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James Joyce and Sexuality - Richard Brown

James Joyce and Sexuality

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Published: 26th December 1988
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This highly original study seeks to correct the critical misapprehension that James Joyce was a figure who remained aloof and disengaged from the intellectual and social concerns of his time. By exploring Joyce's interest in sexual questions, Dr Brown shows that, on the contrary, his work represents a more complex and subtle kind of engagement with such concerns. There are four main areas of interest. The first is Joyce's extensive reading on the question of marriage and its impact on his work, a subject invested with greater interest through Joyce's elopement with and delayed marriage to Nora Barnacle. The second is Joyce's responsiveness to the new sexual ideology as expounded in the writings of Freud and Havelock Ellis. Thirdly, Dr Brown considers the feminist dimension of the oeuvre and explores Joyce's profound concern with twentieth-century discussions of sexual divisions and difference, a topic hitherto neglected in the classic critical treatments. Finally, the book argues for a new type of Joycean aesthetic in which the major works are analysed as responses to readings of other texts. Dr Brown offers a substantial and original account of Joyce's work as modern in its social ideas as well as in its literary form, and suggests how the stylistic modernity itself may be seen to arise in part as a response to the difficulties of dealing with sex.

'James Joyce and Sexuality is a work of remarkable intelligence, and should serve as guide to any young Joycean on how to write on Joyce, how to conceptualise all facets of a particular aspect, how to use quotations for full elucidation, how to balance thought and language.' Irish Literary Supplement '[Richard Brown's] study of sources, politics, biography and aesthetics may be the most versatile, erudite, well-tempered and theoretically self-aware short study of Joyce yet published.' The Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
Love and marriage
Emissio inter vas naturale
Women
Sexual reality
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521368520
ISBN-10: 0521368529
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th December 1988
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.18 x 14.88  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.3