James Joyce and Nationalism comprehensively revises our understanding of Joyce by re-examining his writing against Irish Nationalism.
In this exciting and provocative book, Emer Nolan looks at the relationship between modernism and nationalism, tracing the applicability of alternative notions of nationalism to the various phases of Joyce's work. Nolan also brings post-colonial and feminist theories to a close re-reading of Joyce's works.
This insightful and challenging work provides a polemical introduction to Joyce and is a much needed contribution to the vast field of Joyce studies. James Joyce and Nationalism is a ground-breaking and theoretically engaged intervention into debates about Joyce's politics and the politics of modernism.
'… one of the very few important full-length studies of Joyce to appear in recent years . … no-one who is interested in what is currently high on the agenda of Joyce studies the historical, the political, the post colonial will be able to ignore this book.' - New Odyssey
'Will revolutionise the direction of Joyce studies and will give rise to a whole new set of readings which locate Joyce more clearly against the background of Irish national revival.' - Declan Kiberd, University College Dublin
'Among the very best accounts of Joyce's relation to Irish politics … outstanding and timely.' - Seamus Deane, University of Notre Dame
'An important book … it is accessible and should appeal to a wide range of readers, from undergraduates to Joyce specialists.' - Robert Young, Wadham College, Oxford
'If not quite capable of arguing that black is white, Nolan does border on finding that both black, white and every shade of grey in Joyce turn out to be so many shades of green.' - James Joyce Broadsheet