New publication: James Joyce´s silences

Find below information on a new book of essays on Joyce; our colleague, from AEDEI, Teresa Caneda is one of the contributors.
Congratulations on this important publication.


In this landmark book, leading international scholars from North America, Europe and the UK offer a sustained critical attention to the concept of silence in Joyce’s writing. Examining Joyce’s major works, including Ulysses, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and FinnegansWake, the critics present intertextual and comparative interpretations of Joyce’s deployment of silence as a complex overarching narratological strategy.

Exploring the many dimensions of what is revealed in the absences that fill his writing, and the different roles – aesthetic, rhetorical,textual and linguistic – that silence plays in Joyce’s texts, James Joyce’s Silences opens up important new avenues of scholarship on the great modernist writer.

This volume is of particular interests to all academics and students involved in Joyce and Irish studies, modernism, comparative literature, poetics, cultural studies and translation studies.


Introduction: “Listening to the unspoken speech behind the words”
Jolanta Wawrzycka (Radford University, USA) and Serenella Zanotti
(Università Roma Tre, Italy)

Part 1: The Language of Silence
1. Active Silences
Fritz Senn (Zurich James Joyce Foundation, Switzerland)

2. Joyce’s Art of Silence in Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist
as a Young Man
Laura Pelaschiar (University of Trieste, Italy)

3. What Happens When ‘Silence Speaks the Scene’?
Rosa Maria Bollettieri (University of Bologna) and Ira Torresi
(University of Bologna-Forlì, Italy)

4. In the Beginning was the Nil: The ‘Eloquence of Silence’ in Finnegans Wake
Laurent Milesi (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Part 2: The Aesthetics of Silence
5. ‘Fragments of Shapes, Hewn. In White Silence: Appealing’: Silence and the Emergence of a Style from Giacomo Joyce to Ulysses
John McCourt (Università Roma Tre, Italy)

6. Joyce and the Aesthetics of Silence: Absence and Loss in “The Dead”
Teresa Caneda (University of Vigo, Spain)

7. “Affirmations and Negations Invalidated as Uttered” in Ulysses and How It Is
Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

8. ‘Shut Up He Explained’: Joyce and ‘Scornful Silence’
Morris Beja (Ohio State University, USA)

Part 3: Writing Silence
9. The Silent Author of James Joyce’s Dictated Letters
William S. Brockman (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

10. ‘Secrets, silent . . . sit’ in the Archives of Our Publishers: Untold Episodes from Joyce’s Italian Odyssey
Sara Sullam (University of Milan, Italy)

11. The Silence of the Looms
Tim Conley (Brock University, Canada)

Part 4: Translating Silence
12. Silent Translation in Joyce
Serenella Zanotti (Università Roma Tre, Italy)

14. ‘Mute Chime and Mute Peal’: Translating Chamber Music
Jolanta Wawrzycka (Radford University, USA)

13. ‘Music Hath Jaws’: Translating Music and Silence in Ulysses
Erika Mihálycsa (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania)

Coda: Modernism/Silence
15. Forms of Silence in Literary Writing: James Joyce and Modernism
Franca Ruggieri (Università Roma Tre, Italy)

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