Nicholas Miller re-examines memory and its role in modern Irish culture. Asserting that a continuous renegotiation of memory is characteristic of Irish modernist writing, he investigates a series of case-studies in modern Irish historical imagination. He reassesses Ireland's self-construction through external or "foreign" discourses such as the cinema, and proposes new readings of Yeats and Joyce as "counter-memorialists." This original study attracts scholars of Modernism, Irish studies, film and literary theory.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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About the Author
Nick Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Loyola College in Maryland. His scholarship on Joyce has appeared in the James Joyce Quarterly. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction. All history is local: Modernism and the question of memory in a global Ireland; Part I. The Erotics of Memory: 1. Lethal histories: memory-work and the text of the past; 2. A Pisgah sight of history: critical authority and the promise of memory; 3. A reservation under the name of Joyce: Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia and the symptom; Part II. The Spectacles of History: 4. The birth of a nation: Irish nationalism and the technology of memory, 1891-1921; 5. Fighting the waves: Yeats, Cuchulain and the lethal histories of 'Romantic Ireland'; 6. Joyce's erotics of memory: temporal anamorphosis in Finnegans Wake; Afterword. The ends of memory and the ex-sistence of Ireland.