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The Strong Spirit: History, Politics and Aesthetics in the Writings of James Joyce 1898-1915

Andrew Gibson


This study provides the first comprehensive historicization of Joyce’s writings from 1898 to 1915 in relation to the distinct phases of British-Irish history during the period—1898–1903, 1904–6, 1906–12, 1912–15—and their shifting currents. It also pays close attention to the (sometimes different) historical contexts on which the works focus. The young Joyce emerges, in a new and distinctive intellectual portrait of him, as a very particular, modern kind of ‘strong spirit’ (to use his term), a late colonial artist passionately committed to freedom and justice for Ireland, yet also a radical do ... More

Keywords: joyce, britain, ireland, history, postcolonialism, modernity, modernism, liberation, 1880–1920

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Gibson, author
Research Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Royal Holloway, University of London