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Author Balinisteanu, Tudor.

Title Violence, narrative and myth in Joyce and Yeats : subjective identity and anarcho-syndicalist traditions / Tudor Balinisteanu
Published Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Contents Introduction -- Yeats's Revolving Gyres: A Metaphorical Language for the Modern Experience of Anarchism, Syndicalism, and Political Aesthetics -- Social Myth, Material Reality, and the Aesthetico-Ideological Functions of Art -- The Political Aesthetic of Yeats's Myth in Anarchist and Syndicalist Contexts -- Social Myth, Literary Narrative, and Political Aesthetics -- Social Myth and James Joyce's Political Aesthetic -- Social and Anti-social Aesthetic Drives in Joyce, Yeats, and Sorel -- W.B. Yeats, Social Myth, and Monoglossia -- James Joyce, Social Myth, and Heteroglossia -- Heteroglossic Desubjection and Monoglossic Subjection in Joyce, Yeats, and Sorel: Social Myth, Anarchy, and Syndicalism -- Modernism, Myth, Violence, and Social Change -- Modernist Art, Politics, and Social Change: A Sorelian Perspective -- Modernism, Narrative, and Violence -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography
Introduction -- Yeats's revolving gyres: a metaphorical language for the modern experience of anarchism, syndicalism, and political aesthetics -- Social myth, material reality, and the aesthetico-ideological functions of art -- The political aesthetic of Yeats's myth in anarchist and syndicalist contexts -- Social myth, literary narrative, and political aesthetics -- Social myth and James Joyce's political aesthetic -- Social and anti-social aesthetic drives in Joyce, Yeats, and Sorel -- W.B. Yeats, social myth, and monoglossia -- James Joyce, social myth, and heteroglossia -- Heteroglossic desubjection and monoglossic subjection in Joyce, Yeats, and Sorel: social myth, anarchy, and syndicalism -- Modernism, myth, violence, and social change -- Modernist art, politics, and social change: a Sorelian perspective -- Modernism, narrative, and violence -- Conclusion
Summary Arguing that art is a form of social praxis, this book examines the capitalist ethos of serial reproduction of objects as one that also produces individuals as serial types. Art as praxis makes possible the reconstruction of one's identity and material environment as irreproducible, unique, and original art texts. Art becomes the tool of a creative process that has both material and spiritual dimensions. In recreating the self and the world as aesthetically unique, original and irreproducible, art challenges the capitalist ethos of reproduction that leads to routine, dissatisfaction and alienation. This theory is rooted in the anarchist intellectual tradition, especially Georges Sorel's conceptualisation of the relations between art, violence and social myth, in which workers are regarded as artisans, artists and activists. Balinisteanu illustrates this through analyses of the ways in which James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, along with key modernist writers and philosophers, facilitated the reconstruction of the social self and social-material reality in a process where political action also became an action of aesthetic creation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Joyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Sorel, Georges, 1847-1922 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Myth in literature.
Violence in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137291583 (electronic bk.)
9781137291585 (electronic bk.)