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EcoJoyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce
EcoJoyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce

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Authors: Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin
Affiliation: University of Alberta, Canada
Publication Year: Hardback April 2014
Pages: 296
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781782050728

This collection introduces and examines the overarching ecological consciousness evinced in the writings of James Joyce. Reading Joyce with a keen attention to the manner in which the natural and built environment functions as context, horizon, threat, or site of liberation in Joyce's writing offers an engaging and fruitful way into the dense, demanding, and usually encyclopedic formation of knowledge that comprises Joyce's literary legacy.

Scholars working within Irish studies draw on a wide variety of critical outlooks, including cultural studies, post-colonial studies, transnational studies, gender studies and, of course, modernist studies; this book will help that community become better acquainted with how ecocriticism elucidates the work of Irish writers, and will encourage further research in this direction. Even writers like Joyce, who are usually regarded as primarily urban, exhibit a strong ecological dimension in their work, and there are many other Irish writers who have produced work that directly engages issues in ecology and environmental studies. Eco-Joyce covers a multitude of disciplines in an attempt to serve as a point of entry into Joyce and ecocriticism, of course, but it will also suggest ways in which Irish studies and modernist studies could gain energy from this relatively new and vital approach.

Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin are both at Department of English and Film Studies University of Alberta, Canada.


Foreword Anne Fogarty

Introduction: James Joyce and Ecocriticism Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin


JOYCE'S FICTION James Joyce, Climate Change and the Threat to our

'Natural Substance' Fiona Becket

Joyce and the Everynight Cheryl Temple Herr

Joyce, Ecofeminism and the River as Woman Bonnie Kime Scott

Word and World: The Ecology of the Pun in Finnegans Wake Erin Walsh

The Tree Wedding and the (Eco)Politics of Irish Forestry in 'Cyclops': History, Language and the

Viconian Politics of the Forest Yi-Peng Lai


Negative Ecocritical Visions in 'Wandering Rocks' Margot Norris

Joyce Beyond the Pale Brandon Kershner

'Aquacities of Thought and Language': The Political Ecology of Water in Ulysses Greg Winston

'Clacking Along the Concrete Pavement': Economic Isolation and the Bricolage of Place in James Joyce's Dubliners Christine Cusick

Joyce the Travel Writer: Space, Place and the Environment in James Joyce's Nonfiction Derek Gladwin


'Can excrement be art . . . if not, why not?' Joyce's Aesthetic Theory and the Flux of Consciousness Eugene O'Brien

Environment and Embodiment in Joyce's 'The Dead' Robert Brazeau

'Sunflawered' Humanity in Finnegans Wake: Nature, Existential Shame and Transcendence James Fairhall

Ineluctable Modality of the Visible: 'Nature' and Spectacle in 'Proteus' Garry Leonard

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5 of 5 Eco-Joyce May 21, 2015
Reviewer: Alison Lacivita, Green Letters from USA  
Overall, Eco-Joyce introduces literary scholarship to the intersection of James Joyce and environmental criticism. It provides an excellent introduction to ecocriticism for Joyce scholars and is important for the continuing development of ecocritical studies of both Modernism and Irish Literature. It is a very significant volume and will be cited for years and decades to come.

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5 of 5 EcoJoyce: The Environmental Imagination of James J April 2, 2015
Reviewer: Dathalinn M O'Dea Irish Literary Supplement 2015 from USA  
At first glance, the title of this new collection, Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce, might appear somewhat contradictory. The built environment of Joyce's "dear dirty Dublin" - in part his response to the ruralism of the Irish Literary Revival - does not immediately lend itself to the environmental turn in current criticism. Indeed, as Anne Fogarty acknowledges in her foreword,Joyce's reputation as an urban writer would seem to be at odds with "an ethical movement concerned with the rescue and preservation of the natural environment" (xv-xvi). Yet as the fourteen essays in this collection, edited by Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin, capably illustrate, studying the ecological dimension of Joyce's writing is not only possible, but also richly illuminating for Joyce studies, Irish studies and ecocritical theory itself.

Together, the essays of Eco-Joyce energize an emerging Irish ecocriticism, providing a template for future work in this field and aptly illustrating both the relevance and range of an environmentally minded approach. In much the same way that recent transnational comparative studies of Irish writing have benefitted Irish studies generally, opening the field to an array of fresh perspectives, ecocriticism likewise holds the promise of new themes, new contexts and new reading practices. Even for a figure like Joyce, whose writing seems to challenge conventional ideas of nature, the collection prompts readers to recognize issues of landscape, geography and the environment in his work and in other modernist writing. By drawing on a variety of critical outlooks - appealing to Joyceans, modernists, Irish studies scholars, and ecocritics alike - the essays that comprise this volume initiate an exciting new conversation within literary studies and reveal a "greener" Joyce that many readers might have expected to find.

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