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Joyce and the Perverse Ideal

By David Cotter

© 2004 – Routledge

268 pages

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Representations of masochism - both overt and oblique - permeate the work of James Joyce. While a number of critics have noted this, to date there has been no sustained and focused analysis of this trope in his writings. David Cotter argues that such an examination is key to understanding the meanings and messages of Joyce's work. Adding further dimensions to moral, political and aesthetic considerations in the novels and stories - particularly Ulysses - this book provides a comprehensive account of masochistic elements in James Joyce's work. Cotter draws upon psychoanalytic theory and social history to illustrate the subversive power of perversity in the literature of the modern period.

This edition first Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

About the Author

Currently a resident of Beijing, David Cotter received his Ph.D. from Trinity College. He has published poetry in a number of journals, and an essay, "Notes from the Rathmines Underground," in Critical Ireland: New Voices in Literature and Culture.

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Studies in Major Literary Authors

Studies in Major Literary Authors features outstanding scholarship on celebrated and neglected authors of both canonical and lesser-known texts.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh