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Introduction: Strandentwining Cables

Scarlett Baron

in ‘Strandentwining Cable’

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693788
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732157 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693788.003.0001

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Introduction: Strandentwining Cables

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Taking wing from Stephen Dedalus’s thoughts about umbilical cords in the ‘Proteus’ episode of Ulysses, the introduction presents and explains the book’s principal objective: to identify and unravel some of the many ‘strandentwining cables’ that connect Joyce’s works to Flaubert’s, tracing the ways in which they inflect his writing and help crystallize his thinking about textual relations. Twenty-first-century critical discussions of such literary affinities face a choice between two contending paradigms: influence on the one hand, intertextuality on the other. The introduction differentiates these terms in such a way as to render explicit the rationale behind the study’s adoption of a primarily intertextual perspective. It also provides a survey of earlier work on the relations between Joyce and Flaubert, and outlines the stages of the book’s chronological trajectory.

Keywords: author-god; genetic criticism; Julia Kristeva; Roland Barthes; Harold Bloom; influence; intertextuality

Chapter.  8357 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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