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Joyce's engagement with Dante is a crucial component of all of his work. This title reconsiders the responses to Dante in Joyce's work from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to Finnegans Wake. It presents that encounter as an historically complex and contextually determined interaction reflecting the contested development of Dante's reputation, readership and textuality throughout the nineteenth century. This process produced a 'Dante with a difference', a uniquely creative and unorthodox construction of the poet which informed Joyce's lifelong engagement with such works as the Vita Nuova and the Commedia. Tracing the movement through Joyce's writing on exile as a mode of alienation and charting his growing interest in ideas of community, Joyce's Dante shows how awareness of his changing reading of Dante can alter our understanding of one of the Irish writer's lasting thematic preoccupations.Read more
- Recontectualises Joyce's reading of Dante within nineteenth-century literary and historical discourses
- Consider's Dante's influence across Joyce's work from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to Finnegans Wake
- Reveals the lasting importance of Joyce's changing relationship with Dante in determining his attitudes towards exile and community
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'Such writing catches the spirit of Joyce’s enterprise lucidly. Robinson does not produce definitive evidence that Joyce knew about the misreading of ‘Violetta’ as ‘Nuvoletta’, but it is exactly the kind of messy creative mistake that Joyce relished throughout his work.' Matthew Creasy, Translation and LiteratureSee more reviews
'… Robinson delivers another virtuoso demonstration of the power of his technique in deploying exhaustive philological retention of textual archives.' William Franke, James Joyce Quarterly
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- Date Published: October 2016
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316731413
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Table of Contents
1. Uneasy orthodoxy: Dante, the Jesuits, and Joyce's first reading
2. Spiritual-heroic refrigerating apparatus': the exiles of Dante in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Exiles
3. The poetics of infernal metamorphosis: Stephen's representation in 'Proteus' and 'Scylla and Charybdis'
4. The mothering of memory: 'Circe' and the Dantean poetics of re-membering
5. 'The flower that stars the day': Issy, Dantean femininity, and the family as community in Finnegans Wake
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