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James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus's Nightmare
by Robert Spoo
"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Stephen Dedalus's famous complaint articulates a characteristic modern attitude toward the perceived burden of the past. As Robert Spoo shows in this study, Joyce's creative achievement, from the time of his sojourn in Rome in 1906-07 to the completion of Ulysses in 1922, cannot be understood apart from the ferment ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1994)
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A while ago I had to write a piece on Joyce's take on literature and how historicism could be used as another approach to his work. One of the interesting things in the book was the chapter on metahistorical reading of The Portrait and his comments on the "goal of history" and "intersexuality".
Robert Spoo is Chapman Distinguished Chair at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Formerly a professor of English and editor of the James Joyce Quarterly, he has published extensively on modernist authors and the intersection of copyright law and literature.More about Robert Spoo...