Many students of Ulysses will be familiar to the point of boredom with James Joyce’s oft-quoted remark in a letter to Bertrand Russell, wherein he boasted that, should Dublin ever suffer an atomic blast ‘it would be possible to rebuild the entire city, brick by brick’ with the novel as a guide. But what isContinue reading “‘M’appari tutt’ amor’: James Joyce’s Italian Influences in Ulysses”
Have we reached the point of the ‘Sincere Turn’ in the current era of political discourse? Can earnestness ever be the predominant function of parliamentary debates and panel shows or, with Britain specifically in mind, is the sneering cult of the arched eyebrow destined to have its way? Superficially, it felt as if the UKContinue reading ““Do tell me why you’re laughing”: Irony and Sincerity in Goodbye to Berlin and The Line of Beauty”
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