Joyce/ Foucault: Sexual Confessions

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Sheds new light on James Joyce's use of sexual motifs as cultural raw material for Ulysses and other works Joyce/Foucault: Sexual Confessionsexamines instances of sexual confession in works of James Joyce, with a special emphasis onPortrait of the Artist as a Young ManandUlysses. Using Michel Foucault's historical analysis of Western sexuality as its theoretical underpinning, the book foregrounds the role of the Jesuit order in the spread of a confessional force, and finds this influence inscribed into Joyce's major texts. Wolfgang Streit goes on to argue that the tension between the texts' erotic passages and Joyce's criticism of even his own sexual writing energizes Joyce's narratives-and enables Joyce to develop the radical skepticism of power revealed in his work.Wolfgang Streit is Lecturer, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix
Introduction: Joyce and Confession 1(12)
1 Confession and Order in Chamber Music and Dubliners 13(16)
2 The Struggle for Confession in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 29(41)
3 The Stage as Confessional: Exiles 70(15)
4 Ulysses' Sexual Confession and Its Self-Critique 85(59)
5 Sexual Uncertainty in Finnegans Wake 144(15)
Notes 159(44)
References 203(12)
Index 215

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