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The Aesthetics of Chaosmos: The Middle Ages of James Joyce

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Eco discusses how Joyce's fiction was suffused by its author's reading of St Thomas Aquinas, Giordano Bruno, and Nicola De Cusa.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 3rd 1989 by Harvard University Press (first published 1966)
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Jonfaith
Oct 31, 2015 Jonfaith rated it really liked it
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The only faith that the aesthetics and metaphysics of the Chaosmos leave us is the faith in Contradiction.

This is wicked erudite sort of study. One which left me behind almost constantly, but remained enthralling. I told a friend who recently suggested such that my greatest compliment for this volume is that it made me want to reread Ulysses.
Max Nemtsov
вполне годные маргиналии к эстетике Джойса. глупо смотрится только заявление издателя о "максимально полном раскрытии универсума Джойса", поскольку эта довольно небольшая популярная лекция касается всего одной-двух граней эт-самого "универсума" - тех, что касаются средневековых корней.
первая глава, описывающая эстетику преимущественно Стивена, вновь переносит читателя примерно на первый курс филфака, однако это имеет смысл потерпеть, ибо без основ - осмысления эстетико-философских воззрений перс
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Jan 21, 2015 Ethan Grossman rated it it was amazing
This book made me feel wicked smart. It made me realize the maximum potential of my brain. Reading it was like being in a dream and watching myself comprehend everything.
James
Dec 09, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A neat, small book comprised of two essays based on lectures, one by renowned author Umberto Eco and the other by Liberato Santoro-Brienza, both Italians.

Both essays are equally interesting and insightful, and shed unique light on Joyce's work.
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Aug 18, 2011 Robert Paglia rated it liked it
Interesting counterpoint to popular notions of Joyce as an incoherent "stream of consciousness" writer.
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Recommends it for: Joyceans, naturally
great insights (although naturally somewhat outdated at times)
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