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The Culture of Joyce's Ulysses : New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature - R. Brandon Kershner

The Culture of Joyce's Ulysses

New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature

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Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses with an eye to the cultural references embedded within it, R. Brandon Kershner interrogates modernism's relationship to popular culture and literature. Addressing newspapers and “light weeklies” in Ireland, this book argues that Ulysses reflects their formal innovations and relationship to the reader. Ultimately, Kershner offers a corrective to formal approaches to popular literary genres, broadening the spectrum of methodologies to incorporate social and political dimensions. 

"Impressive." - James Joyce Quarterly



"Providing a valuable appraisal of strategic sources shaping Ulysses - whether in derision, revolt, or amplification - the book in particular adds significantly to understanding Joyce's borrowing, thanks to Kershner's detailed exploration of Marie Norelli's The Sorrows of Satan (1895) and Stephen Phillip's verse drama Ulysses (1902)." - CHOICE



"This is the book I've been waiting for! The sequel to Kershner's brilliant, award-winning study of the dialogic in Dubliners and Portrait, The Culture of Joyce's Ulysses broadens the terrain to take on modernism(s)'s and modernity's complex traffic with popular culture. Kershner's turn to the Frankfurt School is inspired, and his demonstration that Joyce's readers must contribute not just insights but also actual 'copy' alters the playing field for Joyce scholars and Joyce followers alike. As always with Kershner's work, the writing is both lucid and fun, while the breadth of research is stunning." - Cheryl Herr, Professor of English, Cinema and Comparative Literature, The University of Iowa



"I have waited a long time for this book, and it does not disappoint: Kershner has read Ulysses incredibly carefully and has produced a study full of informative, often fascinating, tidbits-with corresponding analyses. His study brings to the fore all sorts of neglected intertexts from the cultures of Joyce's time - newspapers and periodicals, popular romances and bestselling novels, advertisements, contemporary ideologies and theories, and so on - so as to illuminate fuller, richer readings and understandings of Ulysses.This is also a delightfully readable study." - Vincent Cheng, Shirley Sutton Thomas Professor of English, The University of Utah



"Kershner goes spelunking in the archive, then returns to fill his own Aladdin's cave. The Culture of Ulysses teems not just with bric-a-brac (as Wyndham Lewis said of Joyce's book) but also with trouvailles, new enigmas, and glittering apercus. This is scholarship less interested in literary monuments than in their secret miscellaneity: an inspired rummaging that unmakes a book you thought you knew." - Paul Saint-Amour, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of English, University of Pennsylvania

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Joyce Citationsp. xi
Introduction: Dialogics and Popular Culture in Joyce's Novelp. 1
Popular Reading and Popular Fiction; Dialogism and Genrep. 5
Problems of Allusionp. 10
Popular Culture and High Modernismp. 18
Topics and Argumentsp. 22
Odyssean Culture and Its Discontentsp. 27
Enlightenment, Myth, and Dominationp. 30
Ulysses and the Modern Worldp. 32
Ideas of Mass Culturep. 36
Authorial Interchangesp. 41
Joyce and Stephen Phillipsp. 42
Phillips's Ulyssesp. 46
Joyce and Marie Corellip. 50
Corelli, Modernism, Feminismp. 57
Riddling the Reader to Write Backp. 63
The Reader's Challengep. 63
Riddles in Ulyssesp. 68
The Secret Passagep. 72
Newspapers and Periodicals: Endless Dialoguep. 79
Joyce and Newspapersp. 80
Newspapers in Ulyssesp. 86
The Historical Contextp. 96
Newspapers and the Structuring of Experiencep. 106
Consuming Newspapersp. 117
Tit-Bits, Answers, and Beaufoy's Mysterious Postcardp. 129
The Light Weekliesp. 130
Tit-Bitsp. 134
Answersp. 140
Beaufoy and the New Literacyp. 144
The World's Strongest Man: Joyce or Sandow?p. 153
The Career of Eugen Sandowp. 156
Sandow, Inc.p. 159
Sandow and the Modernp. 161
Advertising and the Novelp. 164
Joyce, Inc.p. 167
Artist and Ad-Manp. 171
Ulysses and the Orientp. 175
The Dream of the Orientp. 178
Joyce's Arabian Nightsp. 181
Oriental Eroticsp. 186
The Oriental Irish and Moore's Lalla Rookhp. 189
Othering the Self and Othersp. 194
The Appearance of Rudy: Children's Clothing and the History of Photographyp. 199
Clothing as Social Semiotics in Joycep. 200
Children's Clothing in Ulyssesp. 201
Children's Outfitsp. 204
Memorial Photographyp. 213
Notesp. 227
Works Citedp. 239
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780230108684
ISBN-10: 0230108687
Series: New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 19th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1