James Joyce and the Prose Poem

  • Michel DelvilleEmail author


Even though they were published posthumously and therefore cannot be granted a historically central or founding place within the history of the prose poem, James Joyce’s epiphanies (1900–1904) emerge as an early attempt to move the prose lyric away from the stylistic intricacies of the British Decadents and to carry out Baudelaire’s project to reproduce the complex and discontinuous rhythms of consciousness. Joyce’s posthumous Giacomo Joyce enacts the formal struggle between lyric (self-)presence and narrative continuity which was to characterize the prose poem throughout the twentieth century. By withholding the pressures of both narrative linearity and poetic closure, Giacomo eventually results in a ‘writerly’ variant of the traditional lyric, one which attends to nothing less than the movement of desire itself.

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  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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