This title, first published in 1990, offers a feminist and psychoanalytic reassessment of the Joycean canon in the wake of Freud, Lacan, and Kristeva. The author centres her discussion of Ulysses, Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist, Finnegans Wake, and Exiles around questions of desire and language and the politics of sexual difference.
Suzette Henke’s radical "re-vision" of Joyce’s work is a striking example of the crucial role feminist theory can play in contemporary evaluation of canonical texts. As such it will be welcomed by feminists and students of literature alike.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: Defusing the Patriarchal Can(n)on; 1. Through a Cracked Looking-Glass: Desire and Frustration in Dubliners 2. Stephen Dedalus and Women: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Narcissist 3. Interpreting Exiles: The Aesthetics of Unconsummated Desire 4. Uncoupling Ulysses: Joyce’s New Womanly Man 5. Molly Bloom: The Woman’s Story 6. Reading Finnegans Wake: The Feminiairity which Breathes Content; Ricorso: Anna Livia Plurabelle and Ecriture Feminine; Notes; Bibliography; Index