The Subaltern Ulysses
( The Subaltern Ulysses was first published in 1994. Minn...)
The Subaltern Ulysses was first published in 1994. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. How might an IRA bomb and James Joyce's Ulysses have anything in common? Could this masterpiece of modernism, written at the violent moment of Ireland's national emergence, actually be the first postcolonial novel? Exploring the relation of Ulysses to the colony in which it is set, and to the nation being born as the book was written, Enda Duffy uncovers a postcolonial modernism and in so doing traces another unsuspected strain within the one-time critical monolith. In the years between 1914 and 1921, as Joyce was composing his text, Ireland became the first colony of the British Empire to gain its independence in this century after a violent anticolonial war. Duffy juxtaposes Ulysses with documents and photographs from the archives of both empire and insurgency, as well as with recent postcolonial literary texts, to analyze the political unconscious of subversive strategies, twists on class and gender, that render patriarchal colonialist culture unfamiliar. Ulysses, Duffy argues, is actually a guerrilla text, and here he shows how Joyce's novel pinpoints colonial regimes of surveillance, mocks imperial stereotypes of the "native," exposes nationalism and other chauvinistic ideologies of "imagined community" as throwbacks to the colonial ethos, and proposes versions of a postcolonial subject. A significant intervention in the massive "Joyce industry" founded on the rhetoric and aesthetics of high modernism, Duffy's insights show us not only Ulysses, but also the origins of postcolonial textuality, in a startling new way. Enda Duffy is assistant professor of English at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Andrew Enda Duffy Edit Profile
Bachelor of Education, National University Ireland, Dublin, 1981. Master of Arts, Rutgers University, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1990.
Assistant professor, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 1990-1991; Assistant professor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1991-1993; faculty fellow Humanities Center, 1993; Assistant professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993-1995; associate professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, since 1995.
Member American Conference in Irish Studies, Modern Language Association, James Joyce Foundation.
Married Maurizia Boscagli, July 23, 1988.
1990 - 1991
1991 - 1993
1993 - 1995