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Rituals of literature : Joyce, Dante, Aquinas, and the tradition of Christian epics /
Gian Balsamo.
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Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press, c2004.
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160 p.
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0838755496 (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press, c2004.
isbn
0838755496 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5198364
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gian Balsamo is professor of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-12-01:
Balsamo (American Univ., Cairo) contends that in Stephen Hero, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake, Joyce engages with the tradition of Christian epic through a revisioning of doctrine and liturgy, particularly that pertaining to the Eucharist and Crucifixion. Beginning with an examination of sacrifice from ancient Greek culture to Christian ritual, and working through the presence of the apocalyptic in the epic tradition, he argues that Christian epic seeks to bring readers to an "intimacy with the divine," a knowledge through the body of sacrificial rite and the mystery of resurrection. Joyce creates a new kind of Christian epic through a typological refiguration of the incarnation, beginning with a "postcreation"--in which the hero (Stephen Dedalus, Shem the Penman) returns to the womb--and ending with a "transaccidentation"--in which Joyce writes his own transubstantiation, embodying his own text, through blood and excrement. Thus he sacrifices himself to and through his text, creating a "bio-graphy": "the collusion of individual biography, textual typography, and organic biology." An interesting contribution to critical works that focus on Joyce's engagement with religion and ritual, Balsamo's is a book for experienced Joycians. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. J. M. Utell Widener University
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"The tradition of Christian epics, born out of Biblical stories and Homeric poems, counts among its most influential exponents Dante. Malory. Tasso, Spenser, Milton, Blake, Goethe, and Joyce (along with Virgil as its ""founding father""). Balsamo's Rituals of Literature is devoted to Joyce's and Dante's special contributions to this tradition. By highlighting the integrated nature of its typical tropes, Joyce and Dante establish the historical identity of the Christian epic as a distinct literary genre."
Unpaid Annotation
The tradition of Christian epics, born out of Biblical stories and Homeric poems, counts among its most influential exponents Dante, Malory, Tasso, Spenser, Milton, Blake, Goethe, and Joyce (along with Virgil as its "founding father"). Balsamo's Rituals of Literature is devoted to Joyce's and Dante's special contributions to this tradition. By highlighting the integrated nature of its typical tropes, Joyce and Dante establish the historical identity of the Christian epic as a distinct literary genre.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Abbreviationsp. 11
Introductionp. 15
Archaic Ritualp. 24
Dante's Literary Ritual: Contra Aquinasp. 47
Joyce's Literary Ritualp. 95
Closing Remarksp. 124
Afterwordp. 130
Notesp. 134
Bibliographyp. 148
Indexp. 156
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