"Joyce in Trieste" is a record of the transformation in text, meaning, and language that Trieste worked upon Joyce. Based on presentations from the Trieste Symposium of 2002, this volume begins with three path-breaking essays: Michael Groden's unveiling of the manuscripts acquired by the National Library of Ireland in 2002, Margot Norris' introduction of the particularly effective paradigm of "risky reading" to describe the provocative recontextualizations in history, theory, and culture that reveal something new about Joyce's work, and Zack Bowen's celebration of the Platonic and erotic qualities of Joyce's language. Each essay opens up to a section that follows the opening lead: essays on manuscript genetics following Groden, a political set of essays following Norris, and a set of essays on language following Bowen. Included are some final thoughts from the late Hugh Kenner, work from new Joyceans such as Vike Martina Plock and Dirk Van Hulle, and political studies of Israel and Palestine.
Distilled from several hundred presentations at the conference, this volume provides a lively and useful summary of the current state and future directions of Joyce scholarship and will be of particular interest to Joyce and Irish Studies scholars as well as those interested in provocative readings of 20th-century literature.
Sebastian D.G. Knowles is professor of English at Ohio State University and author of The Dublin Helix: The Life of Language in Joyce's Ulysses (UPF). Geert Lernout is director of the James Joyce Centre in Antwerp, and author of The French Joyce and coeditor of The Finnegans Wake Notebooks at Buffalo. John McCourt is co-director of the Trieste Joyce Summer School and author of The Years of Bloom: James Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920.
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