By Greg Winston
Every one of James Joyce's significant works seemed in a yr outlined by way of armed clash in eire or continental Europe: Dubliners in 1914 on the outbreak of the 1st global battle; A Portrait of the Artist as a tender guy within the similar 12 months because the 1916 Easter emerging; Ulysses in February 1922, months after the Anglo-Irish Treaty and some months earlier than the outbreak of the Irish Civil warfare; and Finnegans Wake in 1939, as Joyce complained that the German army's westward advances upstaged the novel's release.
In Joyce and Militarism, Greg Winston considers those masterworks in mild of the longstanding shadows that army tradition and beliefs forged over the society during which the author lived and wrote. the 1st book-length learn of its sort, this articulate quantity deals unique and fascinating insights into Joyce's reaction to the army presence in every little thing from schooling and athletics to prostitution and public area
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Extra resources for Joyce and Militarism (The Florida James Joyce Series)
An expatriate Anglophone with socialist sympathies, he was attuned to key strains of antimilitarist ideology, which he effectively packaged and redeployed in fictional forms for English-speaking readers accustomed to seeing militarism as an essentially Continental phenomenon. The word “militarism” appears to have entered English a generation before Joyce used it in his tirade against the reluctant London printer. Coincidentally, it made its linguistic flight from the same political conflagration whose embers were still smoldering in 1904 when Joyce arrived in Trieste.
He relies upon a fairly reductive distinction between armed “glory” and martial “disease,” a binary that depends on no objective criteria, only whether the army in question belongs to one’s admired ally or sworn enemy. 5 Meanwhile, the medical metaphor establishes another deceptive quality of the term, one that distracts from Joyce and Ideas of Militarism · 25 the physical horrors of military culture by calling attention to its abstract notions of honor. The analogy assumes a clear contrast between a presumably admirable activity of the human spirit and a wretched condition of the human body.
His chapter “Militarism in England and Germany” deliberately brings together the two rivals who each regarded the other at the time as overtly militaristic and aggressive societies. The juxtaposition alone goes against the grain of the contemporary jingoism and sensationalist journalism that had already set England and Germany on a collision course toward war. Ferrero begins by addressing the widespread misperception among English readers of Prusso-Germany as the most bellicose nation in Europe.