The essays of this volume show how Joyce's work engaged with the many upheavals and revolutions within the French nineteenth-century novel and its contexts. They delve into the complexities of this engagement, tracing its twists and turns, and reemerge with fascinating and rich discoveries. The contributors explore Joyce's explicit and implicit responses to Alexandre Dumas, Honore de Balzac, Victor Hugo and Emile Zola and, of course, Flaubert. Drawing from the wide range of Joyce's writings - Dubliners, A Portrait..., Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and his life, letters, and essays - they resituate Joyce's relation to France, the novel, and the nineteenth century.
Acknowledgements Bibliographical Note Rita Sakr and Finn Fordham: Introduction: Joyce and the `pas mal de siecle' Coilin Owens: Joyce and Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo and "The Sisters" Benoit Tadie: Balzacian Ghosts in "The Boarding House" David Spurr: Joyce and Balzac: Portraits of the Artist in the Age of Industrial Production Finn Fordham: Hugo's There!? Valerie Benejam: The Elliptical Adultery of Ulysses: A Flaubertian Recipe for Succes de Scandale Robert Baines: The Opposite of Despair: St. Anthony meets St. Patrick Matthew Creasy: Inverted Volumes and Fantastic Libraries: Ulysses and Bouvard et Pecuchet Scarlett Baron: Radical Intertextuality: From Bouvard et Pecuchet to Finnegans Wake Paul Jones: Styling Hospitality: Gustave Flaubert and George Moore in James Joyce's "The Dead" Rita Sakr: "THAT'S NEW [...] THAT'S COPY": "SLIGHTLY RAMBUNCTIOUS FEMALES" on the top of "SOME COLUMN!" in Zola's L'Assommoir and Joyce's Ulysses Contributors Index