James Joyce and the Difference of Language offers an alternative look at Joyce's writing by placing his language at the intersection of various critical perspectives: linguistics, philosophy, feminism, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism and intertextuality. Combining close textual analysis and theoretically informed readings, an international team of leading scholars explores how Joyce's experiments with language repeatedly challenge our ways of reading. Topics covered include reading Joyce through translations; the role of Dante's literary linguistics in Finnegans Wake; and the place of gender in Joyce's modernism. Two further essays illustrate aspects of Joyce's cultural politics in Ulysses and the ethics of desire in Finnegans Wake. Informed by debates in Joyce scholarship, literary studies and critical theory, and addressing the full range of his writing, this volume comprehensively examines the critical diversity of Joyce's linguistic practices. It is essential reading for all scholars of Joyce and modernism.
• Essays written by an international team of Joyce specialists • Covers all of Joyce's main prose works • Offers an even balance of close textual analysis and theory
Contributors; Acknowledgments; References and abbreviations; 1. Introduction: language(s) with a difference Laurent Milesi; 2. Syntactic glides Fritz Stern; 3. 'Cypherjugglers going the highroads': Joyce and contemporary linguistic theories Benoit Tadié; 4. Madonnas of modernism Beryl Schlossman; 5. Theoretical modelling: Joyce's women on display Diane Elam; 6. The lapse and the lap: Joyce with Deleuze Marie-Dominique Garnier; 7. 'Sound sense'; or 'tralala'/'moocow': Joyce and the anathema of writing Thomas Docherty; 8. Language, sexuality and the remainder in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Derek Attridge; 9. Border disputes Ellen Carol Jones; 10. Errors and expectations: the ethics of desire in Finnegans Wake Patrick McGee; 11. Ex sterco Dantis: Dante's post-Babelian linguistics in the Wake Lucia Boldrini; 12. No symbols where none intended: Derrida's war at Finnegans Wake Sam Slote; Works cited; Index.