Joyce's Disciples Disciplined: A Re-exagmination of the "Exagmination of Work in Progress"
Edited by Tim Conley
Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2010
In 1929, ten years before James Joyce completed "Finnegans Wake", Sylvia Beach published a strange book with a stranger title: "Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress". Worried by the confusion and attacks that constituted the general reception of his "Work in Progress" (the working title for "Finnegans Wake"), Joyce orchestrated this collection of twelve essays and two 'letters of protest' from such writers as Samuel Beckett, Stuart Gilbert, Eugene Jolas, Robert McAlmon, and William Carlos Williams. "Our Exagmination" represents an altogether unusual hybrid of criticism and advertisement, and since its first appearance has remained a touchstone as well as a point of contention for Joyce scholars. Eighty years later, Joyce's "Disciples Disciplined" reads the "Exagmination" as an integral part of the larger composition history and interpretive context of "Finnegans Wake" itself. This new collection of essays by fourteen outstanding Joycean scholars offers one essay in response to each of the original "Exagmination" contributions. From philosophically informed exegeses and new conceptions of international modernism to considerations of dance, film, and the flourishing field of genetic studies, these essays together exemplify an interdisciplinary criticism that is also a lively and ongoing conversation with that criticism's history.
Introduction (Tim Conley)
Dangerous Identifications, or Beckett's Italian Hoagie (Jean-Michel Rabate)
The Life of Brion's 'Idea of Time in the Work of James Joyce' (Sam Slote)
Joyce, the Master Craftsman- Frank Budgen and the Making of the Wake (Dirk Van Hulle)
Postlegomena to Stuart Gilbert's Prolegomena (Patrick McCarthy)
Eugene Jolas and the Joycean Word in Transition (Andrew J. Mitchell)
The Prosaic 'Rhythm of the Successive Pictures', or Going to the Movies with James Joyce and Victor Llona (Moshe Gold)
Joyce En Pointe - Robert McAlmon Reviews an Irish Word Ballet (Carol Loeb Shloss)
Thomas McGreevy and 'The Catholic Element' in Joyce (John Nash)
Disappointment and Transcendence - Reading for the Plot and Not in Finnegans Wake (Pamela Brown)
The Secret, the Baffled, the True - John Rodker and Late Avant-Garde Reading (Laura Heffernan)
Shocking Language - Robert Sage and the Circuitry of Meaning (Vicki Mahaffey)
A Point for Intercultural Criticism (Stephen John Dilks)
Finnegans Wake in a Dentist's Waiting Room (Finn Fordham)
The Pleasure of Meeting Mr. Dixon (Fritz Senn)
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