Dublin's Joyce by Hugh Kenner

By Hugh Kenner

One of crucial books ever written on Uylsses, Dublin's Joyce proven Hugh Kenner as an important modernist critic. This pathbreaking research provides Uylsses as a "bit of anti-matter that Joyce despatched out to devour the world." the writer assumes that Joyce wasn't a guy with a field of mysteries, yet a author with an issue : his local ecu city of Dublin. Dublin's Joyce offers the reader with a viewpoint of Joyce as a superemely very important literary determine with no contemplating him to be the revealer of a mystery doctrine.

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Right behind the Archbishop's throne. - O, I saw her--one of them. Hadn't she a grey hat with a bird in it? - That was her! She's very lady-like, isn't she. S74/62. Nothing there: gossip, question, response, vacuity; not even an irony in the application of "lady-like". Man is distinguished from the brutes by speech, and speech like this surrounds the citizen from birth. As a small boy James Joyce strained his imagination after secret connections between real things and the vocables his Dublin so prodigally disbursed.

Joyce takes the greatest care to stage the episode in just these terms. The intellect is being slowly sterilized by drink; at the close, language, its minimal props withdrawn, collapses into a babel of slang ("Your attention! We're nae tha fou. The Leith police dismisseth us. ") and the disputants scramble through abysms of undiluted sensation: the pubs, followed by the stews ("Change here for Bawdyhouse. We two, she said, will seek the kips where shady Mary is. Righto, any old time. Laetabuntur in cubilibus suis.

Such was Joyce's material: the language of Dublin. Every Dublin phrase has a double focus: the past meaning it locks away, the present vagueness it shapes. It is in language that the dead city is preserved; and it is language that maintains the citizens in deadness. What the Dubliners do is of no special interest; they drink, and walk, and couple. But when they talk to their women the idealized donnas of Europe haunt their locutions, for they have no other locutions for love ("the sun shines on you he said", U767/741); when they talk in the streets they conjure up the traditions of peripatetic wisdom; when they talk at bars the swagger of a vanished age lights up among the words: - Their syphilization, you mean, says the citizen.

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