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"Joyce, un pornographe": Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the Sally Mara Novels of Raymond Queneau

Duncan, D; (2015) "Joyce, un pornographe": Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the Sally Mara Novels of Raymond Queneau. James Joyce Quarterly , 52 (2) pp. 351-368. 10.1353/jjq.2015.0008. Green open access

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Abstract

This essay looks at two postwar novels published in Paris under the pseudonym Sally Mara. The novels—On est toujours trop bon avec les femmes and Journal intime—are both by Raymond Queneau, a former Surrealist and later founder of the experimental literary workshop, the Oulipo. Both novels are pornographic pulp fiction, but both also exhibit a profound and playful debt to Joyce. The essay argues that, while the first novel explicitly draws on Ulysses, borrowing its characters and pitching them into the Easter Uprising, the second owes a subtler debt to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man since it tells the story of its fictionalized author's literary and sexual coming of age in Dublin.

Type: Article
Title: "Joyce, un pornographe": Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the Sally Mara Novels of Raymond Queneau
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/jjq.2015.0008
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1353/jjq.2015.0008
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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/10091358
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