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Palgrave Macmillan

Joyce's Nietzschean Ethics

ISBN 9781137366221
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This is the first book-length treatment of James Joyce's multiplicity of styles through the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, the pre-eminent philosopher of style and perspectivism. Sam Slote argues that the range of styles Joyce deploys throughout his works has an ethical dimension. Rather than an influence study, this book concerns Joyce's engagement with issues and problems that are central throughout Nietzsche's works. Ultimately, the intersection between Joyce and Nietzsche raises questions of epistemology, aesthetics, ethics and the construction of the 'Modern' and thus should be of interest to a wide range of readers and scholars.

Sam Slote is Associate Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of The Silence in Progress of Dante, Mallarmé, and Joyce and 'Ulysses' in the Plural: The Variable Editions of Joyce's Novel and the co-editor of Derrida and Joyce: Texts and Contexts, How Joyce Wrote 'Finnegans Wake': A Chapter-by-Chapter Genetic Guide, Genitricksling Joyce, and Probes: Genetic Studies in Joyce. In addition to his work on Joyce, he has written on Modernists such as Beckett, Nabokov, Borges, Woolf and Elvis.

1: 'James Overman': Joyce Reading Nietzsche
2: Ecce Auctor: Self-Creation in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
3: Aufhebung Baby: Auto-genesis and Alterity in Ulysses
4: Joyce's Multifarious Styles in Ulysses
5: Also Sprach Molly Bloom
6: The Gay Science of Finnegans Wake


"In his strong, compact and compelling book, Sam Slote offers more than a book about the 'ethics of style' in Joyce and Nietzsche, much more than a study of the influence of Nietzsche - he revisits and reassesses Joyce's major works through Nietzschean questions, with help from Derrida, Wittgenstein and Rorty. He proves that Molly Bloom was indeed an Ueber-woman, and that there is something like a Gay Science in Finnegans Wake. This superb and lively book will attract more than Joyce specialists: it consistently poses essential questions about the politics of style and the need for new values combining art and life." - Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, USA
"Deeply informed and wide in its range of reference, Sam Slote's new book reveals the variety of filiations between Nietzsche and Joyce. In doing so, it not only sheds light on many aspects of Joyce's major works, but also inspires us to read Nietzsche anew - and differently." - Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA
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