James Joyce and After: Writer and Time

James Joyce and After: Writer and Time is a volume of essays examining various aspects of time in literature, starting with the modernist revolution in fictional time initiated, among others, by Joyce, up until the present. In Part One: “James Joyce and Commodius Vicus of Recirculation,” the largest group of essays offers new and insightful readings of Finnegans Wake, Ulysses, Dubliners and Pomes Penyeach, reflecting a variety of Joyce’s experiments with time as well as demonstrating patterns and cross-references in his lifelong artistic explorations.

Part Two: “Writer and Private Time,” focuses on selected literary responses to subjective experience of time. The articles analyse Joyce’s epiphanies, Elizabeth Bishop’s rendition of a lyrical moment in her poetry, as well as the interplay of fiction and autobiography in the writings of Joseph Conrad and J. M. Coetzee. Another article in this section uses the Bakhtinian concept of chronotope to emphasise simultaneity of reading and writing in the newly defined genre of liberature.

At the other end of the (temporal) spectrum, the articles in Part Three: “Writer and Public Time,” devoted to recent fiction, testify to the constant need for seeking new ways of recording the temporal dimension of collective experience. It is argued that the engagement with Victorianism in contemporary fiction has resulted in a special treatment of time involving duality of temporal levels, while the emerging post-9/11 genre takes account of the new audiovisual media in order to respond to one of the most traumatic experiences in contemporary history.

Katarzyna Bazarnik teaches British Literature at the English Department of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She has organized a series of Kraków Bloomsday conferences, and edited two volumes of essays on Joyce’s work, as well as published numerous articles on liberature, a new literary genre. She is also a creative writer, translator, and a co-editor of the “Liberature” line in Korporacja Ha!art Publishing House.

Bożena Kucała is Lecturer and Researcher at the English Department of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She specialises in the nineteenth-century and contemporary English novel, especially neo-Victorian fiction, intertextuality, representations of history in literature. She has published articles on contemporary writers, especially A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, J. M. Coetzee.

"It is one of the strengths of the current volume that the recurrence of specific temporal concepts and phenomena ... creates a mesh of connections between the fifteen research articles and helps to unify the collection... The reader’s "gift of time" will be reciprocated by gifts of insights, perspectives, and ideas for texts to be read and reread."

Dr Tekla Mecsnóber Károli Gáspár University, Budapest James Joyce Quarterly, 51: 1 (2013)

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ISBN: 1-4438-2072-5

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-2072-1

Release Date: 10th May 2010

Pages: 225

Price: £39.99