James Joyce as Cultural Critic

  • Emer Nolan


This chapter explores how in Joyce’s critical writing, as well as in other passages from his fiction, we witness his consistent preoccupation with a stadial theory of the literary and political development of discrete cultures or “races.” The chapter sees Joyce’s career as bound up with the bid for Irish literary “capital” that Pascale Casanova regards as central to the struggle between marginal literary cultures and metropolitan authority in the modern literary world system. Hence, Joyce’s non-fiction is shown to provide an underappreciated but highly relevant commentary on his novels, and an unparalleled insight into his understanding of the relationship between his writing and political decolonisation in Ireland as it was to unfold over his lifetime.

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  • Emer Nolan
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  1. 1.Maynooth UniversityMaynoothRepublic of Ireland

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