Publication Year: 2013
Revival, reinvention, and regeneration: the concept of renascence pervades Joyce’s work through the inescapable presence of his literary forebears. By persistently reexamining tradition, reinterpreting his literary heritage in light of the present, and translating and re-translating from one system of signs to another, Joyce exhibits the spirit of the greatest of Renaissance writers and artists.
In fact, his writing derives some of its most important characteristics from Renaissance authors, as this collection of essays shows. Though critical work has often focused on Joyce's relationship to medieval thinkers like Thomas Aquinas and Dante, Renascent Joyce examines Joyce's connection to the Renaissance in such figures as Shakespeare, Rabelais, and Bruno.
Joyce's own writing can itself be viewed through the rubric of renascence with the tools of genetic criticism and the many insights afforded by the translation process. Several essays in this volume examine this broader idea, investigating the rebirth and reinterpretation of Joyce's texts. Topics include literary historiography, Joyce's early twentieth-century French cultural contexts, and the French translation of Ulysses. Attentive to the current state of Joyce studies, the writers of these extensively researched essays investigate the Renaissance spirit in Joyce to offer a volume at once historically informed and innovative.
Published by: University Press of Florida
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In their admirable introduction to this volume, Messrs. Ferrer, Slote, and Topia lay out the broadest definition of Renaissance writing âimmarginableâ for the enterprise at hand. As the essays progress, the question becomes one of writing across periods: how the modern engages with the Renaissance, ...
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Reading Joyce through the lens of the Renaissance may appear to be a paradox, considering his deep affinities with the medieval. Joyce himself often characterized his work as medieval, and in a discussion with Arthur Power he championed the âemotional fecundityâ of the Middle Ages (Power 110), adding: ...
1. âAnother victory like that and we are done forâ: Return and Repression of a Greek Spirit in Modernism
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The term âRenaissanceâ is commonly understood to mean the renaissance of Hellenism. But the possibility of bringing back the spirit of a period presupposes a preliminary work of periodization, a process of cutting up, of incision and extraction. And to achieve this end, it is necessary, in turn, to minimize, ...
2. Textual Atomism in Finnegans Wake
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Giordano Bruno of Nola is mentioned over a hundred times in Finnegans Wake, under various denominations: âNolanâ (50.05), âFather San Browneâ (50.18), âPadre Don Brunoâ (50.19), âFratomistor Nawlanmore and Brawneâ (50.22), âOâBreenâ (56.32), âNolans Brumansâ (93.01), âbrulobruloâ (117.12), ...
3. James Joyce and Giordano Bruno: An âImmarginableâ and Interdisciplinary Dialogue
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Joyceâs interdisciplinary and âintermedialâ method famously relies on a mixture of literary genres and kinds of narratives, as well as on a concoction of techniques derived from various artistic disciplines, such as painting, sculpture, music, and cinema. As in Ulysses, where a different art or discourse was used to shape each chapter, ...
4. The Dream and the Wake: An Alchemy of Words and Scenes in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and Finnegans Wake
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James Joyceâs interest in FranÃ§ois Rabelais is well documented. But in his 1959 study of Joyceâs sources, The Books at the Wake, James Atherton makes no mention of one of Rabelaisâ own principal sources of inspiration, the 1499 erotic dream novel, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.1 ...
5. âAs Great Shapesphere puns itâ: The Name Game in Shakespeare and Joyce
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Thanks to Vincent Chengâs Shakespeare and Joyce: A Study of âFinnegans Wakeâ (1984) as well as to Adeline Glasheenâs remark that âShakespeare (man, works) is the matrix of FWâ and that âFW is about Shakespeareâ (260), the readerâs vague feeling that Shakespeare and his oeuvre lie at the core of the proliferating text ...
6. âMarked you that?â: Stephen Dedalus, Pierrot
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Citing the now phantom Hamlet lectures, Joyce incorporated his expounding of Shakespeare to docile Trieste into the fragments of Giacomo Joyce: âHamlet, quoth I, who is most courteous to gentle and simple is rude only to Polonius. Perhaps, an embittered idealist, he can see in the parents of his beloved only grotesque attempts ...
7. The Ass Dreams of Shaunâs Bottomless Heart: Shakespeare and the Dream-Work in Finnegans Wake 403â407
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As Book III of Finnegans Wake begins, it is midnight and the atmosphere of Joyceâs narrative is especially somnolent: âHark! . . . Pedwar pemp foify tray (it must be) twelve. And low stole oâer the stillness the heartbeats of sleepâ (FW 403.1â5). We soon hear the voice of a dreamer, one who seems to be a protagonist in the dream of another, ...
8. âThe Imprevidibility of the Futureâ: On Joycean Prophecy
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More than fifty years ago, Richard Ellmann characterized Joyceâs relationship to his readers and scholars as one of enduring untimeliness: âWe are still learning to be James Joyceâs contemporaries, to understand our interpreterâ (JJ 1). Ellmannâs was a Joyce so advanced as to have outrun not only his own contemporaries ...
9. Scribbling into Eternity: Paris, Proust, âProteusâ
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âWonât | you come | to San- | dymount, | Ma | deline | the mare?â (U 3.21â22). These catalectic âiambs marchingâ sound in poet Stephen Dedalusâs mind as his own jambs march the strand in âProteus.â1 Gifford and Seidman gloss this floating apostrophe, this idle-seeming invitation qua prosodic example, ...
10. Joyceâs Hand in the First French Translation of Ulysses
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Since it was published in 1929, seven years after the launch of the famous original, French readers of Ulysse have been familiar with credits on the cover of the first French translation: âTraduit de lâanglais par M. Auguste Morel, assistÃ© par M. Stuart Gilbert. Traduction entiÃ¨rement revue par M. Valery Larbaud avec la collaboration ...
11. Joyceâs Dictionnaire des Idiotismes ReÃ§us: Comparing the 1929 and 2004 Translations of âEumaeusâ
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Itâs a paradox well known in translation studies that translations date quickly, every generation or so, while originals only age, and very slowly, often becoming better with their years. AndrÃ© Topia asks why we have this âdouble standard.â If the colloquial language in a translation of Ulysses irritates us with its eighty-year-old idioms, ...
List of Contributors
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Philippe Birgy is a professor with the university of Toulouse-Le-Mirail, France, where he teaches twentieth-century literature at the department of English. He is the author of Une terrible beautÃ©: Les modernistes anglais Ã lâÃ©preuve de la critique girardienne, an application of RenÃ© Girardâs anthropological method to the works of Eliot, Joyce, Pound, and Woolf, ...
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Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Florida James Joyce