James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Figures
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In his youth, James Joyce became fixated on newspapers and newspaper scandals, which in turn inspired his own notoriously scandalous writings.1 This inspiration is obvious; even first-time readers will usually note some of the ways in which Joyce’s work is infused with...
Chapter 1: Unorthodox Methods in the Home Rule Newspaper Wars
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Most of the previous scholarship on the New Journalism to which James Joyce so objected has focused on the London press, suggesting at least tacitly that the British New Journalism arose in isolation, the brainchild of a few well-positioned English newspapermen.1 As ...
Chapter 2: Investigative, Fabricated, and Self-Incriminating Scandal Work
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As outlined in the previous chapter, nineteenth-century changes in British libel law allowed for the emergence of sex scandal as a potent political weapon, a development in many ways fundamental to what has been termed the New Journalism. The Dublin Castle scandal and its attendant fallout unsettled established relations between libel law ...
Chapter 3: James Joyce’s Early Scandal Work
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In both his personal correspondence and his published writing, James Joyce, like many high modernists, deplored the artistically standardizing effects imposed by Britain’s commercialized print culture. Owing at least in part to his position as a déclassé, urban, Irish-Catholic outsider, Joyce found the political and aesthetic constraints ...
Chapter 4: Reinventing the Scandal Fragment
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Although the figure of Oscar Wilde may not frame all of Ulysses in the same fashion Parnell frames Portrait of the Artist,1 his appearance in the early pages of the novel signals the central role that Wilde, as artist and as symbol, will play in this, Joyce’s most extended critique of scandal. In the opening episode, “Telemachus,” Joyce’s artistic alter ...
Chapter 5: The Protracted Labor of the New Journalist Sex Scandal
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In the episodes that follow “Telemachus,” Stephen labors to create an artistic path that neither hides his own dissenting, deviant private life behind a wall of placating, conformist writing nor lays it open to the scandal machinery that was tearing apart so many others who sought...
Chapter 6: James Joyce’s Self-Protective Self-Exposure
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In Part II of Ulysses, Joyce continues to both portray and deploy ambiguous self-exposure as a strategy for flying by scandal’s nets. Whereas in the Telemachiad Joyce had incriminated his younger self by proxy in the person of Stephen, in the following episodes he introduces a second alter ego, Leopold Bloom, a modern Odysseus who...
Chapter 7: (Re)Fusing Sentimentalism and Scandal
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In “Scylla and Charybdis” and several of the following episodes of Ulysses, Joyce continues to employ the artistic strategy Stephen has just discovered: using ambiguous self-exposure to chart his own path through a literary landscape whose borders have been redrawn by the conventions of the New Journalism. In this episode, Stephen must...
Chapter 8: Dublin’s Tabloid Unconscious
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In “Circe,” Ulysses’s famous one-hundred-and-fifty-page tour de force, Joyce transposes Odysseus’s quest to rescue his men, whom the temptress Circe has drugged and turned into swine, into Leopold Bloom’s epic journey through Dublin’s Nighttown, where he will ultimately ...
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Although Deasy, the unionist, has more success than either Mulligan or Haines, the bourgeois cultural nationalists, in tangibly subordinating Stephen Dedalus, he ultimately fails to retain his services. In an exchange that recasts Deasy as the disesteemed jester in the court...
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Page Count: 296
Illustrations: 8 halftones
Publication Year: 2013