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Exiles

ISBN : 9780198800064

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¥1,639
Author: 
James Joyce; Keri Walsh
Pages
176 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 196 mm mm
Pub date
Dec 2020
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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  • An Introduction which focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and performance as well as considering the nationalist and sectarian contexts of Dublin in 1912, the year of the play's setting.
  • Exiles is an important work in the field of Joyce studies, it illuminates the themes of performance that are so prominent throughout Joyce's fiction.
  • The events of Exiles drew on Joyce's own experiences of sexual jealousy that always accompanied his return visits to Dublin.
  • Includes chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes.

    
'That is my fear. That I stand between her and any moments of life that should be hers...'
   
Set against the backdrop of the Home Rule Crisis of 1912, Exiles is James Joyce's only surviving play. It tells the story of writer Richard Rowan and his common-law wife Bertha, characters drawn from Joyce's own life with Nora Barnacle. After a decade of absence from Dublin, Richard and Bertha have returned home from Rome, still unmarried, with their young son Archie. Richard hopes that he will be greeted as a returning genius and rewarded with a comfortable university position. But this aspiration ends up taking a back seat to the erotic crisis that is unleashed by the couple's return to the place where they first met, and their encounters with two old flames and friends.
  
In this play, Joyce revisits his own agonizing feelings of jealousy that were precipitated by similar trips home to Dublin.
  
In the introduction and notes, Keri Walsh provides a comprehensive look issues of gender, sexuality, and performance as well as considering the nationalist and sectarian contexts of Dublin in 1912, the year of the play's setting.

Index: 

Introduction
Composition and Publication History
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of James Joyce
EXILES
Appendix A: 'Ibsen's New Drama'
Appendix B: 'The Day of the Rabblement'
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

James Joyce
Edited by Keri Walsh, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, Fordham University

Keri Walsh is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University in New York. She is the editor of James Joyce's Dubliners (Broadview Press, 2016) and The Letters of Sylvia Beach (Columbia University Press, 2010.)

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