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"That's the Music of the Future": James Joyce's Ulusses and the Writing of a Difficult History
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4019-9582
2013 (English)In: Modernism/Modernity, ISSN 1071-6068, E-ISSN 1080-6601, Vol. 20, no 4, 685-708 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The modernists' obsession with history is well known. Responding to the ineluctable pace of modernization that threatened to sweep away the past, some modernists celebrated the loss and welcomed the new world; others engaged the historical imagination by capturing the disappearing world and the intransigent present. The actual difference between these two forms of modernist historical imagination is, however, not so tidy and complete, reflecting both the general disjunction between modernity's historical and anti-historical instincts and history's inexorable traces in the collective unconscious. James Joyce's adaptation of an epic perspective in Ulysses, however absurd and half serious, is instinctively historical and characteristically works both ways. He revels in the intoxicating dynamic of the new fast-changing world while at the same time obstinately working to capture the historicity of a disappearing present.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101420ISI: 000330494700004OAI: diva2:703621
Available from: 2014-03-07 Created: 2014-03-07 Last updated: 2014-03-10Bibliographically approved

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