Joyce in Trieste:
An Album of Risky Readings

Edited by Sebastian D. G. Knowles, Geert Lernout, and John McCourt

Foreword by Renzo Crivelli
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"An exceptionally rewarding collection of essays. Rather than rounding up the usual suspects, the editors have assembled an unusually broad and varied group of contributors to represent the current state of Joyce criticism worldwide."--R. Brandon Kershner, University of Florida

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's introduction of the particularly effective paradigm of "risky reading" to describe the provocative re-contextualizations 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.

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" This line-up of the great and the good is enough to gladden the heart of any Joycean. The collection offers a most valuable resource for undergraduates and, perhaps, graduate students daunted at the challenge of beginning work on Joyce. An important addition to any university library."
--Project Muse Modernism

" Aptly subtitles "An Album so Risky Readings," the book's introduction contains thoroughly risky readings of "e-mails of regret" that Sebastian Knowles had received as a program director from participants who had to withdraw from the program. The messages are classified into seven kinds of regret: Regret Formal, Phyical, Paralytic, Inexplicable, Metaphysical, Apocalyptic, and Bogus. But Joycean context is the saving grace for Knowles's "somewhat malicious" parodistic vein: all seven rhetorical e-structures are hilariously echoed by textual examples from Joyce himself."
--English Literature in Transition

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