Latin and Roman Culture in Joyce

Latin and Roman Culture in Joyce

Latin and Roman Culture in Joyce

Latin and Roman Culture in Joyce

Synopsis

"Exceptionally well written in a lively, often funny, attention-arresting style.... A tour de force explanation of the enormous body of secular classical allusion and language in Joyce's work ... (it) will become a staple of Joyce reference and criticism". -- Zack Bowen, University of Miami The Florida James Joyce Series

Excerpt

Schork's book is a tour de force explanation of the enormous body of secular classical allusion and language in Joyce's work. It parses Joyce's convoluted and heavily nuanced Latin, provides detailed background and explication justifying Schork's hundreds of translations of applicable passages, and glosses allusions to classical writers, history, mythology, and life. He discusses material that has become arcane, particularly in American universities; but, as he so amply documents, it is material that was a staple of classical Jesuit and university education well into the early twentieth century.

No Joyce reader can escape the plethora of Latinate and Roman vocabulary and allusion in Joyce's every work from Portrait on. Nearly every one of Schork's explications goes far beyond those provided by the existing allusion lists, and is the result not only of classical erudition, but of meticulous research in Joyce's notebooks, drafts, letters, and general compositional methodology. His painstaking reconstruction of the compositional history is augmented by a creative imagination that produces logical conclusions in the interpretations, and also by a scholarly mind that signals exactly which passages involve doubtful conjecture, for which he furnishes the case for his reading. It is a comfort when a scholar takes critical risks and admits exactly how thin or stable the ice is.

Zack Bowen
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