Browse by Subject: Joyce

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Joyce and Geometry

Joyce and Geometry reveals the full extent to which the modernist writer James Joyce was influenced by the radical theories of non-Euclidean geometry. Tracing Joyce’s obsession with measuring and mapping space throughout his works, Ciaran McMorran delves into a major theme in Joyce’s work that has not been thoroughly explored until now.

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Panepiphanal World: James Joyce's Epiphanies

This book is the first in-depth study of the forty short texts James Joyce called “epiphanies.” Sangam MacDuff argues that the epiphanies are an important point of origin for Joyce’s entire body of work, showing how they shaped the structure, style, and language of his later writings.

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Edith Wharton and the Modern Privileges of Age

Focusing on the works of Edith Wharton and her contemporaries, Melanie Dawson discusses representations of modern American identities past early youth in twentieth-century literature. Dawson sets Wharton’s work at the center of a vital debate about the contested privileges associated with age in contemporary culture.  

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Gertrude Stein and the Making of Jewish Modernism

Challenging the assumption that modernist writer Gertrude Stein seldom integrated her Jewish identity and heritage into her work, this book uncovers Stein’s constant and varied writing about Jewish topics throughout her career. Amy Feinstein argues that Judaism was central to Stein’s ideas about modernity, showing how Stein connects the modernist era to the Jewish experience.            

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Women Making Modernism

Challenging the tendency of scholars to view women writers of the modernist era as isolated artists who competed with one another for critical and cultural acceptance, Women Making Modernism reveals the robust networks women created and maintained that served as platforms and support for women’s literary careers. This volume shows how women’s writing communities interconnected to generate a current of energy, innovation, and ambition that was central to the modernist movement.

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Mina Loy's Critical Modernism

This book provides a fresh assessment of the works of British-born poet and painter Mina Loy. Laura Scuriatti shows how Loy’s “eccentric” writing and art celebrate ideas and aesthetics central to the modernist movement while simultaneously critiquing them, resulting in a continually self-reflexive and detached stance that Scuriatti terms “critical modernism.”  

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Affective Materialities: Reorienting the Body in Modernist Literature

Affective Materialities breaks ground by reexamining modernist theorizations of the body, opening up artistic, political, and ethical possibilities at the intersection of affect theory and ecocriticism, two recent directions in literary studies not typically brought into conversation.

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Modernist Communities across Cultures and Media

Marked by a rejection of traditional affiliations such as nation, family, and religion, modernism is often thought to privilege the individual over the community. The contributors to this volume question this assumption, uncovering the communal impulses of the modernist period across genres, cultures, and media.

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Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant-Garde

The diverse topics and methodologies assembled here illustrate how food studies can enrich research in the literary and visual arts. A milestone volume, this collection introduces possibilities for understanding the connection between modernist aesthetics and the emerging food cultures of a globalizing world.  

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Modernist Soundscapes: Auditory Technology and the Novel

At the turn of the twentieth century, new technologies such as the phonograph, telephone, and radio changed how sound was transmitted and perceived. In Modernist Soundscapes, Angela Frattarola analyzes the influence of “the age of noise” on writers of the time, showing how modernist novelists used sound to bridge the distance between characters and to connect with the reader on a more intimate level.