We are unable to display your institutional affiliation without JavaScript turned on.
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Find using OpenURL

A Work Whose Importance Still Escapes Us: Joyce After Surrealism


This essay studies the reminiscences on James Joyce published by the former surrealist writer and critic Philippe Soupault (1897–1990), who participated in the collaborative French translation of the "Anna Livia Plurabelle" chapter of Joyce's Work in Progress. It argues that Soupault's writings on Joyce constitute a theory of avant-garde productivity modeled less on the experimental quality of Joycean prose than on Joyce's work ethic. For Soupault, Joyce's "pitiless method" constituted a form of literary engagement that was at once bound to discipline and yet bore the potential for liberatory thought, in a manner Soupault likened to the work of the surrealist movement he helped found in the years after WWI.

You must be logged in through an institution that subscribes to this journal or book to access the full text.


Shibboleth authentication is only available to registered institutions.

Project MUSE

For subscribing associations only.