In James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, Catherine Flynn recovers
the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity as the
foundational context of Joyce's imaginative consciousness.
Beginning with Joyce's underexamined first exile in 1902-03, she
shows the significance for his writing of the time he spent in
Paris and of a range of French authors whose works inflected his
experience of that city. In response to the pressures of Parisian
consumer capitalism, Joyce drew on French literature to conceive a
somatic aesthetic, in which the philosophically disparaged senses
of taste, touch, and smell as well as the porous, digestive body
resist capitalism's efforts to manage and instrumentalize desire.
This book resituates the most canonical of Irish modernists in a
European avant-garde context while revealing important links
between Anglophone modernism and critical theory.
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