Joyce and the Invention of Irish History: Finnegans Wake in Context (Hardback)
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Joyce and the Invention of Irish History: Finnegans Wake in Context (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 25/05/1995
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This incisive study of James Joyce's work examines Finnegans Wake as a narrative response to acute problems of historical experience, especially issues of modern Irish identity implicit in historical writing about Ireland. Thomas C. Hofheinz shows how Joyce's narrative simulations of such problems enabled him to form startling linkages between public and private, objective and subjective Irish history. Hofheinz investigates Joyce's illumination of a wide range of issues - social, cultural, familial, psychological - by comparing Finnegans Wake with traditions of modern Irish historicism and historiography, including Ireland's place in the Catholic providential history of Vico's New Science; and he trenchantly challenges cultural-material methods of interpreting Joyce's historical 'subject', countering them with a reader-response philosophy owing much to the hermeneutics of Gadamer, Iser, and Ricoeur.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521471145
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 17 mm


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"...a valuable contribution to the growing list of works on Joyce and history....Hofheinz is not satisfied with merely providing a closely argued assessment of a major author's use of historical sources. Rather, he demonstrates how Finnegans Wake models the deceptions inherent in all history-making thereby cautioning readers to examine their own assumptions regarding the causes, effects and particulars of historical events." Mary Lowe-Evans, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920
"In an essay that achieves an admirable balance between theoretical, historical and interpretive material, Hofheinz argues for a reading of Joyce's novel as 'a cipher for the modern Irish historical predicament'....The result is a reading of Finnegans Wake that is both dazzling and informative...a reading of Finnegans Wake that is both dazzling and informative, and among the finest expositions of Vico's importance to Joyce...I know. " Journal of English and Germanic Philology

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