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Our Joyce : from outcast to icon
Kelly, Joseph, 1962-
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First edition.
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Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press, 1998.
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x, 287 pages ; 24 cm.
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PR6019.O9 Z6696 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Explores the transformation of James Joyce's literary reputation from an Irish writer speaking to the Dublin middle classes to a literary genius, concentrating on five defining moments in its development. Examines Joyce as propagandist before 1914, the expansion of his reputation through publication in The Egoist and as a result of Morris Ernst's d

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This reviewer rejoices at the publication of this book. Kelly (College of Charleston) traces the means by which Joyce's Ulysses became a "social event," with control passing from the author to others. In Joyce's lifetime, Ezra Pound initiated the process of transforming Joyce's historical intentions into a dehistoricized classic--irrelevant to contemporary society--and the author into a genius. T. S. Eliot and Edmund Wilson contributed to the trend, influencing Morris Ernst's defense during the obscenity trial for Ulysses and the decision by Judge Woolsey that admitted the book to publication in the US. Kelly calls this a Pyrrhic victory; the book cannot corrupt because it cannot influence. The author notes that establishing modern literature against traditionalists in the universities required that English be as difficult as Greek. Richard Ellmann continued the "genius" process in his biography James Joyce (1959) by causing Joyce's fiction to narrate his life. Tracing the "Joyce industry" in Modern Fiction Studies, James Joyce Quarterly, and the international symposia, Kelly stops short of the elitist deconstruction movement, for which readers will want to see A Companion to James Joyce's Ulysses, ed. by Margot Norris (CH, Jul'98). Highly recommended for all levels of readers. G. Eckley Drake University