This collection shows the depth and range of James Joyce's relationship with key literary, intellectual and cultural issues that arose in the nineteenth century. Thirteen original essays explore several new themes in Joyce studies, connecting Joyce's writing to that of his predecessors, and linking Joyce's formal innovations to his reading of, and immersion in, nineteenth-century life. The volume begins by addressing Joyce's relationships with fictional forms in nineteenth-century and turn-of-the-century Ireland. Further sections explore the rise of new economies of consumption and Joyce's formal adaptations of major intellectual figures and issues. What emerges is a portrait of Joyce as he has not previously been seen, giving scholars and students of fin-de-siecle culture, literary modernism and English and Irish literature fresh insight into one of the most important writers of the past century.
John Nash is the author of James Joyce and the Act of Reception: Reading, Ireland, Modernism (2006) and the editor of Joyce's Audiences (2002). He has published widely on the work of James Joyce and on modern Irish and English literature. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at Durham University.
List of illustrations; Textual note; Introduction: Joyce in the nineteenth century John Nash; Part I. The Politics of Form in Ireland: 1. Joyce and the nineteenth-century Irish novel Emer Nolan; 2. 'He says no, your worship': Joyce, free indirect discourse and vernacular modernism Luke Gibbons; 3. 'That dubious enterprise, the Irish short story': The Untilled Field and Dubliners Richard Robinson; 4. Thinking forwards, turning back: Joyce's writings, 1898-1903 Andrew Gibson; Part II. Public and Private Economies: 5. Underwriting Ulysses: Bloom, risk and life insurance in the nineteenth century Jaya Savige; 6. Ulysses and the Dublin advertising business John Strachan; 7. 'To arrest involuntary attention': advertising and street-selling in Ulysses Matthew Hayward; 8. 'Food values': Joyce and dietary revival Helen O'Connell; Part III. Formal Adaptations: 9. Liberalism and domesticity in Ulysses John Nash; 10. Language and (re)creation: Joyce and nineteenth-century philology Sylvain Belluc; 11. Joyce, Darwin and literary evolution Scarlett Baron; 12. The Queen is not a subject: Victoria's Leaves from the Journal in Ulysses Ronan Crowley; 13. 'I bar the magic lantern business': Dubliners and pre-cinema Keith Williams; Bibliography; Index.