By Richard Brown (Ed.), Richard Brown
'Joyce, "Penelope" and the physique' is a suite of twelve essays approximately "Penelope", the well-known ultimate episode of Joyce's 'Ulysses' in terms of modern literary, cultural, philosophical and psychoanalytical theories of the physique. As such it bargains an strangely shut examine that episode itself and it additionally turns into the first actual booklet on Joyce that takes the belief of the physique as its introduced important subject. The individuals represented right here come from England, eire, Europe and North the US and so they comprise the very best tested critics of Joyce along novices to educational e-book. The essays comprise an encouraging variety of ways yet they've got in universal a marked highbrow ambition, an incredibly clean and leading edge procedure and certainly a loyal fascination for Joyce's textual content. Taken jointly they provide a lot new power for the studying of Joyce and Modernism and more than a few probabilities for figuring out the physique and its illustration via language and in tradition that experience resonances around the cultural sphere
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176-7. 4. L I 415. Where possible I refer to the Selected Letters (see note 9 below), otherwise to the three-volume edition of the Letters. 5. Gabler comments on the drafts as follows: There is always in the appearance of the drafts some suggestion of a descent from pre-existing text. 10/Cornell 56, are themselves first drafts. What this suggests is a manner of composition by which Joyce thought out at length, and in minute detail, the structures and phrasings of whole narrative sections before committing them to paper...
Dorian Gray stays in shape while his picture grows flabby and wrinkled. Shape is an abstraction, a visual form which may live on in modern print-culture although fertility has gone. The current obsession with “staying in shape” testifies to the general cultural desire to keep one´s shape even after youth has gone. The refiguration of Penelope as Gestalt, separating her flabby flesh from her shape, is a strategy which contains the threat of the end of fertility within an imaginary economy of graphic representation, writing or écriture.
Was he engaged in social reform? Trying to redress the censorship of bourgeois morality? Or was his obsession with speaking about the body perhaps the expression of a more fundamental or philosophical anxiety? Joyce suggested that Harriet Weaver should not understand “Penelope’ as the rendering of a human figure, but as the concretization of “the earth which is prehuman and presumably posthuman” (SL 289). Penelope may not then be an earth goddess, as she has often been said to be by Joyce critics, but rather the earth itself.