Joyce and Popular Culture

Joyce and Popular Culture

Joyce and Popular Culture

Joyce and Popular Culture

Synopsis

"Gathers together impressive, prominent voices in the field of Joycean studies and popular culture.... I was impressed by the elegance with which I was introduced to the idea that Tom Swifties, Marilyn Monroe, and electronic media all have something to offer to the study of Joyce (and vice versa).... Delightful new materials.... All Joyceans will want to own this volume.... Those interested in popular culture per se will also have to see what's happening now in the Joycean arena."--Cheryl Herr, University of Iowa
Joyce not only used popular culture, he contributed to it. These essays employ a variety of sophisticated critical techniques to bring out his surprising involvement in the popular culture of his time. Treating all of Joyce's work from Dubliners through Finnegans Wake, they question the conventional idea that popular culture is the inverse of modernist high art, showing instead how popular culture intertwines with modernist (and postmodernist) art. In a general historical introduction, R. B. Kershner the entire question of Joyce and popular culture within the context of Joyce criticism and the cultural studies movement.
Contents
Introduction, by R. B. Kershner
THEORETICAL APPROACHES
1. Theoretical Approaches to Popular Culture, by Derek Attridge
2. A Tale of "Unwashed Joyceans": James Joyce, Popular Culture, and Popular Theory, by David Glover
3. A(dorna) to Z(izek): From the Culture Industry to the Joyce Industry, and Beyond, by Michael Walsh
POPULAR SOURCES AND PARADIGMS
4. Should Boys Have Sweethearts?, by Chester G. Anderson
5. Molly Bloom and Lady Hester Stanhope, by Michael H. Begnal
6. "Nothing for a Woman in That": James Lovebirch and Masochistic Fantasy in Ulysses, by Stephen Watt
7. Dr. J. Collins Looks at J. J.: The Invention of a Shaun, by David Hayman
THE CONTEXT OF CULTURE
8. Wilde about Joyce, by Zack Bowen
9. The (Tom) Swiftean Comedy of "Scylla and Charybdis," by Thomas Jackson Rice
10. Advertising and Religion in James Joyce's Fiction: The New (Improved!) Testament, by Garry M. Leonard
11. Joyce's Techno-Poetics of Artifice: Machines, Media, Memory, and Modes of Communication in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, by Donald Theall
JOYCE IN POPULAR CULTURE
12. Appropriating the Master Appropriator: "The James Joyce Murder" as Feminist Critique, by Helene Meyers
13. James Joyce as Woman: Fionnula Flanagan, Joyce, and Film, by Adrian Peever
14. Marilyn Monroe Reading Ulysses: Goddess or Postcultural Cyborg? by Richard Brown
15. The Joycean Unconscious, or Getting Respect in the Real World, by Vincent J. Cheng
R. B. Kershner is professor of English at the University of Florida and an advisory editor for the James Joyce Quarterly. He is the author of Joyce, Bakhtin and Popular Literature: Chronicles of Disorder (1989) and Dylan Thomas: The Poet and His Critics (1977) and the editor of the St. Martin's Press case studies edition of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1992).

Excerpt

It is a little strange that, as new series editor succeeding my late colleague and friend Bernard Benstock, it becomes my lot to write my first series foreword to R. B. Kershner's Joyce and Popular Culture, a volume to which I have made a contribution. the book is closely associated with Berni, since its theme was the subject of a Miami Joyce symposium that Professor Kershner, as one of the most respected popular culture scholars in Joyce studies, coordinated at Berni's behest. the scope of this volume goes way beyond what was said at Miami, of course, but I know how much the subject and the present volume interested Berni, and of his certainty of their impact and importance on contemporary Joyce scholarship.

As Kershner points out, serious study of Joyce never precluded Joyce's association with popular culture any more than it did his allusion to traditional classical and arcane texts, music, or Irish history. Now that theoretical methodology and apparatus are affording popular culture newly paved, intellectually dignified avenues of approach, we can browse the side streets in comfort and safety to turn up the unexpected treasures that make reading Joyce a celebration of life rather than artifact.

Zack Bowen Series Editor . . .

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