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James Joyce and the Language of History

Dedalus's Nightmare

James Joyce and the Language of History by Robert Spoo
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"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake." Stephen Dedalus's famous complaint articulates a characteristic modern attitude toward the perceived burden of the past. As Robert Spoo shows in this study, Joyce's creative achievement, from the time of his sojourn in Rome in 1906-07 to the completion of Ulysses in 1922, cannot be understood apart from the ferment of historical thought that dominated the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tracing James Joyce's historiographic art to its formative contexts, Spoo reveals a modernist author passionately engaged with the problem of history, forging a new language that both dramatizes and redefines that problem.
Oxford University Press; September 1994
208 pages; ISBN 9780195358605
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Title: James Joyce and the Language of History
Author: Robert Spoo
 
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0195358600
9780195087499
9780195358605