The essays of this volume show how Joyce’s work engaged with the many upheavals and revolutions within the French nineteenth-century novel and its contexts. They delve into the complexities of this engagement, tracing its twists and turns, and reemerge with fascinating and rich discoveries. The contributors explore Joyce’s explicit and implicit responses to Alexandre Dumas, Honoré de Balzac, Victor Hugo and Émile Zola and, of course, Flaubert. Drawing from the wide range of Joyce’s writings - Dubliners, A Portrait..., Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and his life, letters, and essays - they resituate Joyce’s relation to France, the novel, and the nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Rita Sakr and Finn Fordham: Introduction: Joyce and the ‘pas mal de siècle’
Cóilín Owens: Joyce and Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo and “The Sisters”
Benoit Tadié: Balzacian Ghosts in “The Boarding House”
David Spurr: Joyce and Balzac: Portraits of the Artist in the Age of Industrial Production
Finn Fordham: Hugo’s There!?
Valérie Bénéjam: The Elliptical Adultery of Ulysses: A Flaubertian Recipe for Succès de Scandale
Robert Baines: The Opposite of Despair: St. Anthony meets St. Patrick
Matthew Creasy: Inverted Volumes and Fantastic Libraries: Ulysses and Bouvard et Pécuchet
Scarlett Baron: Radical Intertextuality: From Bouvard et Pécuchet to Finnegans Wake
Paul Jones: Styling Hospitality: Gustave Flaubert and George Moore in James Joyce’s “The Dead”
Rita Sakr: “THAT’S NEW […] THAT’S COPY”: “SLIGHTLY RAMBUNCTIOUS FEMALES” on the top of “SOME COLUMN!” in Zola’s L’Assommoir and Joyce’s Ulysses