259
Index 305
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