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Gestural Politics
Stereotype and Parody in Joyce
Gestural Politics
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Christy L. Burns - Author
Price: $60.50 
Hardcover - 232 pages
Release Date: June 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4613-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4613-3

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Paperback - 232 pages
Release Date: June 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4614-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4614-0

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Summary

Explores James Joyce's use of parody and humor in his representation of women, gays, and Irish nationalism, and discusses how his complex attitude toward parody and stereotyping is related to his aesthetic vision.

Gestural Politics explores James Joyce's use of parody and humor in his representation of women, gays, and Irish nationalism. Author Christy L. Burns also discusses how Joyce's complex attitude toward parody and stereotyping is related to his aesthetic vision. She offers a comprehensive overview of all of Joyce's writings with a special emphasis on Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake.

"Burns skillfully weaves together an ambitious volume that, instead of following a simple chronological path through Joyce's work, deals in turn with a number of important topics: gesture, femininity, homosexuality, and nationalism, ending with an essay on language and typography in Finnegans Wake. All of these topics have been much discussed in Joyce studies, and it is a tribute to Burns's originality that she has new light to cast on all of them. Her attention to the humor of Joyce's work is also to be applauded." -- Derek Attridge, editor of The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce

"An extremely useful and vibrant book, Burns forges a new path that refuses heavy politicization or sexualization, yet is alert to all the questions posed by the texts." -- Jean-Michel Rabate, author of Joyce Upon the Void: The Genesis of Doubt

Christy L. Burns is Associate Professor of English at the College of William and Mary.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Parody, Aggressivity, and Stereotyping

2. The Art of Gesture: Parody and Joyce's Aesthetic Practice

3. "The word is my Wife": Control of the Feminine

4. In the Original Sinse: The Gay Cliché and Verbal Transgression in Finnegans Wake

5. In the Wake of the Nation: Joyce's Response to Irish Nationalism

6. Rhythmic Identification and Cosmopolitan Consciousness in Finnegans Wake

Epilogue

Notes

Works Cited

Index



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