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Hoaxville: Reading Perec Reading Joyce

Baron, S; (2015) Hoaxville: Reading Perec Reading Joyce. James Joyce Quarterly , 52 (2) pp. 369-412. 10.1353/jjq.2015.0009. Green open access

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This essay explores Georges Perec's fascination with James Joyce and the influential role played by Ulysses in the development of his avant-gardist writing practices. While acknowledging Perec's cautious receptiveness to a number of contemporary cultural currents and the formative significance of his involvement in the Oulipo,1 the study highlights the extent of his lifelong engagement with Joyce and argues for a connection between the different but equally extreme forms of intertextuality cultivated by both writers. Focusing on the extraordinarily artful ways in which quotations from Ulysses are deployed in Life A User's Manual,2 it identifies the many and complex ways in which Perec's rule-governed intertextual system draws on and departs from Joyce's precedent.

Type: Article
Title: Hoaxville: Reading Perec Reading Joyce
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/jjq.2015.0009
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1353/jjq.2015.0009
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © for the JJQ, University of Tulsa, 2017. All rights to reproduction in any form are reserved. 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 > 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/1554781
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