Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature

Joyce, Multilingualism, and the Ethics of Reading

Authors: Alexandrova, Boriana

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  • Offers a completely novel approach to multilingual writing by and beyond Joyce
  • Provides the only study of Finnegans Wake’s Russian translationsStands out as an original and timely feminist intervention into Finnegans Wake
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What if our notions of the nation as a site of belonging, the home as a safe place, or the mother tongue as a means to fluent comprehension did not apply? What if fluency were a hindrance, whilst our differences and contradictions held the keys to radical new ways of knowing? Taking inspiration from the practice of language learning and translation, this book explores the extraordinary creative possibilities, politics, and ethics of adopting a multilingual approach to reading. Its case study, James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (1939), is a text in equal measures exhilarating and exasperating: an unhinged portrait of European modernist debates on transculturalism and globalisation, here considered on the backdrop of current discourses on migration, race, gender, and neurodiversity. This book offers a fresh perspective on the illuminating, if perplexing, work of a beloved European modernist, whilst posing questions far beyond Joyce: on negotiating difference in an increasingly globalised world; on braving the difficulty of relating across languages and cultures; and ultimately on imagining possible futures where multilingual literature can empower us to read, relate, and conceptualise differently.

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Dr. Boriana Alexandrova is Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of York, UK. She has published on Irish modernism, multilingualism, translation, and disability. She works across several languages, including Russian, Bulgarian, English, German, and Italian, and her work employs a wide range of methodological approaches from disability theory, the medical humanities, feminist, queer, and cultural theory, phenomenology, trauma studies, and performance. Her work beyond Joyce engages with writers and artists including Eimear McBride, Marlene NourbeSe Philip, Margaret Randall, and Marina Abramović.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Joyce, Multilingualism, and the Ethics of Reading
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36279-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36279-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36278-2
Series ISSN
2634-6478
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 277
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