Journey Westward

Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival

Frank Shovlin

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ISBN: 9781846318238

Publication: March 31, 2012

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This book suggests that James Joyce, like Yeats and his fellow Revivalists, was attracted to the west of Ireland as a place of authenticity and freedom. It shows how his acute historical sensibility is reflected in Dubliners, posing new questions about one of the most enduring collections of short stories ever written. The answers provided are a fusion of history and literary criticism, using close readings that balance techniques of realism and symbolism. The result is an original study that shines new light on Dubliners and Joyce’s later masterpieces.

Frank Shovlin is Professor of Irish Literature in English and Head of Department, Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool and the author of Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival (LUP, 2012)

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction: 'The journey westward' 1. 'Endless stories about the distillery': Joyce and Whiskey 2. 'Their friends, the French': Joyce, Jacobitism and the Revival 3. 'He would put in allusions': The Uses and Abuses of Revivalism Conclusion: Protestant Power and Plates of Peas Select Bibliography Index

Shovlin’s book functions as an act of cultural memory in its retrieval of social and historical narratives attached to phrases, names, places, and songs that Joyce deploys. Journey Westward thus is part of a growing area in Joyce studies with cultural memorial concerns.
Oona Frawley   James Joyce Quarterly

This elegantly written and illuminating study of Joyce’s Dubliners is a powerful argument for the view that the deepest understanding of Joyce’s work is to be found in the dense network of its allusions to the cultural and historical contexts of Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century.
  Irish Studies Review

Who would think that a new study of James Joyce's first book could break fresh ground? Frank Shovlin has done it. His riveting book on 'Dubliners' shows that Joyce began at his best. After the power and beauty of his short stories, Joyce had nowhere to go except into complexity and length.
Brenda Maddox   Times Literary Supplement

This is a sparklingly written and unflaggingly enjoyable book, founded on a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of Joyce and his times.
Bernard O'Donoghue  
Wadham College, Oxford

Format: Hardback

Size: 2340 x 156 mm

180 Pages

ISBN: 9781846318238

Publication: March 31, 2012

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