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Joyce's Art of Mosaic

Baron, S; (2020) Joyce's Art of Mosaic. James Joyce Quarterly , 57 (1-2) pp. 21-34. 10.1353/jjq.2019.0100. Green open access

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Abstract

In The Art of James Joyce, Walton Litz's trail-blazing study of 1961, the image of Joyce as a mosaicist recurs with remarkable frequency. The analogy is vivid in its antique, arcane distinctiveness, memorably affiliating Joyce's practice to one of those classical models of craftsmanship his works all at once celebrate and interrogate. In deploying the image, Litz reprises a connection drawn by such eminent critical predecessors as H. G. Wells, Valery Larbaud, Ernest Boyd, and Frank Budgen, and one to which Joyce himself was partial. This essay uses the much favored analogy of Joyce's early reception as a heuristic tool for the exploration of his works and our relationship to them, shining a spotlight not only on its revelatory aptness and illustrative usefulness, but also on its limitations. Joyce's works, it concludes, teach us to regard the critical concepts and assumptions which underpin literary interpretation with both suspicion and self-consciousness.

Type: Article
Title: Joyce's Art of Mosaic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/jjq.2019.0100
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1353/jjq.2019.0100
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in the James Joyce Quarterly. For citation purposes, please consult the definitive publisher-authenticated version, which can be accessed through Project MUSE, through JSTOR (five years after publication), or through the paper journal. If you do not have access to these resources, please contact jjq-claims@utulsa.edu. All rights to reproduction are reserved.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073533
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