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Joyce, Bakhtin, and Popular Literature
Author: R. B. Kershner

ISBN: 9780807843871
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 30 August 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.3
Description:
The sheer mass of allusion to popular literature in the writings of James Joyce is daunting. Using theories developed by Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin, R. B. Kershner analyzes how Joyce made use of popular literature in such early works as "Stephen Hero," "Dubliners," "A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man," and "Exiles." Kershner also examines Joyce's use of rhetoric, the relationship between narrator and protagonist, and the interplay of voices, whether personal, literary, or subliterary, in Joyce's writing.

In pointing out the prolific allusions in Joyce to newspapers, children's books, popular novels, and even pornography, Kershner shows how each of these contributes to the structures of consciousness of Joyce's various characters, all of whom write and rewrite themselves in terms of the texts they read in their youth. He also investigates the intertextual role of many popular books to which Joyce alludes in his writings and letters, or which he owned--some well known, others now obscure.

Kershner presents Joyce as a writer with a high degrees of social consciousness, whose writings highlight t...

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