Exiles in Writing: Joyce and Benjamin

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235278 | DOI:
Exiles in Writing: Joyce and             Benjamin

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This chapter examines the concept of exile or outsideness in the works of James Joyce and Walter Benjamin. It explains that exile or the concept of the outside, like many writerly constructs, presents itself in the unresolvable fluctuations of aporia, and serves as an inspiration and a heuristic device. Joyce illustrated this outsideness in his novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Benjamin in his essay “The Task of the Translator”, where there are interfaces, interlinguistic interstices, and interlinear gaps.

Keywords: James Joyce; Walter Benjamin; exile in literature; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; The Task of the Translator

Chapter.  8729 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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